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Shifler shuts down Sentinels

May 17, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Cam Shifler threw a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts to lead Boonsboro to a 7-2 win over Fort Hill in a Maryland Class 1A West baseball quarterfinal Tuesday.

"It was a good victory," Shifler said. "We hit the ball and that gave me a lot of support. Whenever you jump out to a lead early, it always helps out the pitcher. The pitching is only as good as your hitting, because you can't win a game without a lead."

Boonsboro (14-5) will play host to Southern Garrett in the region semifinal today at 4:30 p.m. The Rams beat Allegany 12-0 on Tuesday.

Shifler (6-0), who will play at Shepherd University next season, did not allow a hit in the final four innings.

"I felt I did good with my pitching," Shifler said. "Overall, I thought I had pretty good control. I don't really try to strike people out; I just try to hit my spots. Whatever happens, happens."

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"Cam Shifler did a good job tonight," Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said. "He always does. I have confidence in him."

Boonsboro never trailed in the game, scoring two runs in the first to give Shifler a working margin. With one out, Matt Fortese doubled and scored on a Cody Poffenberger double. Poffenberger came home on a single by Jeremiah Mills.

The Warriors added a run in the second when Jared Ferguson tripled to the right-field corner and came home on Tim Cole's single to center.

After the Sentinels cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third, the Warriors answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half. Poffenberger led off with a single and Mills reached on an infield error. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Poffenberger came home on a groundout by Kyle Kane and Mills scored on a sacrifice fly by Shifler.

The Warriors got their final two runs in the fourth. Ferguson led off with a single to right and stole second. Ferguson came home on a single by Cole, who took second on the throw to home plate. Matt Byers then doubled to drive in Cole.

"We did all right," Shaffer said. "We had a week off. I don't think we were as sharp as we could have been. We wanted to jump on them early, hoping that would get them down a little bit and then we could keep going."

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