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Warriors take advantage of Hubs' gifts

April 14, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Boonsboro did its share of hitting on a windy Friday afternoon, but it was a case of receiving extra outs from North Hagerstown that opened the doors for the Warriors.

The Warriors took advantage of two Hubs errors in the second inning to score four times on the way to a 9-5 MVAL Antietam victory.

Kyle Kane and Jake Pendergraft started the inning with soft singles to left. Tim Cole then bounced to third baseman Colby Fisher, who turned what could have at least been a force at third into an error and a bases-loaded, no-out situation.

After North's Kyle Hoffman struck out Brad Rohrer, Dwayne Washko's bouncer was misplayed again by Fisher, allowing Kane to score the first run.

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"We gave them five outs in the inning," said Hubs coach Shawn Reynolds. "That made (Kyle) have to throw an extra 15, 20 pitches to get out of an inning that wouldn't have been that bad."

Aaron Dixon cleaned the bases with a solid rip to the fence in left-center field for a double and a 4-0 lead, the only solid hit off of Hoffman, who was pulled in the fifth inning.

North (5-3, 3-2) got back into the picture with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth off Pendergraft, who was making his first varsity pitching appearance.

A single by Cadyn Robinson and a double by Brendan Palmer gave the Hubs their first two runners in scoring position. Tommy Evans knocked out Pendergraft with a two-run single.

Pendergraft, who did not allow a hit until the fourth and struck out five, gave way to Dixon, who retired Mike Twigg on a fly ball.

"I got too fast with my rhythm at times, but I didn't get tired," said Pendergraft. "I got ahead in the count when I slowed down. I thought I kept them off balance with my curve."

Boonsboro (4-2, 2-2) struck for a four-spot in the top of the sixth against Steve Younker and Robinson.

Adam Chambers produced two runs with a double and Kane unloaded off Robinson with his first home run of the year, a shot that sailed over the fence in left.

Palmer had an RBI single in the seventh for the Hubs, and two more runs scored on Jared Ferguson's double error.

Kane led the offensive attack with three hits, while Dixon, Chambers, Ferguson and Pendergraft each had two for the Warriors.

Pendergraft got his first start due to some injuries to the Boonsboro infield. Kane moved to third from his normal catching position and Rohrer, usually an outfielder, moved in to catch.

"I was ready to pitch," said Pendergraft. "I hope to pitch some more."

"We talked about (Jake) pitching but only when we didn't have to weaken the infield," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer.

Palmer and Evans had two hits each for the Hubs, who lost their second straight game.

"(Hoffman) kept us in the game," said Reynolds. "He only had one bad pitch (Dixon's double). It's a different situation without the extra outs. We were a little flat with the bats at the start, but their starter (Pendergraft) kept us off balance."

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