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Wildcats go 2-0 at Hancock mixer

April 11, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - Northern Garrett baseball coach Phil Carr wanted a close-up look at Williamsport pitcher Nick Adenhart and hoped his team would see him in the H. Lynn Kerns Holiday Mixer at Hancock on Saturday.

But what Carr got instead was a long look at Aerik Taylor and the ability of his Williamsport teammates to manufacture runs as needed.

Taylor pitched six innings, striking out seven and walking two as the Wildcats shut down the Huskies 8-2 in the second game of the mixer. Williamsport took full advantage of 10 hits and six Huskies errors en route to building an 8-0 lead going into the seventh inning.

The Wildcats (5-1) blasted five home runs, including a grand slam by Josh Bowers, to trounce Hancock 20-0 in the first game. Northern Garrett came back to beat Hancock 6-3 in the final game.

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"I'm pleased with how we played today," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "I have always liked coming up here to play because we get a look at some teams we don't normally see."

"I thought we played pretty well considering it's Williamsport," Carr said. "They are favored to win the region. But our errors in the fifth inning didn't help our cause."

It was in that fateful fifth inning that the normally solid Huskies fell apart, committing four errors. The Wildcats capitalized with four runs, then came back for three more in the sixth.

"I was glad we kept playing and got those two runs in the last inning," Carr said. "Derrick Lowdermilk pitched a good game for us."

"Aerik did a good job mixing his pitches," Steiner said of the junior, who threw just 83 pitches before being replaced by Ben Jordan in the seventh. "We call him 'Baby Nick.' He will be there for us next year."

In the first game, the Wildcats used the long ball to dispatch a young Hancock team. Cory Itnyre and Bowers had two homers apiece, while Adenhart added one. Williamsport plated 10 runs in the fourth inning.

But the Panthers battled back in the final game of the day to take a 3-1 lead on Northern Garrett in the top of the third inning. Down 1-0, Alex Younker reached on an error for the Panthers, Derrick Clingerman and Andy Morris followed with back-to-back singles and Josh Ruppenthal drove one deep to center to score a pair of runs.

But Northern Garrett came right back, plating five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Junior Jeff Willison went the distance for the Panthers, striking out five and scattering seven hits. Clingerman was 2-for-3 for Hancock (0-8).

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