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Lions get early runs this time

April 17, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

Playing one-run games is starting to get old for the Walkersville baseball team. Tuesday, the Lions tried ending a game early, and it worked.

No. 5 Walkersville had a four-run lead after three innings against No. 10 South Hagerstown, and never let it go for a 9-3 victory to stay near the top of a crowded Monocacy Valley Athletic League chase.

"I'm just happy that we didn't get in a situation where we might end up losing the game in the final inning," Walkersville coach Dorsey Gilbert said. "We have kept every previous game an adventure. Our guys feel like that the monkey is off their back."

Cole Kidwell allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings to get the win.

"I think I did pretty good," Kidwell said. "I was on. My defense backed me up. My catcher, Ray Dorsey, and I were pretty much on the same page."

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Kidwell had control until walking the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, but allowed just one run to get the save.

"Both of our pitchers were able to throw strikes and mix in their off-speed pitches," Gilbert said. "We swung the bats okay. I thought that our guys were much more aggressive at the plate today."

Derek Krantz and Alex Dub had two hits for Walkersville (6-2, 3-2). Josh Norris had two hits for the Rebels (3-3, 2-2), who are without senior catcher Aaron Showe for the next week or two due to illness.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't come out and play the way that we have been playing up to this point," South Hagerstown coach Greg Eversole said. "Not hitting in a couple of bases-loaded situations really hurt us."

No. 5 Walkersville 9

No. 10 South 3

W'ville 1141002-982

South 0110010-374

Kidwell, Anderson (6) and Dube, Dorsey (2). Ryan, Moore (4), Cote (7), Sellers (7) and Peterson. WP-Kidwell (4-1). LP-Ryan (1-1). SV-Anderson (1). HR-S: Campbell (3rd, none on).

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