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Williamsport ruins Warriors' best laid plan

April 30, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro baseball coach Brian Smith wanted a pitcher's duel on Friday. Williamsport's hitters blew that plan to smithereens.

The Wildcats pounded out 16 hits - five by Phil Jordan and four by Tyler Beard - and gave starter Aerik Taylor plenty of support in a 14-3 rout of the Warriors in the MVAL Antietam.

"We didn't throw a pitch all day where we had to," Smith said. "We had a plan on how to pitch them, and we didn't hit our spots. They swung the bats well and we ran into a buzzsaw. I was hoping for a pitcher's duel and didn't get it."

"They've been playing like that for the last three weeks since Boonsboro beat us," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said, referring to a 16-9 loss which kept the Warriors atop the MVAL Antietam at the time.

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Since then, the Wildcats (14-2, 10-2) have won five straight to climb back into a first-place tie atop the conference with North Hagerstown.

"After Boonsboro beat us, we knew we had to win out to get the No. 1 seed (in Class 1A West)," Steiner said.

"We're playing more for that than the MVAL title. We're playing for a state championship, and we'll probably wind up facing these guys again."

Williamsport went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first on three smashes right at Boonsboro fielders - including a leaping grab by shortstop Cody Robinson to end the inning - but the line drives started finding holes in the second and kept coming in droves.

Jordan finished 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, while Beard went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. David Warrenfeltz had two hits and drove in three, and Taylor added two hits, including a two-run double.

"Most of them went to the opposite field, because that's where Boonsboro pitches you," Steiner said. "That's a good approach on our part. ... If our team last year had this approach, we probably would have won the state title, but we were so power oriented that we hit a lot of pop-ups and flyouts."

Taylor pitched six innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned), walking one and striking out seven. He used his fastball to get ahead on most hitters.

"Smitty will have some of his guys take the first pitch, and that's what I told (Taylor), to keep throwing (fastballs) until they swing at the first pitch," Steiner said.

Matt Byers and Jere Mills each had two hits and Mills drove in two for Boonsboro (10-5, 8-4), which suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season to all but fall out of the MVAL Antietam race.

"We have five games left to prepare for our second season," Smith said. "All five games we can win, so we'll see how we play."

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