Cadets hang on vs. Bulldogs

May 08, 2002|BY CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg baseball coach Ty Hart didn't mind seeing Trey Arvon at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Sixth-ranked Martinsburg needed just a single to the outfield to tie the score and complete a remarkable late-inning comeback, and Arvon already had a single and double to his credit.

But it was a freshman, Jesse Highling, that stole the spotlight, fanning Arvon to preserve Frederick's 7-6 victory at P.O. Faulkner Field Tuesday night.

"It wasn't really pressure," said Highling. "I thought I could take him. I knew I had a good defense to back me up."


Trailing 7-4 entering the seventh, Joey Yurish tripled and scored on a Corey Gano single that chased reliever Tyler Hislop. Highling retired Brandon Bartley on a pop-up to first before Matt Wilson moved Gano to second with a ground ball to first.

Blaine Durst followed with a soft fly ball that Frederick rightfielder Danny Kern misplayed for a two-base error that scored Gano, and set up the showdown with Arvon.

"We had one of our better hitters up," Hart said. . "(Highling) just threw a good pitch, and it fooled him."

But Frederick coach Phil Rhodes would have much rather it not gotten to that point.

"We jumped ahead and got a pretty comfortable lead, but their (reliever Justin Walther) shut us down and they started coming back at us. Give (Martinsburg) credit. They didn't quit."

A Tony Magnanelli home run got the Cadets (7-13) started in the second as Frederick added two more runs on a balk, and a Cory Rhodes' RBI double.

Frederick added four more in the third when Kern led off with a triple, Brian Anderson walked, and Magnanelli doubled them in. Brent Belmont singled to plate Magnanelli, and ultimately scored on an error.

"What cost us tonight were the mental mistakes," said Hart. "We're going into the playoffs now, and hopefully we'll start catching some breaks."

Meanwhile, Frederick starter Robbie Davis pitched out of trouble in the first and second before the Bulldogs (18-13) finally broke through with two runs in

the third on RBI singles from Mike Ware and Yurish before the rally was killed by the second double play of the game turned in by the Cadets.

Ware plated another run with a single in the fifth, and Wilson made it 7-4 with a solo home run in the sixth.

Frederick 7

No. 6 Martinsburg 6

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Davis, Hislop (6), Highling (7) and Andrews. Holton, Walther (4), Bartley (7), and Hitt, Twigg (4). WP-Davis. LP-Holton. S-Highling. HR-F: Magnanelli (2nd, none on); M: Wilson (6th, none on).

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