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Storm, errors have Bulldogs feeling blue

April 20, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg pitcher Ryan Colby appreciated all the help he received Tuesday.

Even Martinsburg got into the act.

After two walks and a Bulldogs error helped the Blue Storm claim an early lead, the sophomore hurler took control, finishing with six scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory.

Josh Edgin made sure Martinsburg (9-8) paid for its early mistakes with a two-run homer off starter Aaron Stokes to stake Colby to a 3-0 lead.

"Big innings are made when you have walks and errors," said Bulldogs coach John Lowery Jr. "We had two walks and an error in the first inning. That's a recipe for disaster."

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Numerous stellar defensive plays made life easier for Colby, who was only in trouble in the fifth when Martinsburg put runners on second and third with one out. But Colby (2-0) fanned the next two hitters to escape the jam.

"He's a competitor," said Mercersburg coach Karl Reisner. "When they play that well behind you, you don't have to be as fine with your pitches. You just need to throw strikes."

The Blue Storm (6-1) made it 4-0 in the third, with Edgin leading off with a double and scoring on successive fly balls by Matt Englehart and Zach Hart.

The long ball accounted for two more runs in the fourth, with Elliott Clark and Garrett Fix each taking Stokes deep for a 6-0 advantage.

Mercersburg made it 7-0 in the fifth when Englehart singled with one out, moved to second when Hart was hit by a pitch, moved to third on Colby's groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Drew Crofton opened the sixth for the Blue Storm with a single, moved to second when Fix was hit by a pitch and scored on Gunner Coil's ground-rule double.

"We didn't come with much emotion today," said Lowery. "We've had that problem several times this year. We get down early, and it kind of breaks our momentum."

The Bulldogs managed their only run in the seventh when Danny Orminsky reached on a one-out infield single, took second on a throwing error, moved to third on a grounder and scored on a fielding error.

Jake Wines' two singles paced the Bulldogs' seven-hit attack.

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