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Kane gets his shot for Boonsboro

June 25, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

Kyle Kane knew what he wanted and wasn't going to accept anything less.

In fact, he was willing to wait. He only had to be patient for two pitches.

Kane clubbed a home run to left field to lead off the seventh inning on Wednesday and lift the Boonsboro Pirates to a 6-5 Blue Ridge Adult League victory over the Hagerstown Braves at North Hagerstown.

"I knew I was leading off the inning and I had not taken any aggressive swings," Kane said. "I looked for the first fastball."

It came on the one-ball offering from Hagerstown starter James Peterman, who ended up taking a complete-game loss. Kane hit a high drive that had left fielder Jeremiah Mills drifting to the fence until he ran out of room.

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"I hadn't seen a fastball all night," said Kane, Boonsboro's cleanup hitter. "I was looking for it on the first pitch."

The Braves (6-8, 3-6) tried to steal the game back in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs against reliever Jimmy Duggan. Duggan saved the victory by getting David Warrenfeltz to ground to short to end the game.

"This is at least the third straight game that we have lost in the final innings," said Hagerstown manager Mike Kipe. "We get good starts and get leads, but don't build on them.

"That was the story tonight. We didn't build on the lead. And that's the game. (Kane) is a good hitter who got his pitch and hit one over the fence."

Boonsboro (11-3, 10-2) stayed in the game early, while starting pitcher Steve Kozak battled to keep the Pirates afloat. Kozak gave up four runs in the first three innings before finding his groove to hold down the Braves. He went six innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while striking out three.

"It's been 12 days since (Kozak) pitched," said Boonsboro player-manager Matt Noll. "He usually pitches every two days, but with all the rain, he has had to wait. He was too rested."

The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on back-to-back doubles by Nathan Minnich and Matt Ridenour and an RBI single by Keith Kellinger.

Boonsboro got one back in the second on Tom Flynn's RBI single and tied the game in the third when Nick Brown drove in a run with a double to center.

Hagerstown took a 4-2 lead in the third when Kellinger hit a two-out single and circled the bases on Fred Kreiger's triple to left that came off of a swing to protect Kellinger while he stole second. Cory Livengood singled to score Kreiger.

Boonsboro scored three times in the fifth to take the lead, which was aided by a throwing error by Minnich at first base while trying to turn a double play. Nathan Himes reached on the error to bring home the first run and Noll tied the game with a single to left. Brandon Armentrout singled home Himes for the go-ahead run.

Hagerstown tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth when Mills reached on an error by Boonsboro shortstop Josh Simon and eventually scored on a Tim Kellinger single.

Then it was up to Kane and his aggressive swing.

"We wanted a run one way or another and we got it early," Noll said.

John Holcumb, Noll and Flynn had two hits each for Boonsboro. Keith Kellinger had three hits for the Braves, while Ridenour and Livengood had two each.

"We come out and battle," Kipe said. "If we were able to field a regular lineup, we'd be much better. We got the lead and sat on it again, but this time we didn't walk people. This one is hard to swallow, but not as hard as it has been."

Boonsboro 6, Hagerstown 5
Boonsboro 011 030 1 -- 6 10 2
Hagerstown 202 001 0 -- 5 11 3

Kozak, Duggan (7) and Himes. Peterman and Warrenfeltz. WP -- Kozak. LP -- Peterman. S -- Duggan. HR -- B: Kane (7th, none on).

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