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Shifler & Shifler: Warriors are armed

April 21, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Boonsboro's baseball team is all alone in first place in the MVAL Antietam, holding a 1-game lead over North Hagerstown and Brunswick.

All one needs to do is look at one stat to see why.

In 31 combined innings, here's how many earned runs Warriors seniors Cam and Zac Shifler (no relation) have allowed: Four.

Cam, a right-hander, has allowed nine hits, 10 walks and four earned runs while striking out 29 in 19 innings, compiling a 1.47 ERA. His best work of the season came Tuesday in a 1-0 triumph over the Hubs, when he threw a nine-inning, two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and didn't allow a hit after the third inning.

"It was one of those games you hate to see anybody lose, but man, what a game," Warriors first-year coach Max Shaffer said. "That game will probably be talked about for a long time."

Zac, a crafty lefty, has been just as effective, if not more so. In 12 innings, he's allowed seven hits and no earned runs, walked seven and struck out 10.

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"Cam's more of a power pitcher and Zac's more of a junk-baller ... but they're both goal-oriented," Shaffer said. "They both have an idea of what they want to do. They're pitchers, they work the hitters and know what to throw. They don't try to overpower anybody, they let the defense work."

In 11 games this season, Boonsboro has given up 37 runs, an average of 3.4 runs per game.

And if Wednesday's 13-0 thrashing of Smithsburg is any indication, the offense is starting to come around, too. Kyle Kane blasted two home runs in the third inning - a three-run shot and a grand slam - as the Warriors pushed 12 runs across in the third inning.

Kane leads the team with a .429 average, followed by Cody Poffenberger (.389), Jeremiah Mills (.375) and leadoff-hitter Matt Byers (.366).

"The guys are starting to come along," Shaffer said. "Kane wasn't hitting ball well, then he hit two home runs. Byers has been the most consistent. ... I told the guys whoever hits the ball and puts it in play is going to play."

Boonsboro was in a similar position last season, holding at least a share of the Antietam lead past the halfway point of the season before fading. Whether this year will be different remains to be seen, but for now, the Warriors are enjoying the ride.

"The kids seem to be having fun, they're joking around with each other," Shaffer said. "They're having fun, and when they play relaxed, they're going to hit the ball. ... Anyone can beat anybody, and that's the way it's always going to be. I hope the games are close, and I hope they go in our favor."

Best of the week



Baseball

Kevin Brashears, St. Maria Goretti - Had four hits, including a home run, and six RBI in Saturday's 20-1 blowout of Berlin, and drove in three runs with a pair of hits in an 11-8 loss to Allegany.

Aerik Taylor, Williamsport - Threw a five-inning shutout with 11 strikeouts on Wednesday, defeating Clear Spring, 10-0.

Derelle Owens, Chambersburg - Went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs in last Thursday's 10-0 win over Red Land, then launched a walk-off, three-run homer to give the Trojans an 8-6 win over Cumberland Valley on Monday.

Rusty Cordell, Greencastle - Had three hits, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs in a 15-12 victory over Camp Hill as part of the Blue Devils' doubleheader sweep Wednesday.

Josh Edgin and Josh Davis, Mercersburg Academy - Edgin threw a five-inning no-hitter and helped his cause with a double and a three-run homer in a 10-0 victory over Good Counsel on Monday as part of a doubleheader sweep. Davis homered in both games.

Logan Clark and Justin Everhart, Hedgesville - Clark threw a five-inning no-hitter in Saturday's 16-0 blanking of Pendleton County. Everhart has carried the Eagles offensively, getting hits in nine of his last 13 at-bats and driving in nine runs.

Softball

Bridgette Ringley, Boonsboro - Had three hits and drove in three runs in Tuesday's 11-1 victory over North Hagerstown, then tossed a six-inning one-hitter in Wednesday's 11-1 win over Smithsburg.

Sarah Signore, Greencastle - Her last three starts have each been stellar: A two-hitter with nine strikeouts last Thursday in a 4-0 win over James Buchanan; a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in Monday's 2-1 loss at Boiling Springs; and the best for last, a perfect game with 12 strikeouts Wednesday at Camp Hill, the second perfect game of her prep career.

Laken Beers and Chante Shoemaker, James Buchanan - Wednesday's visit by Steel-High didn't last long - three-inning, 25-0 blowouts usually don't - but Beers and Shoemaker made big impressions. Beers tossed a three-inning no-hitter and went 4-for-4 with five RBI, Shoemaker went 4-for-4 with six RBI and both players tripled and homered.

Taryn Ashway, Waynesboro - Struck out 13 and homered in last Thursday's 5-2 win over Cumberland Valley, and tossed a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over C.D. East.

Lexi Rodgers, Martinsburg - Tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in Wednesday's 8-0 shutout at Mercersburg Academy.

Megan Holmes, Musselman - It's tough to top her single-game performance last Saturday in an 11-0 victory over Fort Hill. She tossed a no-hitter with six striekouts and homered twice. Then for good measure, she had three hits, including the game-winner in the eighth inning, to defeat Allegany 8-7 later in the day.

Better late than never ...



Martinsburg's Brandon King threw a no-hitter against St. Maria Goretti on April 10, and should have been in last week's "Best of the Week" segment. Apologies for the oversight.

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