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Martinsburg routs Hedgesville, 8-1

April 25, 2008|By JOHN O'BRIEN

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- If his teammates can hit like they did Thursday night, and if Brandon King can pitch the way he did, then Martinsburg left fielder Jordan Mason doesn't think many teams can keep up with the Bulldogs.

The Hedgesville Eagles probably wouldn't argue with him.

Mason and Zach Woolcock led a 10-hit barrage, and King added a strong performance on the mound in Martinsburg's 8-1 win -- the Bulldogs' third this season over Hedgesville.

"The last game, I think we actually only had three hits," said Mason, who had three hits himself Thursday. "Playing against Hedgesville, we wanted to bust the game open early."

That they did. King hit a first-inning solo home run, and Martinsburg (16-9) added four runs in the second.

Woolcock, who went 3-for-4, started the surge with a single off Hedgesville starter Huey Hite (1-1). T.J. Wiesenberg followed with a double off the left-field fence.

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Freshman Kameron Puller singled hard up the middle to drive both runners in, making it 3-0, before Spike Geffert reached on a two-out error when Puller screened third baseman Jordan Smith from cleanly fielding a ground ball. Puller scored on the play.

Mason followed with a triple to right to score Geffert and chase Hite.

Leading 5-0 in the fourth, Zach Stolipher singled with one out and came around to score on two wild pitches and a throwing error. Eagles reliever Scott Keifer walked Noon Jordan, Geffert again reached on an error and Mason singled Geffert home after Jordan's courtesy runner scored on a double steal, making the score 8-0.

"We did a lot better tonight," said Mason, who added a sixth-inning double. "If we hit like this, we'll be tough to beat -- especially if Brandon pitches that well."

Only a near-solo effort by Sean Huff -- a last-minute replacement in right field for J.R. Mayles -- dented King's pitching line. Huff singled with one out in the fifth, stole second, moved to third on a swinging bunt by Michael Frush and scored on a wild pitch.

King (4-3) went the distance, allowing four hits and two walks. He struck out 11.

"He does a great job every time out," Mason said.

Hite allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 1 2/3 innings in his second start for Hedgesville (9-11). Keifer gave up three runs -- two earned -- in 1 2/3 innings. Kris Eichelberger and Andrew Shaffer held Martinsburg scoreless over the final three innings.

 

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