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Boonsboro hands South its first loss

April 18, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

BOONSBORO -- Apparently, the Boonsboro baseball team got the message.

"I challenged them earlier this week and they have come through," Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard said following Thursday's 15-3 victory over previously undefeated South Hagerstown.

After the Warriors (5-5) sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the game was called after 4 1/2 frames because of the 10-run rule.

Coupled with Wednesday's 14-4 win over Smithsburg, Boonsboro has scored 29 runs in its last two games, which pleases Leonard.

"We've had to overcome some adversity and I told them that now is the time of the season to start playing good baseball, start turning things around," Leonard said. "We've looked good the past two games. We've been swinging the bats and have been more aggressive on the base paths. Let's hope it continues."

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Jake Pendergraft, who hit two home runs against Smithsburg, was again the hero on Thursday. He was not only the winning pitcher, but also collected three doubles and drove in three runs.

Seth Poffenberger added three hits, stole six bases and scored three runs, while David Lewis collected two hits.

It certainly didn't look promising early for Boonsboro.

Before some spectators found a seat, No. 3 South (7-1) enjoyed a 2-0 advantage on home runs from its first two batters -- Tyler Presgraves and Tim Hamilton.

"It's the first homers we've hit all year," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said.

Pendergraft settled down after that and allowed just one more run while his teammates went to work against three South pitchers.

"I got mad after those two quick homers," Pendergraft said. "I got them both up in the zone, but I just shook it off and went to work. Once I settled down and got the (offensive) support from my teammates. I knew I was in good shape."

The Warriors scored at least one run in all four at-bats and saved their best for last.

Leading 5-2 after three innings, the fourth started innocently enough for Boonsboro when Dwayne Washko drew a leadoff walk against Hamilton and advanced to second base on Lewis' sacrifice bunt.

Jared Ferguson was hit by a pitch and it appeared Hamilton was in good shape when Adam Chambers grounded into a fielder's choice.

The Warriors, however, were just heating up.

With two outs, Chris Selby ripped a run-scoring single to left field, Pendergraft hit a two-run double and Seth Poffenberger added an RBI single.

South used two relief pitchers in the fourth but the Warriors kept pounding away, the key hit a bases-clearing double by Washko.

"Give them credit, they played well," South coach Stottlemyer said. "They hit the ball. You are going to have days like this. We just have to get ready for Clear Spring (today). That will be another tough one."

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