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Warriors edge Rebels in 5 innings

March 25, 2003|by JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - The defending Maryland Class 1A state champion Boonsboro Warriors had their ups and downs on Monday against the South Hagerstown Rebels.

The Warriors blew a 6-1 lead to fall behind 7-6, before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and holding on for an 8-7 win in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League baseball opener for both teams.

It was ruled an official game when the contest was stopped after five innings because of darkness.

"I think that South has got a real nice club and that they will have a good season," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "Coach Stottlemyer had them ready to play. We are just fortunate to come out on top. Thank goodness that it got dark."

Keith Kellinger started Boonsboro's winning rally in the last of the fourth with a single to left and came home with the tying run, one out later, on a double to center by senior second baseman Marty Kaetzel. Kaetzel took third on the throw to home plate. After that, Kaetzel scored on an RBI grounder to the shortstop by Josh Mitchell.

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"I was just trying to make good contact," Kaetzel said. "Luckily, the ball was able to get through. It was a big game. South battled the whole way. Hats off to South. They played a good game. Josh Mitchell came in to pitch and did a good job. That was a crucial double play that we turned in the top of the fifth inning."

Kaetzel finished with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

Kaetzel fielded a grounder in the top of the fifth and stepped on second before throwing to first for an inning-ending double play. It was the third double play that Boonsboro turned during the game.

"We left the bases loaded three times," South Hagerstown coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We left nine runs out there. We have to hit in crucial situations, but we didn't do it today. Boonsboro hit the ball and fielded the ball. They always swing the bats well."

Mitchell pitched one scoreless inning of relief to get the save and added two RBI, while Kellinger had two hits. Alex Malphrus was the winning pitcher.

Jeremy McAfee collected three hits and three RBI for the Rebels. Phillip Powell had a two-run single in the third, while Josh Bussard scored two runs for the Rebels.

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