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'Cats hit clutch

Warrenfletz's two-run singles lifts Williamsport

Warrenfletz's two-run singles lifts Williamsport

April 29, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - In a game featuring two of the county's best pitchers and two of the four teams vying for the Monocacy Vallery Athletic League title, a .190 hitter came through when it mattered most.

David Warrenfeltz broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning, lifting Nick Adenhart and No. 7 Williamsport past David Miner and No. 10 South Hagerstown 3-2 on Monday.

Warrenfeltz, looking for a curve ball, got one on Miner's 92nd pitch and pulled a hard grounder through the hole at short to score Ben Jordan and Adenhart.

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"I was waiting on it, and luckily it found a hole," said Warrenfeltz, who finished 2-for-3 to raise his average to .250. "It's a big win for us going into the playoffs, to respond after the loss to Boonsboro."

"David, he's mentally strong as a player, and he's always been clutch growing up," said Adenhart, who has played with Warrenfeltz since their days at Halfway Little League. "He's always been good in that situation."

Williamsport (12-3, 10-3) opened up a two-game lead on South (9-6, 9-6) in the conference.

"It's a playoff atmosphere," Wildcats coach Rod Steiner said. "Both of us are still battling for a top-four seed (in Class 1A West), plus the MVAL title is still at stake. You like to beat South because they're one of the teams battling for the title, and this all but knocks them out of it."

Adenhart (6-0) remained perfect on the season even though his control was off. He walked three batters in the first four innings and went to three-ball counts on many others, but battled through it to strike out 12 in six innings.

"I was tired today," Adenhart said. "I was just trying to throw strikes and get outs, and I wound up sneaking by some innings."

Adenhart gave himself a 1-0 lead in the fourth on his leadoff home run to right off Miner (2-4).

South left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but tied the game in the sixth when, with two outs, Ben Mertz hit a slow roller up the middle that shortstop Josh Bowers fielded cleanly but threw away when he rushed the throw. Jeremy McAfee then took a 1-1 outside fastball from Adenhart the other way for an RBI single.

"It was a fastball away, and he went with it," Adenhart said. "That's what I consider an aluminum bat hit."

"With a pitcher like that, you just have to get the bat on the ball and hope it drops," Rebels coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "McAfee did his job."

Williamsport responded in the bottom of the inning, with Jordan and Adenhart both hitting singles to set up Warrenfeltz.

"The boy hit a shot between third and short," Stottelmyer said. "It was a well-hit ball, and it won the game."

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