Rebels show 'Cats errors of their ways

April 14, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - The No. 7 Williamsport baseball team scored six runs on six hits in Friday's MVAL Antietam contest against No. 4 South Hagerstown on Friday.

But the Wildcats' six errors - combined with nine walks allowed - bedeviled Williamsport in a 9-6 loss the Rebels, who remained undefeated in league play.

"You've got to make the plays to win the game," Wildcats coach Larnie Vickers said. "If you don't make the plays, you're going to lose."

Williamsport (5-4, 2-3) committed an error in each of the first six innings, yet managed to build a 3-0 lead through two innings as South (6-1, 4-0) committed an error in each of the first three innings behind starter Brock Jamison.


A.J. Jamison's RBI double and pitcher Chad Bikle's sacrifice fly gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Tim McCartney made it 3-0 with his RBI single in the second.

Zeke Ricketts gave the Rebels exactly the spark they needed with a three-run homer through the wind to left center off Bikle to tie the game at 3 in the third.

"I wasn't watching the play, I was talking to someone," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "I turned around, and it took me a second to realize what happened. That was big. I didn't think anything would get out of here today."

Brock Jamison added a two-run single up the middle later in the inning as the Rebels - with the aid of four walks - took their first lead.

Williamsport tied the game in the bottom half. Bikle's RBI double drove in one run and A.J. Jamison scored on a throwing error.

South made it 6-5 in the fourth thanks to two more walks and a throwing error, bringing an end to Bikle's pitching effort.

"Walks always kill you in a baseball game," Vickers said. "(Chad) started losing steam. He still threw well, and if we make a few plays for him, maybe he gets into the fifth or sixth inning."

The Rebels added a run in the sixth off reliever Jason Hammond on Brandon Knight's RBI double, and scored two more in the seventh on Ricketts' two-run single to make it 9-5.

Meanwhile, Brock Jamison found his rhythm in the middle innings. He went 13 batters without allowing a hit from the third inning to the seventh, giving up just one walk while striking out three in that span.

"I just think he got loose and got his feel," Stottlemyer said. "The defense behind him made him feel comfortable. He had a couple quick innings where he didn't have to throw a lot of balls."

After getting one out in the seventh, Jamison gave up singles to McCartney and Andrew Duff and Nick Bodnar reached on an error to load the bases, bringing Jamison's pitch count to 106 and prompting Stottlemyer to go to closer Spencer Cromer.

"(Brock) wanted to go out and finish the game, and I didn't want to do it, but I gave him the chance," Stottlemyer said. "As soon as he got into trouble, I went to Cromer."

Cromer gave up an RBI single to A.J. Jamison before getting a popup and a strikeout to end the game.

"We had an opportunity in the seventh," Vickers said. "One more hit and we put ourselves in position. We just didn't get the hit we needed."

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