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Warriors win, remain on top of MVAL Antietam

April 19, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Boonsboro Warriors avoided an upset bid by South Hagerstown Monday, pulling out an 8-7 win over the Rebels to remain in first place in the MVAL Antietam Conference.

"It was a good win," Boonsboro coach Brian Smith said. "We were able to battle back and put ourselves in a position to win. I was a little concerned, be-cause we got a couple of runs and we coasted."

The score was tied at 7-7 as Boonsboro (9-2, 7-1) came to bat in the top of the seventh. With one out, Cody Poffenberger got an infield single. Josh Lewis reached on a force out at second. Brandon Painter followed with a single and both runners advanced an extra base on an error.

Winning pitcher Cam Shifler hit an infield grounder that was booted, allowing Lewis to score from third with the winning run.

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South Hagerstown (2-6, 2-6) threatened in the bottom of the seventh. J.J. Myers led off with a single and advanced to third on a Doug Palmer single. But Shifler got out of the jam by retiring the next three batters to seal the win.

Shifler (4-0) gave up only one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win.

"Cam Shifler came in and did a nice job of throwing strikes to hold them," Smith said. "The defense was able to make the plays behind him."

Poffenberger had three hits and four RBI for the Warriors.

Palmer had three hits, while Myers, Jordan Beard, Dustin Stottlemyer and Joshua Dowler each had two for South.

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