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Rebels get away from Warriors

March 28, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Ryan Harman, left, attempts to turn a double play after forcing out Boonsboro's Scott Bennett at second base in the seventh inning Monday at South.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown scored in every inning of Monday’s baseball game against Boonsboro, some on its own effort, some with plenty of help from the Warriors.

After South had defeated Boonsboro 11-2 in the MVAL Antietam Conference opener, both coaches agreed the outcome could have been much closer.

“We hit the ball well, but if (Boonsboro) makes some catches, this could have been a 6-2, 6-4 game,” said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer.

“We lost to a really good 3A team, but if we catch the ball, we don’t lose by nine runs,” said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard.

Boonsboro (1-2, 0-1) made six errors, four of them critical outfield mistakes that paved the way for seven unearned runs in a game which South (2-0, 1-0) led only 3-1 after three innings.

Riley Stephenson and Jordan Nicewarner stroked back-to-back doubles for South off Justin Lewis in the bottom of the second inning that gave South a 2-1 lead, one it never lost.

But the fourth inning proved the undoing for Boonsboro as the Rebels scored three times with the aid of two fly balls not being caught, one on a drop and another on misjudgment.

Scott Bennett homered for Boonsboro in the top of the fifth — a shot that hugged the left-field line to bring Boonsboro back within 6-2.

Things did not improve defensively for the Warriors in the bottom of the fifth as South put four more runs on the board off reliever Casey Strunk, who deserved a better fate.

Two errors immediately opened the floodgates for South to take a 10-2 lead, an inning in which South had one hit on a run-scoring single by Hunter Philips.

“When you’re a 5-year-old kid, your dad takes you out and hits you fly balls and you catch them, and today should have been no different,” said Leonard. “We need better routes taken to get to these fly balls.”

Brandon Hess got the starting nod for South and worked through five innings with 77 pitches, even though only 36 were for strikes.

“I didn’t know until I got to the field I would pitch, so it was quick to get ready, prepare and get in a zone,” said Hess. “I thought I’d be pitching relief this week.”

Hess allowed three hits and walked five but also struck out six.

“I was looking at the forecast ahead, the schedule, and thought it was a good time to get (Hess) in there,” said Stottlemyer. The Rebels have Smithsburg and Clear Spring still scheduled this week.

Dylan May came on and finished with two innings of relief for South.

The Rebels had nine hits, three by Nick Stubbs and a pair of doubles by Stephenson.

Bennett and Dustin Gregory each had a pair of hits for Boonsboro.

South Hagerstown 11, Boonsboro 2
Boonsboro    100    010     0    —    2    6    6
S. Hagerstown    111    341    x    —    11    9    1
Lewis, Strunk (5), Beard (6) and Gregory. Hess, May (6) and Haupt. WP—Hess. LP—Lewis. HR—B: Bennett (5th, none on).

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