"We don't have a lot of home runs here, even with the smaller field," Musselman coach Jeff Cunningham said. "I thought it was a College World Series game out there."
Then Martinsburg turned to the short game. The Bulldogs used a double, four singles, two walks, an error on a possible double-play ball and a key fielder's choice to get nine runs in the fourth inning to blow the game open.
"With the wind and all the offense, we made a few mistakes in the field, and that was the diference," Cunningham said.
The Bulldogs continued piling on the rest of the way on singles and walks. Brett Twigg had two hits and four RBI, including a two-run homer, to lead the offense. Jesse Keyser had a three-run homer and four RBI, and Blaine Durst, Trey Arvon and Joey Yurish all had three hits. Martinsburg plays Jefferson at 7 tonight at P.O. Faulkner Park in the sectional final; a Bulldogs win would force a second game on Thursday.
For Musselman, Craig Barrett - the No. 9 hitter - had three hits and five RBI. Ronnie Shaffer added three hits and Wes Kees had two hits.
"With the pitchers that were going, I thought this would be a closer game, like 7-6," Etherington said. "I thought Joey (Yurish) would be on, and I know (Musselman starter Bobby Levie) throws a lot better than we saw today. I'm surprised we scored that much. This was unbelievable."
Yurish, Gano (3), Holton (7) and Twigg. Levie, Combs (3), Cheeseman (4), Levie (7) and Price, D. Miller. WP-Gano (6-4). LP-Combs (4-5). HR-Ma: Twigg (3rd, one on), Yurish (3rd, none on), Keyser (3rd, two on); Mu: Barrett (2nd, one on), Price (3rd, one on), Shaffer (3rd, none on).
Walkersville 15, Glenelg 3
WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Walkersville (17-5) scored three runs in the first inning and then four in the second, third and fourth innings to eliminate Glenelg in Md. 2A West quarterfinal action.
Alex Dub had three hits and five RBI, Danny Leatherman had three hits, including a two-run homer, Mike Mullinix hit a grand slam and Wes Anderson had three hits for Walkersville.
Corona, Hempel (1), Maynard (3) and Lahayne. Mullinix, Reilly (5) and Dub. WP-Mullinix (5-1). LP-Corona. HR-W: Leatherman (2nd, one on); Mullinix (4th, three on).
Westmar 7, Clear Spring 2
CLEAR SPRING - Richie Dellinger's grand slam in the top of the seventh inning put a close game out of reach as Westmar beat Clear Spring in the Class 1A West quarterfinals.
Chris Everitts hit a two-run home run in the second inning for Clear Spring.
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Kolberg, Dellinger (6), Marchinke. Mills and Everitts. WP - Kolberg. LP - Mills. HR- W: Dellinger (7th, three on); CS: Mills (2nd, one on).
Brunswick 21, Forest Park 1
BRUNSWICK, Md. - Brunswick got 10 hits and 12 runs in the first inning to cruise to a Class 1A South quarterfinal win over Forest Park.
Matt Feldman went 4-for-4, Wayne Toms went 3-for-3 with two doubles, and Preston Tarleton went 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead Brunswick (9-12). Brian Baugher and Eric Quijada added two hits apiece.
Tommy Blumenauer carried a no-hit shutout into the fifth inning, giving up only two singles and striking out nine.
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E. Johnson, K. Johnson (3) and Gordon. Blumenauer and Feldman, Bownman (5). WP - Blumenauer (3-0). LP - E. Johnson.
Hammond 2, Middletown 0
COLUMBIA, Md. - The Knights were held to three hits in a Class 2A West quarterfinal loss to Hammond.
WP - Anders. LP - Marc Crawford.
Goretti 3, Bishop Walsh 1
Josh Carter hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead St. Maria Goretti to a win over Bishop Walsh in the Maryland Private Schools Tournament.
Nick Adenhart threw a one-hitter and struck out 14 for Goretti (17-9).
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Orndorf (BW catcher not available). Adenhart and Stiles. WP - Adenhart (6-2). LP - Orndorf. HR - SMG: Carter (7th, one on).
Chambersburg 3, Mechanicsburg 2