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Lapses help Warriors give Hubs some April amnesia

Lapses help Warriors give Hubs some April amnesia

April 29, 2006|By CURT HORNBECKER - Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown's baseball team completed a week to forget with a game to forget.

Nine walks, six errors and three hit batsmen sank the Hubs to their fourth loss of the week, a 12-5 decision to a seventh-ranked Boonsboro that sits atop the MVAL Antietam standings.

Of the four losses, three were to the top three teams in the Antietam Division.

It's been a frustrating week," said North coach Shawn Reynolds. "We lost two one-run games early in the week, then tonight, everything (Boonsboro) hit found a hole and everything we hit found a glove."

North (8-8, 5-6) simply gave the Warriors too many opportunities.

North starter Kent Worthington (3-2) - whose miniscule 0.92 ERA entering the game skyrocketed to 2.43 - walked Cody Poffenberger to lead off the fourth. Jeremiah Mills made him pay with a two-run homer down the left-field line. Kyle Kane followed with a single before Worthington fanned the next two hitters. But a Josh Anders triple scored Kane and Jared Ferguson doubled to give Boonsboro (10-4, 8-2) a 4-1 lead.

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An Adam Tosten sacrifice fly pulled North to within 4-2 before the bottom fell out for the Hubs.

Three walks and two errors in the fifth were instrumental in Boonsboro's second consecutive four-run outburst, with Poffenberger and Mills collecting the only two hits of the inning.

"I thought when we were down 4-2 we were still in the game," said Reynolds. "Then we gave them five outs in the next inning."

Meanwhile, Boonsboro starterZach Shifler (4-2) managed to keep North at bay, despite allowing at least one base hit - including a Weaver solo home run in the first - in each of the innings he pitched.

Trailing 8-3, North loaded the bases off a tiring Shifler in the sixth when Chris Palmer was hit by a pitch and Tommy Evans and Cody Knelling drew walks. Tosten grounded into a force play to score Palmer and chase Shifler, before Fred Kreiger reached on an error to score Evans.

The Warriors added four more runs in the seventh, as Kreiger and Justin Weaver combined to hit three Warriors batters and walked one other, while the defense committed two errors.

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