Williamsport's Marx goes from rags to riches

April 03, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

WILLIAMSPORT -- John Marx suffers from a baseball player's best friend.

It's called selective amnesia.

It's the ability to forget the tough at-bats and remember the positive ones. The old "What strikeout in the fifth? I got a two-run single in the sixth."

Welcome to Marx's world. Welcome to Marx's game on Wednesday. Williamsport's second baseman ignited a key three-run insurance rally in the sixth with a two-run single to help the Wildcats finish off Winters Mill in a 6-2 victory.

"Baseball is a short-term memory game," Marx said. "You have to put (strikeouts) behind you and be ready. I hit a straight fastball on the first pitch. The first two times out, they got first-pitch strikes."


His big one-out hit scored Andrew Likely and Adam Plume, after he struck out twice in his first two at-bats. The second, in the fifth inning, Marx took particularly hard, crouching in the dugout to clear his head followed by whipping his batting gloves into wall.

"I was thinking too much," Marx said. "I was doing that earlier. I needed to clear my head and make the adjustments I needed to to help the team."

Marx couldn't have provided any bigger lift for the Wildcats (2-1). Williamsport and Winters Mill were locked in a battle of missed and created opportunities as each team manufactured all the runs through 5 1/2 innings, as the Wildcats led 3-2.

"We needed the extra runs to make that last inning more comfortable," Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers said. "It allowed us to play off on defense in the seventh and helped us get one of the outs in the inning. That hit was huge because it brought up the energy level. It's nice when the kids are confident in the seventh inning."

Likely led off by reaching on shortstop Pete Scoone's throwing error, took second on a passed ball and stole third while Plume, a pinch hitter, walked. A stolen base and an out later, Marx hit his game buster off losing pitcher Tyler Witte. Marx stole second and scored on Michael Warrenfeltz's single.

Likely, the winning pitcher after coming on in relief of Andrew Duff in the fourth, forced Winters Mill to strand runners on first and third in the seventh to end the game.

Winters Mill scored in the second on a wild pitch and in the fourth on Scoone's suicide squeeze bunt single for a 2-1 lead.

Williamport got its first three runs with the help of the hustle by catcher A.J. Jamison. Jamison, who had three hits, reached on a fielder's choice in the third and then stole second, took third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch. He added an RBI single in the fifth and scored the lead run on Aaron Hershberger's single.

"We had to run the bases smart and get timely hits today," Vickers said.

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