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Wildcats' hot bats beat up Warriors

April 24, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Williamsport's baseball team returned to .500 in rousing fashion.

Taking advantage of Boonsboro's pitching, the Wildcats routed the Warriors 20-6 on Friday night in an MVAL Antietam game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

The game was close entering the fourth inning, with Williamsport (7-7, 3-4) leading 6-4, before the Wildcats' bats got red hot in a 12-run inning.

Boonsboro (2-12, 1-8) starter Brian Cibula (0-5) was responsible for nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. Relievers Josh Grim and Scott Bennett gave up the other 11, lasting only a third of an inning each.

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Warriors coach Brian Leonard was visibly annoyed with his team's play.

"We didn't make plays, it's the story of our year," said Leonard. "Either we swing the bat and don't make plays, or we make plays and don't swing the bat. This is varsity baseball. We're not here to teach them the basics, we're here to make them better. It boils down to simple baseball stuff. We're just taking our lumps and hoping the grass is greener on the other side."

The Wildcats were led by leadoff man Connor Arnone, who went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs.

"I just told myself to be patient, drive the ball when I found my pitch, and just find the gaps," said Arnone.

All but one of Arnone's teammates scored at least one run and drove in at least one. The fourth inning included five walks and a double by Zach Sauble, and was punctuated by a pinch-hit grand slam by Will Bowen.

Jake Mann (3-1) didn't have his finest pitching performance -- giving up four runs and six walks -- but it was good enough to get the victory. Reliever Zach Weber inherited a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, but got out of it after allowing only two runs.

Friday's rout was a nice change from Williamsport's 12-2 loss to Catoctin on Thursday. Wildcats coach Larnie Vickers said his players were much more focused against Boonsboro.

"We turned it on from being off. I told them to push yesterday away and focus on today," said Vickers. "They took a few extra cuts in the cages and off the tees and got it done. Our pitching and defense still need consistency, but today we looked great."

Boonsboro 220 02 -- 6 6 3
Williamsport 323 (12)x -- 20 16 0

Cibula, Grim (4), Bennett (4) and Gregory. Mann, Weber (5) and Butts. WP -- Mann (3-1). LP -- Cibula (0-5). HR -- W: Bowen (4th, three on).

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