Warriors, sunset hold off North

March 28, 2002|BY DAN SPEARS

Wednesday's temperatures were all set up for nasty weather, so of course the Boonsboro and North Hagerstown baseball teams hit the ball like they didn't want to leave the field.

In the end, only darkness and Boonsboro's early burst kept the game from a continuance, as the Warriors built a 10-run lead, then hung on for a 13-9 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"Our pitching was pretty good until the game was over," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "Then I was just glad it got dark."

The Warriors (2-0, 2-0) may have been cold because of the win, but their bats were red-hot from the start. Leading 4-3 after three, Derrick Metzger and Mike Fravel both had strong doubles down the left-field line in the fourth inning. They both scored for a 6-3 lead to back a solid, if not spectacular, four-inning effort from left-hander Craig Henson.


"We can swing the bat a little," Kreiger said. "Our pitching's OK and our defense is pretty good. Two out of three usually isn't bad."

But it's not as good as 9-for-12, which is how many Warriors reached base safely in the top of the sixth inning. Three hit batsmen, four singles, a walk and a double added up to seven runs and a 13-3 lead with darkness quickly eating up the horizon.

With an almost-sure defeat staring them in the face, the Hubs (1-2, 1-2) tried to play for another day. They got down to their final out, then put up six runs in near twilight - capped by a three-run homer by Matt Tedrick - but Nathan Kaetzel got a ground ball to second to end the game.

"(Boonsboro) put the ball in play all day, give them credit for that," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "And that's the thing: we can't wait until our last at-bat. We've got to come out in the first inning and do that."

Fravel, Metzger, Nathan Kaetzel and Marty Kaetzel all finished with two hits for Boonsboro. T.J. Hose had three hits, including two doubles, and Matt Johnson had two hits for North.

Boonsboro 13, North 9


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Henson, N. Kaetzel (5) and Himes, Werst (6). Hose, Johnson (6), Kelley (6) and Carbaugh. WP-Henson (1-0). LP-Hose (0-2). S-N. Kaetzel (1). HR-NH: Tedrick (6th, two on).

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