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North weaves win over Warriors

April 21, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

Justin Weaver knows how to finish what he starts.

The North Hagerstown junior opened an eight-run fifth inning with a double and finished the scoring with a two-run home run to pace the Hubs to a 13-3 clubbing of Boonsboro, which threw the MVAL Antietam title hunt into a three-way tie between North, Boonsboro and Williamsport.

"If we lose this game, with two teams in front of us, I think we'd be pretty much out of (the race)," said North coach Shawn Reynolds.

Matt Ridenour got the Hubs (9-4, 7-2) started early with a three-run homer in the first to give starting pitcher Kent Worthington (3-0) a working margin.

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"He threw the ball well," said Reynolds. "They hit some good pitches, but getting the early lead gave him a little room for error."

Fred Kreiger's double made it 4-0 in the second before Boonsboro (9-3, 7-2) nicked the North starter for two runs in the third on Kyle Kane's two-out single. Kane made it 4-3 with his third single of the game in the fifth.

After Weaver's double and a walk to Ridenour in the fifth, Brent Toms doubled to plate two North runs and chase Warriors starter Branden Painter (3-2). Matt Byers took over and walked Colby Thompson and Worthington to load the bases. A single by Jimmy Connor scored Toms before Chris Grove cleared the bases with a triple. With two outs, Weaver homered to collect his second hit of the inning.

"I was just seeing the ball good tonight," said Weaver. "I wasn't going for a home run. I just wanted to put the ball in play."

Four walks in the sixth ended the game for the Hubs due to the 10-run rule, as pinch-hitter Josh Koontz was credited with the RBI. In all, Boonsboro pitchers issued 10 free passes, hit two batters and threw five wild pitches, while allowing eight hits, including six for extra bases.

"We struggled a little bit tonight," said Warriors coach Brian Smith. "We've been riding the same arms for the last couple of weeks, and we needed to use some arms that hadn't seen much work recently."

Grove, who relieved Worthington in the fifth, got credit for the save.

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