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Rebels win in error-filled MVAL game

April 20, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO - The South Hagerstown-Boonsboro baseball game came down to a matter of which made the fewest mistakes.

It just wasn't clear that one of them would make less than the other.

South walked 10 batters and committed four balks to default into a victory over error-prone Boonsboro 8-5 Monday in a MVAL Antietam game.

"We made some bad plays early in the game, but the guys held themselves together well," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "But (Boonsboro) also maded some bad plays and we were able to take advantage of them."

The five errors helped by the Warriors (5-7, 1-5) led to six runs for South (6-4, 5-1).

"We are not good enough of a team yet to make those kinds of mistakes," said Boonsboro coach Brian Smith. "We can't give up extra outs and expect to win games."

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Boonsboro prolonged the first inning when right fielder Matt Byers dropped a towering fly ball that would had been the third out, scoring Bryson Appel and David Miner.

Three other errors sparked no-out rallies that led to four South runs.

"It was good to see us be able to score when some things aren't going our way," said Stottlemyer. "You have to find different ways to score runs."

Rebels pitcher Jeremy McAfee had shaky start, walking eight batters and balking four times in just over two innings.

The balks, questioned by both coaches, led to two runs to pull the Warriors to within 3-2.

After the Rebels added another run in top of the fourth, Boonsboro picked up three in the bottom half off of South relievers Doug Wagner and Miner. Jay Love's two-run single gave the Warriors their only lead of the game, 5-4.

The Rebels answered with a Phil Powell solo home run and an infield RBI single by Charlie Johnson to regain the lead, 6-5. South added two more in the sixth.

Miner pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to pick up the win. After allowing two inherited runners to score, he settled down and retired nine of the last 11 batters he faced, including six strikeouts.

"David pitched really well once he got warmed up and settled in," said Stottlemyer. "He took charge and went right at the batters."

Miner also had two hits, McAfee had two and Daniel Lynn added three for South.

Justin Baylor had two hits for the Warriors.

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