Wildcats unleash offense in win over Leopards

May 21, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Aerik Taylor was the only Williamsport Wildcat who did not collect a hit Thursday against Smithsburg in a Class 1A West semifinal.

Taylor could be forgiven, though, since he was the winning pitcher in a 12-3 victory.

Williamsport (19-3) banged out 17 hits and will return to action today, hosting Boonsboro - a 9-2 winner Thursday over Beall - in the region final at 4 p.m.

Catcher David Warrenfeltz led the way with his first four-hit performance of the year, which included two doubles and four RBI.


Philip Jordan and Will Roney each had three hits, Nick Adenhart hit his fifth home run of the year - a two-run blast in the first inning - and Ben Jordan crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Taylor worked through five innings with his only problem coming in the second when he was touched for three runs. Smithsburg (10-10) got RBI singles by Josh Daniels and Drew Crawford and a bases-loaded walk - Taylor's only free pass of the game - to Gerry Spessard.

"This was one of Aerik's best games," Warrenfeltz said. "He was getting his pitches down low for strikes on both corners."

After Adenhart staked Taylor to a 2-0 lead with his homer off Daniels in the opening inning, Andy Taylor and Roney each singled and scored when Warrenfeltz doubled to center.

Philip Jordan doubled to lead off the fourth and Ben Jordan followed with a one-out homer over the center-field fence.

The Wildcats put the game out of reach with a five-run sixth inning behind Warrenfeltz' second double and an RBI single by Philip Jordan.

"I got mostly fastballs and I got them in good counts to hit," Warrenfeltz said.

It was Williamsport's third victory of the year over Smithsburg. The Wildcats will send Andy Taylor to the mound today.

"The bats were hot, but we still had a lot of outs in the first four innings in the air," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "We've been hitting the ball well lately and not leaving men on base."

Smithsburg had scoring opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings while trailing 6-3, but in each case the Leopards stranded two runners.

"Taylor made some key pitches to get out of the innings," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "My hat's off to them offensively. Even their outs were hard hit."

Crawford, Nathan Steelman and T.J. Bowser each had two hits for Smithsburg.

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