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Rebels benefit from errors of Warriors' ways

April 01, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

South Hagerstown and Boonsboro played "Blue Light Special" baseball on Wednesday.

Both offenses got bargain rates - get three outs, take a few extra for free.

South Hagerstown won the game of give and take, giving one error to allow four runs in the first inning before taking six runs in the third with the help of three Boonsboro errors. Bryson Appel capped the rally with a go-ahead two-run home run in the Rebels' 8-6 MVAL Antietam victory over Boonsboro in a game stopped after 4 1/2 innings by darkness.

"Any time you give extra outs like that, it's going to get you," Boonsboro coach Brian Smith said. "It killed us. We gave the extra outs, which means it makes pitchers throw extra pitches that he shouldn't have needed. It's going to catch you eventually."

It caught the Warriors (3-2, 0-1) in the third inning on a raw day where the moist weather only made mistakes more painful.

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The Rebels (2-3, 1-0) trailed 5-1 when David Miner reached on an infield popup which dropped on the grass in front of first baseman Sean Rose for a single. Miner moved to second when Boonsboro second baseman Matt Fortese booted Phil Powell's grounder.

One out later, third baseman Jay Love bounced the throw to first off Patrick Hutzler's grounder. Rose recovered and overthrew home as Miner scored all the way from second on the play, allowing the runners to advance.

The three errors opened the door for a two-out single by Doug Wagner, an RBI single by Jeremy McAfee and Appel's blast to left-center field to give the Rebels a 7-5 lead.

"The errors left us in the door," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We started to swing the bat and put the ball in play. In high school, that's what it takes to beat a team."

McAfee started for South and struggled through 3 1/3 innings, throwing 109 pitches. He settled some after the first, when a careless error led him to make 38 pitches - only 19 for strikes - and extended the inning for four unearned runs.

Alex Malphrus reached when Powell dropped the throw from McAfee on a comeback grounder to the mound. He was erased on a force out, but the play prolonged the inning.

Boonsboro's starting pitcher Brandon Painter hit a two-out, two-run double to left followed by Rose's RBI double to right-center to highlight the outburst.

"The errors made it give and take," Smith said. "We took some when they gave it to us and then we gave more back to them. We hadn't had an inning like that yet this year."

McAfee allowed Malphrus an RBI double - Boonsboro's fifth of the game - in the fourth to cut the lead to a run before leaving with the bases loaded. Wagner came on in relief to pitch out of the jam, retiring five of the six Boonsboro batters he faced to end the game.

Appel and Wagner each had two hits and two RBI for the Rebels.

"I was hoping they would pull it together," Stottlemyer said. "We have the potential to score and we have the nucleus back from last year's team. I don't every see any worry in these kids' eyes. They are all about playing and they just come back and play every day."

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