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Warriors discover offense, smoke South

April 13, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Offense has not been one of the strengths of the Boonsboro baseball team this season.

Until Wednesday, that is.

The Warriors unleashed a 12-hit attack and took full advantage of five South Hagerstown errors for a 15-5 thrashing of the Rebels in a six-inning MVAL Antietam game ended by the 10-run rule.

"It's about time," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer of the offensive surge. "Every game we've played has been decided by one run one way or another. Tonight was the first night we hit the ball well."

The Warriors got started early, with both Jeremiah Mills and Chris Selby pounding three-run homers in an eight-run first inning off Rebels sophomore Tim Leather (0-1), making his first start of the year.

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Spencer Cromer took over in the second for South (1-5, 1-4) and held the Warriors (5-2, 4-1) to one run over the next three innings, while the Rebels' bats started catching up with Boonsboro starter Zac Shifler (3-1).

Zach Bucher and Josh Dowler each drove in a run in a four-run fourth that pulled South within four at 9-5.

Selby took over on the mound in the fifth and held South scoreless the rest of the way.

"When it was 9-5, I thought we could hold on and be all right," said Rebels coach Ralph Stottlemyer. "But our pitchers weren't consistent, and we have to cut down on our errors."

Kyle Kane's single off South reliever Brandon Knight was the key blow in the Warriors' four-run fifth that included three walks and a hit batsman.

Two Rebels errors contributed to a pair of Boonsboro runs in the sixth that clinched the win. Curtis Wolfe clubbed a one-out double to left, moved to third on a wild pitch by reliever Kenny Feigley and scored when Mills reached on a error. Mills ultimately scored on yet another Rebels gaffe for the 10-run win.

In addition to the five errors, South pitchers combined to walk five and hit five Boonsboro batters.

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