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Warriors fall short against Campers

May 09, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO -- Allegany got just enough out of its offense early and Boonsboro couldn't quite get what it needed later in Friday's Maryland Class 1A West first-round baseball game.

The Campers ended Boonsboro's season with a 6-4 decision to move into a quarterfinal matchup Monday at Clear Spring.

Boonsboro batters had little discipline at the plate through the first four innings as Allegany lefty Cody Ellsworth fanned 10 and worked to a 6-0 lead.

That lead was assembled against Dryan Cole, whom head coach Ben Leonard elected to start instead of ace lefty Seth Poffenberger, hoping to get past the Campers (9-7) to leave Poffenberger to go against Clear Spring.

"I'm not second-guessing the choice," said Leonard. "Except for their first hit, Allegany did not hit the ball hard. We got out of Dryan what we wanted. It was 10 strikeouts early that lost the game."

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Even as it appeared Ellsworth was beginning to struggle and his pitch count rose, Allegany coach Duane McMinn kept with his ace.

The Warriors (5-10) finally cracked through with three runs in the bottom of the fifth as Ellsworth issued four walks, a single by Poffenberger and Sean Colgan's two-run hit.

But the Warriors couldn't produce anything else in the inning as Ellsworth bore down to strike out the next two batters.

"In the fifth (Cody) was over 100 pitches but he looked like he was getting stronger and said he was OK," said McMinn.

The Warriors scored in the bottom of the seventh on a run-scoring single by Phil Hershberger, but the threat ended when Ellsworth's 147th pitch induced a game-ending grounder by Nick Lum.

Ellsworth finished with 14 strikeouts, eight walks and allowed five hits along with a hit batsman.

"We didn't hit in pressure situations and that's what we haven't done all year," said Leonard. "We ran up against a good arm, and he did what he had to do and make the pitches when he had to."

Boonsboro left two runners in scoring position in the third inning and the bases loaded in the fifth.

Colgan, who had two of Boonsboro's five hits, also picked off four Allegany baserunners in a show of poor baserunning by the Campers.

Poffenberger, with a 3-1 record and 2.36 earned run average, was in right field to start the game. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

"I was pretty surprised he didn't start against us," said McMinn.

Allegany 6, Boonsboro 4
Allegany 102 030 0 -- 6 7 0
Boonsboro 000 030 1 -- 4 5 3

Ellsworth and Barb; Cole, Nokes (5), Poffenberger (6) and Colgan. WP--Ellsworth (5-2), LP--Cole (1-3).

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