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Rebels gladly take what they get from Warriors

April 22, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- The Boonsboro and South Hagerstown baseball teams are living by similar mottos.

"You take it any way you can get it," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said.

Easily isn't one of those ways, though. The two inexperienced teams battled through walks and tedious innings on Wednesday as the Rebels held on for a 10-7 victory ... this time.

Boonsboro allowed South (7-6, 4-4) to build a 10-1 lead after four innings. But the Rebels allowed the Warriors to escape the brink of the 10-run rule with a five-run fifth, capped by a pinch-hit grand slam by Zach Poffenberger.

It brought back memories -- bad for South and good for Boonsboro -- when the Warriors used two grand slams by Justin Lewis to come from behind for a 12-10 win on April 30.

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"Whoa," Stottlemyer said. "My boy (starting pitcher Dylan May) sat through a long inning and chilled and couldn't get warmed up. That little freshman went and got it."

The Poffensburger blast put a jolt back into a rather dormant Boonsboro team.

The Warriors (2-11, 1-7) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Rodney Flora singled, stole second and scored on a Lewis single. Lewis' wildness on the mound allowed South's Tyeler Presgraves to reach on a wild pitch on a third strike, setting up a tying RBI single by Trevor Haupt.

The Rebels began to pile on runs with a combination of Boonsboro wildness and a couple of timely hits.

South added two runs in the second on RBI walks to Jordan Nicewarner and Tim Hoover. The Rebels added three runs in the third, keyed by Garrick Boward's RBI triple and singles by Nick Stubbs and Jordan Hatfield.

The Rebels capped it off with four more runs in the fourth on Hatfield's two-run single and two wild pitches.

Boonsboro had South where it wanted.

"Unfortunately, these kids are used to this," said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard. "They get down by so many runs, they are used to it. We haven't been hitting well with runners in scoring position."

The Warriors chased May in the fifth by loading the bases and scoring on Brian Cibula's RBI single. Poffenberger greeted reliever Blake Miller with his drive down the left-field line.

"(Poffenberger) has pinch hit for us for two games," Leonard said. "First time, he hit a ground-rule double. He's going to find away to get into the lineup."

Boonsboro stayed in the game and had a chance to tie in the seventh. Nick Lum doubled and scored on Phil Hershberger's single. After Dustin Gregory walked to bring the tying run to the plate, South called on Luke Toms to close out the game.

Hatfield had three hits and three RBIs for the Rebels, while Boward had two hits and two RBIs. Hershberger and Lewis had two hits each for Boonsboro.

"Any time they can put you in a position to win with outs left, you have to be pleased," Leonard said. "But we didn't do a lot of things well. This is a young team ... Our time is coming."

South Hagerstown 10, Boonsboro 7
Boonsboro 100 050 1 -- 7 13 1
South 123 400 x -- 10 8 1

Lewis, N. Hardy (2), Nokes (4) and Beard. May, B. Miller (5), Toms (7) and Haupt. WP -- May. LP -- Lewis. S -- Toms. HR -- B: Poffenberger (5th, three on).

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