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Warriors turn it around vs. Rebels

April 30, 2001

Warriors turn it around vs. Rebels



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro 12
S. Hagerstown 1


Boonsboro11631-12130

S. Hagerstown10000-131

Wright and Himes; Cote, Keller (3), Vaverchak (5) and Decker. WP - Wright. LP - Cote. HR - B: Kellinger (3rd, two on); Malott (4th, one on).



Boonsboro swept a doubleheader from South Hagerstown on Friday.

The Warriors baseball team not only rolled to a five-inning victory, it also won the philosophy portion of the contest.

Boonsboro used two home runs and a six-run third inning to easily bump off the Rebels 12-1 on Chris Wright's three-hitter. The reasons why were open to debate ... the topic, high school baseball.

"In high school baseball, if you put the ball in play, things happen," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "We haven't been doing that lately. We were able to do it today."

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Time. The floor over to Greg Eversole.

"Baseball is confusing ... how it comes to you and evades you," South's coach said. "Today, it evaded us. I thought we had everything fixed. We didn't answer the bell."

Boonsboro put the ball in play and South was evasive when it came its way. The Warriors scored more runs Friday than they had in the last four games combined.

Boonsboro had 13 hits and used four walks and a South error to keep the basepaths populated. The difference was the big hit.

"What a difference a week makes," Kreiger said. "A week ago, we were 7-3 and ready to make a run in the league. Then we got whomped. Now we are starting to turn it around. We haven't been swinging the bat well, we've seen some good pitching, but we haven't been swinging the bats."

Boonsboro (8-7, 7-6) got a run in the first off South starting pitcher Adam Cote, started when the Rebels failed to turn a double play. Nathan Himes and Tom Malphrus led off with singles before Himes took third on Cody Hanes' fielder's choice grounder to second. John Quail's grounder scored the run.

South came back in the bottom of the inning on Wright's first three pitches, producing back-to-back doubles by Bryan Haupt and Danny Fowler to tie the game. From there, Wright allowed only Nick Keller's second-inning bunt single.

Derrick Metzger's RBI single gave Boonsboro a 2-1 lead in the second, right before the Warriors grabbed the momentum for good.

Jeff Decker took Wright's first pitch of the second inning and drove it to the center field wall, but Hanes ran the fly down and caught it for a long first out.

"The big play of the game was Decker's fly to center," Eversole said. "That was a heck of a running catch. It changed the game. It just came down that they hit the ball and we didn't."

Boonsboro struck for six runs in the third, highlighted by Keith Kellinger's three-run homer, his sixth of the season. Malphrus added a two-run single and Quail had an RBI hit for the 8-1 lead.

Justin Malott clubbed a two-run homer in the fourth to cap the three-run fourth and Hanes' double in the fifth scored the final run. Wright pitched a complete game, allowing four walks while striking out five.

"We don't play well from behind because we usually play little ball," Kreiger said. "We have to get runners on base to do it. Things hadn't been going our way. Today we did."

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