'Cats do job with some swinging in the rain

March 30, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — It’s common knowledge that cats don’t care for water.

Most cats, that is, other than the Williamsport Wildcats baseball team.

The Wildcats braved a steady downpour of sleet and snow to put away Boonsboro 11-3 in an MVAL Antietam matchup that was halted in the fifth inning due to the weather.

The Wildcats (2-2, 1-1) did most of their damage in a six-run second inning. Tyler Nally got Williamsport on the board by scoring on a throwing error. Chris Kiley followed with an RBI double to score Will Bowen. Connor Arnone added an RBI double and took third on an error before scoring on Tyson Cline’s single.

Starting pitcher Tyler Byers closeed out the rally with his first of two two-run home runs to give Williamsport a 6-3 lead.

“We got off to a rocky start in the beginning of the game, but we showed a lot of fight in the second inning,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz. “That’s what it takes to win.”

The Wildcats continued to knock the cover off the ball. Nally homered in the third inning before Byers hit his second two-run blast in the fifth.

“I was really just trying to make up for those two losses (to Tuscarora and Catoctin) today. I was putting the ball in play but I wasn’t finding the holes,” said Byers. “Today I wanted to get the team where we wanted to be.”

“Byers is a good left-handed power stick,” Warrenfeltz said. “I was proud of how he kept his composure at the plate and on the mound and how he gave us a chance to win.”

Byers protected the lead by allowing three runs over four innings, while striking out six and walking two.

Boonsboro took the early lead with three runs in the first, but was unable to add onto its total as the Warriors didn’t move a runner past second base after the inning.

Justin Lewis scored Zach Poffenberger with an RBI single and Justin Gregory smacked a two-run home run that just cleared the fence in right field.

Errors, which contributed to three Williamsport runs, hurt the Warriors (1-3, 0-2).

“It’s the story of our season so far, our guys are having trouble fielding,” said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard. “They didn’t let the conditions affect them and we did.”

Williamsport 11, Boonsboro 3
Williamsport    061    04    —    11    13    2
Boonsboro    300    00    —    3    6    5
Byers, Colliflower (5) and Butts. Hardy, Bennett (3), Blickenstaff (5) and Gregory. WP — Byers (1-1). LP — Hardy (1-1). HR — W: Byers 2 (2nd, one on; 5th, one on); B: Gregory (1st, one on).

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