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Warriors rally late to beat Hubs

May 10, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - In a high-scoring, see-saw battle between the Boonsboro and North Hagerstown baseball teams Wednesday, the Warriors scored the game's final five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge the Hubs, 11-9.

Boonsboro (11-7, 9-5 MVAL Antietam) stopped a two-game losing steak.

"We're trying to get ready for the playoffs," Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said. "It was a good way to end the regular season. We hit better tonight than what we did in the last two games. I'm just happy we won. I'm just looking forward to the playoffs right now."

North (8-10, 5-9) held a 9-6 lead when Boonsboro came up to bat in the sixth. Adam Chambers led off with a single to left, took second on an errant pickoff throw and went to third on a single to left by Josh Anders. Kyle Kane then doubled to center to knock in Chambers and move Anders to third. Tim Cole followed with a two-run double to right to tie the game.

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One out later, Brad Rohrer walked. Sean Colgan followed with an RBI double to left to drive in Cole with the go-ahead run. Chris Selby then hit a sacrifice fly to center to knock in Rohrer with an insurance run to stretch the Warriors' lead to 11-9.

Relief pitcher Jake Pendergraft hurled the last five innings for Boonsboro to get the win. Pendergraft added a solo home run among his two hits on offense.

Anders had three hits, while Cole finished with three RBI, two hits and one run scored. Aaron Dixon, Chambers and Rohrer had two hits apiece for the Warriors.

Cody Nelling had four hits for North, including a home run and two doubles. Mark Dattilio and Marcellus Sumlin had three hits each, while Nathan Harden added two hits for the Hubs. Nelling and Dattilio each had three RBIs and two runs scored. Sumlin had two RBIs and two runs scored.

"You cannot give people six or seven outs in an inning and expect to win the ballgame," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "It is just simple. We did a good job in the middle of the ballgame battling back. They made the plays and we didn't."

Boonsboro took a 4-0 lead during the first two innings by taking advantage of three North errors.

The Hubs erupted for six runs in the top of the third to go in front, 6-4.

The Warriors scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the score at 6-6.

The Hubs got three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 9-6 lead.

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