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Berkeley Springs wins battle between Indians

April 11, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - After winning just once in the first seven games, who could have blamed Berkeley Springs baseball coach Trey Barcus if he was skeptical about the success his club might experience?

Doubt no more.

The Indians scored early and often Monday, and Brad Rich twirled a two-hitter to trounce Southern Fulton 12-1 in a game stopped after five innings by the 10-run rule.

"We've been playing well lately," said Barcus. "We started out 1-6, we couldn't hit and we couldn't field. Our pitching has been there all year. Now we're starting to hit and our defense is improving."

While the offense was slapping the ball all over the field, Rich's only mistake was hammered for a solo home run by Quinton Hull in the third.

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"My curveball wasn't working very good at all," said the Berkeley Springs southpaw (3-1). "I guess I didn't work on it enough before the game."

But with Berkeley Springs scoring five runs in the first and two more in the second off Scott Myers (0-1) - making his first start of the season for Southern Fulton (3-4) - Rich could certainly have afforded more mistakes.

Nate Sirbaugh tripled to plate two runs in the first before he scored on J.T. Thomas' perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt. A Southern Fulton error on a rundown accounted for another run in the second.

Berkeley Springs closed the deal in a fourth inning highlighted by Nick Campanelli's two-run double.

"As a team, I don't think we were mentally prepared to play," Southern Fulton coach Matt Quigg said. "Even coming off the bus, we seemed flat."

Jeff Keefer finished with three hits, including a double, and three RBI to pace Berkeley Springs.

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