Everything goes wrong as Rebels, 'Cats accept tie

April 04, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

WILLIAMSPORT — A slow-paced game and an impending weather system weren’t a good mix as darkness began to settle in over Williamsport.

Those were the ingredients that forced umpires to halt Monday’s South Hagerstown-Williamsport MVAL Antietam baseball game, leaving it in a 7-7 tie after seven innings.

The game will be completed on April 27 when the two teams meet again at South.

It will give Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz time to reflect on five chargeable errors and a few other mental ones that won’t look good on the tape machine.

“You can’t have five or six errors and win,” he said. “We made some plays in the end but early we just had too many mistakes.”

Williamsport led 5-2 after two innings, roughing up starter Riley Stephenson. Two of the runs came on a home run by Tyson Cline.

South battled back against Wildcats reliever Brendon Colliflower, who came into the game in the third. He allowed singles to Luke Toms and Brandon Hess before Jordan Nicewarner swatted a home run to right center for a 5-5 tie.

Williamsport regained a 6-5 lead in the fifth and took a 7-4 advantage in the sixth when Connor Arnone reached on a throwing error, stole second and scored on a bloop single by Cline.

South knotted the contest at 7 in the seventh. Nicewarner connected for a solo homer, Kenny Kitchens and Hunter Phillips each singled and Ryan Harman walked to load the bases. A fielder’s choice scored Stubbs before reliever Zach Lucas retired the Rebels.

Freshman pitcher Aaron Martin made his varsity debut with two innings of relief, striking out four.  Sophomore Zach Sines worked the fifth in his first appearance. They combined to keep the Rebels in the game.

“We were interested to see what they could do and I was very impressed with them,” said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer.

South Hagerstown 7, Williamsport 7
South    110    030    2    —    7    8    2
Williamsport    320    011    0    —    7    8    5
Stephenson, Sines (5), Martin (6) and Haupt. Taylor, Colliflower (3), Lucas (6) and Butts. HR–SH: Nicewarner 2 (5th, two on; 6th, none on). W:Cline (2nd, one on).

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