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1A Baseball Semifinals - Warriors pull rank on Col. Richardson

May 23, 2002|BY Joel Huffer

joelh@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - The way Nathan Kaetzel sees it, hitting is more important than pitching.

Fortunately for the Boonsboro baseball team, the senior did his share of both Tuesday night.

Kaetzel tossed a complete-game two-hitter and drove in two runs on three singles as Boonsboro defeated Colonel Richardson, 4-1, in the Class 1A baseball semifinals at McCurdy Memorial Park.

The Warriors (18-4) will meet Catoctin, a 7-5 winner in the other semifinal, at noon Saturday for the state championship at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, Md.

"I felt great out there, and I felt like I got stronger as the game went on," said Kaetzel, who gave himself a 2-0 lead with singles in the first and third innings. "But hitting is more important than pitching is really."

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Kaetzel allowed two baserunners in the first inning and a leadoff single in the second. But after the Warriors turned a double play to clear the bases in the second, Kaetzel retired eight in a row, four by strikeouts.

"Nathan was pitching a great ballgame," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "He had great command and his curve ball had bite. He gave them fits with it."

Kaetzel's run-scoring singles drove home Mike Fravel, who had reached on an errror and been hit by a pitch.

The Warriors increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Steve Weaver singled and moved to second on a fielder's choice. Derrick Metzger followed with a bunt single, and Cody Hanes hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Weaver.

In the fifth, Marty Kaetzel reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a triple by Weaver.

"I thought the way that we've been swinging the bats that we'd be able to have a little more offense than that," Kreiger said.

Colonel Richardson (9-11) scored in the seventh after a walk, a single, a wild pitch and an error. The Colonels brought the tying run to plate with two outs, but Kaetzel forced a fly ball to the deepest park of the field that was hauled in by Hanes.

"I took a deep breath on it," Kreiger said. "He put a charge into it."

Metzger had two hits for Boonsboro.

Kaetzel struck out six and walked five.

Boonsboro 4, Colonel Richardson 1

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