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Wildcats ruled out in West

May 21, 2001

Wildcats ruled out in West

Southern Garrett 4

Williamsport 1

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Jordan, Embly (3) and Allen. DiSimone and Palmer. WP-DiSimone. LP-Embly (6-3).



OAKLAND, Md. - In the end, Williamsport baseball coach Rod Steiner knew that a questionable call wasn't the complete downfall of his Wildcats in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Southern Garrett in the Class 1A West final.

But, oh, if he could have gotten that one back.

"We kept playing hard and the kids kept asking about a protest ... it really hurt the way we were playing," Steiner said. "It took a spark out of us because that was a good play, too."

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The play in question came in the fourth inning.

With runners on second and third and one out in a 1-1 game, Southern's John Heldig lined a shot to center, which was caught by Mike Stevens. Chad Panther didn't tag up from second and, after an appeal, was called out.

However, the runner from third tagged properly on the play and scored, which Steiner appealed.

"He was ruled out and the run shouldn't have counted. And I protested," Steiner said. "And they refused to recognize that and put the run back on the board.

"I had my rules and I got it out and read the rule to them again and (the umpires) said, 'No we've got to get going.' Again I protested. And they said, 'Let's play ball.'"

It gave Southern a 2-1 lead, which they added to in the fifth on an error and back-to-back doubles.

Williamsport (11-12) got one more chance when Gary Naile singled in the sixth, but he was wiped out on a double play. The Wildcats only got three hits off Justin DiSimone, who struck out nine.

Matt Allen's groundout in the first scored Brent Hoover for Williamsport's only run.

"He threw good the whole game, had a good change of pitches," Steiner said. "He's probably one of the best we've faced all year."

In the end, he and one questioned call spelled the final answer to Williamsport's season.

"I don't want to take anything away from Southern. They're a very good baseball team that played well today," Steiner said. "We played good enough to win, but we didn't get a break and then the error (in the fifth) ... that kinda sent the game out on a bad note."

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