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Warriors send Knights home after 5 innings

March 30, 2004|by JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Warriors' baseball team continued its early-season winning ways for first-year coach Brian Smith.

The latest success for the Warriors (3-1) came on Monday afternoon when they clubbed the Middletown Knights 15-3 in a baseball game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

"It's a good win for us," Smith said. "We showed patience at the plate and looked for our pitch to hit. Hitting is contagious. Once one person does it, then everybody else does it. Mondays and days off school always concern me. Sometimes, it can take you out of your routine. But we came to the ballpark early and took batting practice. We were in the right frame of mind."

Boonsboro (3-1) sealed its win by scoring five runs during the bottom of the fifth inning. Joshua Lewis led off with a solo home run to left. After that, Cody Poffenberger singled to right and Brandon Painter doubled to center. After Sean Rose reached on an infield single to load the bases, Cameron Shifler sent everybody home with a grand slam to left.

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Boonsboro pitcher Jay Love got the complete-game victory to lift his record to 2-0. Love struck out seven batters in five innings, allowing no walks and two earned runs.

"It is another good outing for Jay Love," Smith said. "He does what we need him to do: Get on top and throw strikes. Cameron Shifler put the bat on the ball and hit it hard. It is a good experience for him to be put in that situation and come through. But that was only one of 15 hits that we had. Everybody contributed with the bats today."

Love, Poffenberger and Painter had three hits apiece for Boonsboro. Lewis added two hits for the Warriors. Shifler finished with five RBI, while Love and Lewis got three RBI each.

Boonsboro led the whole game, starting out with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Matt Fortese doubled to left and scored on Love's single to left. Love moved to third on a throwing error and came home on Poffenberger's double to left.

The Warriors added two runs in the second to boost their lead to 4-0. With two outs, Fortese walked and went to third on a single to center by Love. After Love stole second, Lewis singled to left to knock in both runners.

Boonsboro got a run in the third when Fortese drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Warriors scored five runs in the fourth on an outfield error, and RBI groundout by Shifler, Justin Baylor's RBI single to center and a two-run double to right by Love.

Middletown (1-3) got a run in the third on Ty Main's RBI single, another run in the fourth on Jason Doherty's RBI single and its final run in the fifth on Clayton Boyer's sacrifice fly.

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