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Boonsboro's batting order batters 'Cats by batting around

Boonsboro's batting order batters 'Cats by batting around

April 24, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - It's not often a baseball team gets to enjoy what Boonsboro did on Monday afternoon.

It started out with the Warriors batting around in the order in the sixth inning. The enjoyable part is they did it with none out.

By the time Williamsport retired the side, Boonsboro had scored eight runs to finish off a 14-9 MVAL Antietam Conference victory, putting the Warriors (7-3, 5-3) in sole possession of second place.

"We're down 9-6 and we've hit the ball hard but right at people and then suddenly we get some hits to drop and some help from (Williamsport) pitching," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer.

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Chad Bikle labored into the sixth inning with the lead and left three batters later with the sacks loaded after a walk to Aaron Dixon and singles to Adam Chambers and Jake Pendergraft.

Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers brought in Brian Braswell, who got Kyle Kane to hit a bouncer to third baseman Patrick Hammond. However, Dixon was on the move on contact and beat the throw home.

Braswell walked Tim Cole to Brad Rohrer that scored Chambers and Pendergraft to knot the score 9-9.

Vickers went to Justin Thomas to replace Braswell. He was greeted by a Chris Selby single, which was nearly caught in left field by Tim McCartney, to drive in Kane to give Boonsboro a 10-9 lead.

Craig Haupt walked to score Cole, Levi Beard was hit by a pitch to bring in Rohrer for a 12-9 lead and Vickers was on his way to the mound again.

He took A.J. Jamison out of his catcher's gear and put him on the mound. He gave up a two-run single to Dixon to score Haupt and Beard before he finally retired the next three Warriors.

"We always have slugfests when Boonsboro and Williamsport play ball," said Shaffer.

Slugfest or not, Vickers thought a change of pitchers would give a different look to the Warriors, but it didn't work out.

"Three times you make a change and figure you can handle it," said Vickers. "I can live with giving up hits, but we gave them too many walks."

Haupt was the beneficiary, earning the win in relief of Dixon, allowing two hits over the final two innings after the Wildcats pummeled Dixon for nine runs and nine hits.

Williamsport caused some early damage on a two-run homer by Nick Bodnar in the third inning. Williamsport (7-5, 4-4) followed with back-to-back three-run innings in the fifth and sixth. Travis Sluger had a run-scoring triple and Andy Dagenhart had run-scoring singles in each inning.

"(Dixon) lost his pop from early on," said Shaffer. "And I like getting (Haupt) in because he's another lefthander that is going to help us."

Two of Boonsboro's early hits not hit at people were home runs - a two-run shot by Levi Beard in the third, his first of the year, and Kane's second shot of the year, a solo blast in the fourth.

Kane scored three runs and had three RBI. Selby had three RBI, including a two-run double in the first inning, and Dixon reached base with three hits and a walk.

"This one is a tough one to lose because of the (tournament) seeding," said Vickers. "You just can't afford to lose now."

Bikle had three of Williamsport's 11 hits and Bodnar had three RBI.

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