Extra effort costs 'Cats

April 19, 2001

Extra effort costs 'Cats


Boonsboro's Mallott safe at 3rdPhoto: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

BOONSBORO - Williamsport baseball coach Rod Steiner doesn't mind losing to a good team - in Thursday's case, No. 10 Boonsboro - but he does mind the way the Wildcats lost.


The Warriors broke open a 4-4 tie with three unearned runs off two separate Williamsport errors, then put away the Wildcats late in an 11-4 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"That's the way we've played this year, giving (teams) extra outs," Steiner said. "They break your back. ... I don't mind losing to a good baseball team, but not when we're giving them extra outs."


Ben Jordan's RBI single and Brent Hoover's RBI double, both off Boonsboro starter Nathan Kaetzel, gave Williamsport a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning.

Nathan Himes' two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fourth off Williamsport starter Gary Naile tied the game at 4-4 and moved Sean Selby to third. Himes stole second on Naile's first pitch to Cody Hanes.

Hanes grounded the next pitch to Hoover, the shortstop. Hoover's throw was low and got past first baseman Adam McAllister, allowing Selby and Himes to score for a 6-4 lead.

"You put the ball in play in high school baseball, and things can happen," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "It just wasn't one of their days."

The Wildcats added five insurance runs in the sixth. Thomas Malphrus doubled and Kaetzel singled, before Selby dropped a bunt that Naile fielded and threw wildly past first.

Malphrus came around to score on the error.

Hanes drove in Kaetzel and Selby with a one-out single, and Keith Kellinger hit a towering two-run homer down the left field line with two outs to finish the scoring.

"These guys can handle the bat," Kreiger said. "We've been turning them loose in more situations."

Kaetzel earned the win, pitching the first four innings and allowing all four Williamsport runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two. Chris Bell worked the last three innings for the save, allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning two.

"(Bell) got a good chance today, and he made it pay off for him," Kreiger said.

No 10 Boonsboro 11 Williamsport 4



Naile, Miles (6) and Allen. N. Kaetzel, Bell (5) and Himes. WP - N. Kaetzel (1-1). LP - Naile (1-2). HR - B: Kellinger (6th, one on).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the completion of March 28th's suspended game between the two teams, Boonsboro pounded out five runs in the seventh inning to complete a 14-9 victory.

Cody Hanes finished with four hits, two of them doubles, and five RBI and Nathan Kaetzel added two hits and four RBI for Boonsboro.

Keith Kellinger added three hits and two RBI, Thomas Malphrus had two hits and Nathan Himes had two hits and two RBI.

For Williamsport, Mike Stevens had three hits and Eric Fitzgerald had two hits.



Kellinger, Overdorff (3), Kaetzel (5), Bell (6) and Himes. Naile, Miles (6), Naile (7), Miles (7) and Allen. WP-Bell (1-0). LP-Naile (1-3).

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