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Warriors back in region title game

May 21, 2004|by JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro baseball team has developed a habit that it hopes will prove hard to break.

The Warriors have scored five runs in the first inning of each of their three playoff games.

The latest of those games was Thursday, a 9-2 win over Beall in a Maryland Class 1A West Region semifinal.

Boonsboro plays at Williamsport at 4 p.m. today for the region championship. This is the second time in three years that Boonsboro has advanced to the region final.

"Five must be our lucky number," Boonsboro coach Brian Smith said. "That is what we have been missing all year ... the big hit at the right time. We are saving them all up for the postseason. It is a credit to the kids for working hard all year long."

Beall (10-7) scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but the lead was short-lived as Boonsboro (10-13) responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame.

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Alex Malphrus started the rally with a walk, and Jeremiah Mills followed with a single to center. Corey Robinson singled to left to score Malphrus. Jay Love then singled to load the bases.

Cody Poffenberger then singled to drive in Mills and Robinson. A throwing error on the play allowed Love to score and Poffenberger to go to third. Craig Henson hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Poffenberger.

"I think that they had eyes on some of their batted balls," Beall coach Terry DeHaven said.

"When Boonsboro got five runs in the first inning, that took the wind out of our sails. It set the tone for the game."

Starter Brandon Painter gave up two unearned runs in three innings before Love came on in relief for Boonsboro. Love (5-4) pitched four scoreless innings to get the win.

Malphrus finished with three runs, two hits and an RBI. Mills and Love each added two hits.

Boonsboro got a run in the fourth when Malphrus scored on a fielding error.

The Warriors scored their final three runs in the fifth when Malphrus and Love delivered RBI singles and Malphrus scored on a throwing error.

"Everything is going good for us at the right time," Smith said. "We are getting good pitching and defense with a little bit of hitting."

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