Wildcats stay hot, roll over 'Roaders

May 04, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - Maybe that 13-0 blowout loss the Williamsport baseball team suffered to Boonsboro on April 24 was the best thing that could have happened to the Wildcats.

Ever since that embarrassing showing against the MVAL Antietam-leading Warriors, Williamsport has been a different - and much better - team.

The Wildcats earned their second five-inning, 10-run-rule victory in three days, following up Monday's 13-2 thrashing of a struggling Smithsburg squad with an impressive 11-1 whipping of league power Brunswick on Wednesday.

Williamsport (11-6, 8-4) has won four straight, including victories over North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown.

"We've been preaching peaking at the end of the season," Wildcats coach Larnie Vickers said. "After the loss to Boonsboro, we turned it around against North and ever since, the energy level has been there and it shows."


Williamsport starter Ryan Heavner stayed within himself, avoiding the temptation to try to overpower Brunswick's hitters and instead focusing changing speeds, hitting his spots and letting his defense work. The result was an efficient outing in which Heavner threw just 67 pitches, allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five.

"Ryan made his pitches, and that's all you can ask for at this level," Vickers said.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats' bats had a field day against three Railroaders pitchers, racking up 16 hits - 13 in the final three innings, in which Williamsport scored all but one of its runs.

Chad Bikle went 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBI to lead the way. Tyler Beard had two hits and two RBI, A.J. Jamison had two hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth, and Phil Jordan and Heavner also had two hits each.

"Everybody just did their part - that's what you call team baseball right there," Vickers said. "Once they get going, it's something to watch. Once they get their heads in the game and get the energy level up, they can really roll."

"This has been a funny team for us," said Brunswick coach Roger Dawson after his team fell to 11-7, 8-5. "Our pitching's kind of done the job for us, but a couple of games it's gone south, and when it goes south, we crumble. Today was one of those days."

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