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Antietam's destiny is in hands of Warriors

April 14, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - The Boonsboro baseball team took a major step toward a possible MVAL Antietam Conference title Wednesday, while Williamsport kept stepping on its own feet.

The Wildcats committed eight errors and walked 13 Warriors - dubious stats which were too much to overcome as Boonsboro beat Williamsport 16-9 in a battle of two of the MVAL Antietam's three teams tied atop the standings entering Wednesday.

"We had three bad games in one game," disappointed Wildcats coach Rod Steiner said. "It wasn't just errors, but a lot of mental miscues."

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Boonsboro (7-2, 5-1) - coming off its own disappointing loss at Brunswick on Monday - got back on track to keep pace with North Hagerstown in the Antietam standings.

"It was good to bounce back," Warriors coach Brian Smith said. "We couldn't have played much worse Monday night. Tonight, we were able to take advantage of some things."

In a 2-2 tie after two innings, Boonsboro took advantage of two walks and two Williamsport errors in the third for two runs, and scored three more runs in the fourth with the help of two more errors by the Wildcats to take a 7-2 lead. Jere Mills hit a two-run single in the fourth.

Williamsport (8-2, 4-2) put its mistakes behind it and rallied to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on two walks to lead off the inning and two Boonsboro errors later in the frame. Tyler Beard hit a two-run single and Aerik Taylor singled in a run for the Wildcats.

"I like the part where we were down 7-2 and bounced back," Steiner said, "but we never did stop them."

Boonsboro came right back with five more runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to end any chance of a Wildcats victory. Cody Poffenberger hit a two-run single and Corey Robinson had an RBI single in the fifth, and Poffenberger drove in two more with a single in the sixth. Poffenberger finished 3-for-5.

"The people stepped up who needed to step up and we got hits with people on base," Smith said.

The Warriors have a win over both Williamsport and North Hagerstown this season, which is sure to be a confidence boost down the stretch.

"We just have to continue to play. If we play well, we'll be where we want to be," Smith said.

"It forces us to go down (to Boonsboro) and win to even the score," Steiner said. "With North, I still think it's a three-team race ... but we can get knocked off by anyone in this league."

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