Wildcats pound Lions, hold off Eagles in mixer

March 27, 2005|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Wildcats opened up their 2005 baseball season with a pair of victories.

Williamsport beat the Broadfording Christian Academy Lions 11-1 before squeezing out a 9-8 win over the Francis Scott Key Eagles on Saturday in the first Larry Wadel Classic - named after the former longtime Williamsport baseball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1975 state title and was inducted into the Maryland Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999.

Williamsport (2-0) built an 8-0 lead on FSK (1-2) after three innings. But the Eagles refused to quit, tying the Wildcats at 8-8 in the sixth inning.

However, Williamsport responded by scoring the deciding run during the bottom of the seventh inning. Aerik Taylor started the rally by drawing a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Corey Itnyre. After Corey Broadwater received an intentional walk, Jason Sutherland hit a game-winning RBI single to right.


"It was a very pleasant surprise, especially when somebody good like Key comes back and ties the score up," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "Key has some nice hitters on their ballclub. We gave them four outs in the fifth and sixth innings. We cannot do that. We just have to shake off mistakes and put them behind us."

Broadwater came on in relief for the Wildcats to pitch the final three innings and gave up only one earned run and two hits to get the win. Broadwater also produced with hit bat, hitting an RBI double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third.

Taylor scored two runs and had a two-run single during the Wildcats' five-run first inning.

The Wildcats took advantage of four errors by the Eagles during the second to get two runs.

Jimmy Gilford had a three-run double for FSK during its five-run fourth inning.

In the first game, Williamsport belted 18 hits against Broadfording (0-2).

Williamsport starting pitcher Phillip Jordan gave up only one run and struck out seven in four innings to get the win.

Derek Hadley, Tyler Beard, David Warrenfeltz and Corey Itnyre each had three hits for Williamsport. Broadwater also slugged a solo home run during the first game. Beard added two RBI and two runs scored.

During the second game of the tripleheader mixer, FSK beat Broadfording, 12-2. The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule.

Dan Bridges slugged a three-run homer during a four-run first inning and a two-run homer during an eight-run third for FSK.

Mikkel Wallech hit a solo homer for Broadfording.

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