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Warriors' Henson paints Leopards into a corner

April 17, 2004|by CAILIN MCGOUGH

BOONSBORO - Senior Craig Henson came out on top of Josh Daniels in a battle of left-handed pitchers Friday as Boonsboro edged Smithsburg 4-2 in a MVAL Antietam baseball game.

Henson (2-0) scattered five hits, struck out six and gave up one earned run to lead the Warriors (5-6, 1-4).

"I kept the ball down pretty good," Henson said. "I threw a lot of strikes and let my defense do the work. In the first inning, I didn't have much, but as the game went along my control got better and I was able to hit the corners better."

"Craig is doing exactly what we thought that he would do for us," Boonsboro coach Brian Smith said. "He is throwing strikes consistently. He got on top and he made the big pitches when he had to."

Daniels struck out 10 in six innings and only allowed two earned runs and two hits.

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Boonsboro (5-6, 1-4) snapped a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Byers with a triple to right and scored on an errant relay throw. Jay Love walked, stole a pair of bases and scored when Cody Poffenberger beat out a bunt single.

Smithsburg (4-3, 1-2) scored in the first when Gerry Spessard reached on a two-base throwing error and came home on Wayne Rumbaugh's single to left.

The Leopards got their other run in the fourth when T.J. Bowser doubled to center for one of his two hits and scored on Chad Rupert's single.

"I felt that we wasted excellent pitching by Josh Daniels," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "I still feel that we have a lot of potential. We have just got to step up by getting some key hits and making some key defensive plays."

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