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Middletown stuns Wildcats

April 17, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Perhaps no one had an easier time of it than Middletown starting pitcher Wes Bidle on Wednesday.

Still, with enough cushioning to break the fall of most circus acts, the Knights sophomore didn't clown around. At least No. 5 Williamsport wasn't laughing.

Staked to a 10-run lead before he ever even stepped foot on the mound, Bidle held the Wildcats to one hit over four shutout innings as Middletown won the Monocacy Valley Athletic League matchup 10-0 in five innings.

The Knights improved to 2-6, while Williamsport, which began the game in first place in the MVAL, fell to 7-2.

"We usually don't have that run support. That made it easier to relax and gave me a lot more room to work," said Bidle (1-0), who picked up his first career win. "I just had to throw strikes, and the defense was behind me the whole way."

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And the offense put him ahead early. Middletown sent 16 batters to plate in the top of the first inning, and scored 10 runs on six hits, four walks, two hit batters and an error.

Bryan DeMoss delivered the big blow for the Knights, changing the score from 2-0 to 6-0 with one swing. DeMoss, an all-state lineman in football last fall, showed off his muscle with a 360-foot, fence-clearing grand slam to left-center off 'Cats starter Ben Jordan (3-1).

"The last time I hit a home run I was in seventh grade," said DeMoss, who didn't play baseball the previous two springs to concentrate on weight lifting. "Coach told me just to put it in play and bring some runs in. That's all I did. It felt like I took only half of a swing and somehow it went over the fence."

Randy Lawson contributed two RBI doubles in the inning, Bobby Riggs doubled and scored, Pete Colwell had two RBI and two runs and Chris Linehan also scored twice. The Knights chased both Jordan and Will Roney from the mound, before Andy Taylor finally retired the side with a pair of strikeouts.

"There's no question we can play with these teams," said Middletown coach Mike DeSimone. "It's just a matter of getting over that hump and doing the things we need to do to score runs and not give up any extra outs."

The Knights were error-free in the field, while reliever Clayton Boyer retired the 'Cats in order with two strikeouts in the bottom of the fifth.

Lawson went 3-for-3 with a walk to pace Middletown, while Jordan hit a one-out double in the first for Williamsport's lone hit.

"This shows you that anything can happen in this league," said Williamsport coach Rod Steiner. "If that was a bottom-place team, anybody can knock you out. ... That's just the way baseball is."

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