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Warriors stay undefeated

April 08, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Bobby McFerrin would have been proud of the Boonsboro baseball team Friday afternoon.

Down 5-1 in the sixth inning? Don't worry, be happy.

Mike Fravel's three-run double down the left field line with two outs in the seventh lifted the Warriors to a stunning 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Brunswick in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, keeping Boonsboro's undefeated record intact.

"We were real positive," Fravel said of the team's attitude. "We've had a good offensive season so far ... four runs is nothing to us."

"They might not have had any worries today," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "But I had some worries."

Matt Feldman's two-run single highlighted a four-run third inning for Brunswick (3-3, 2-2), which took advantage of two Boonsboro errors.

Railroaders starter Justin Tucker held the Warriors (6-0, 4-0) to one run and four hits while striking out three through five innings, but started to tire in the sixth. With the Brunswick bullpen depleted from three games already this week and the Frederick County Tournament last weekend, Tucker got no relief.

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Keith Kellinger's two-run double to left center pulled Boonsboro within 5-3, but a pair of baserunning mistakes by Kellinger kept the Warriors in rally mode for the seventh.

Steve Weaver walked to lead off and, with one out, Dan Wisner hit a slow roller to second which Rickey Ault failed to handle cleanly, leaving runners at first and third.

"We make that play, and we're probably out of it," Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. "If you don't make the routine plays, teams like Boonsboro are going to beat you."

Derrick Metzger's single plated one run to make it 5-4, before Nathan Himes walked to load the bases. Cody Hanes followed with a rocket to third that Preston Tarleton snared for the second out, leaving things up to Fravel.

Fravel took the first pitch down the middle, then ripped the next one down the line and off the fence on one bounce. Wisner, Metzger and Himes raced around to score the tying and winning runs.

"We were taking a pitch just to see the pitches, and the first pitch was right down the wheelhouse," Fravel said. "That was my pitch, and I didn't swing. (But) the second one was in the same place. ... I knew it'd be down in the corner, I just hoped it'd clear the bases so we'd have a lead to work with."

"It didn't look like things would turn our way, and when they did, they turned big," Kreiger said. "Mike is a (heck) of a hitter, and he showed it in that spot."

Keith Overdorff was the unsung hero for the Warriors. The right-handed sidearmer came on in relief of Craig Henson in the fifth and allowed one hit over the final three innings to earn the win.

No. 6 Boonsboro 7, No. 8 Brunswick 5

Boonsboro 001 002 4 - 7 7 4

Brunswick 014 000 0 - 5 7 2

Henson, Overdorff (5) and Himes. Tucker and Feldman. WP-Overdorff (1-0). LP-Tucker (0-2).

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