Wildcats outslug Leopards early, hold them off late

April 11, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Tyler Nally hit a grand slam in the first inning, Tyson Cline blasted a three-run shot in the second and the Williamsport baseball team held on for a 10-8 MVAL Antietam victory over Smithsburg on Monday.

“I thought that, early on, we scored when we had opportunities to,” Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz said. “In every game, we have had different guys step up for us. Tyler Nally and Tyson Cline had two big home runs for us.”

After Smithsburg (3-3, 1-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Williamsport (4-2, 3-1) responded with five runs in the bottom of the first for a 5-1 advantage.

Connor Arnone singled to center and Cline walked to start the five-run rally. One out later, Tyler Byers hit an RBI single to left. After Tyler Shank was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Will Bowen reached on a force out at the plate. Nally then blasted a grand slam down the right-field line.

The Leopards got four runs in the top of the second to even the score at 5-5. Brad Spickler whacked a three-run double to center and came home on a couple of wild pitches.

But the Wildcats answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good at 8-5. Nick Sauble and Arnone both walked to begin the inning. Cline followed by clubbing a three-run homer to center.

Southpaw relief pitcher Zach Lucas took the mound for Williamsport to start the top of the third inning and allowed three runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work for the win. Sauble got the final two outs to get the save for the Wildcats.

“Zach Lucas did a good job of coming in and keeping us in the game to give us an opportunity to win,” Williamsport coach Dave Warrenfeltz said. “He did a great job of changing up speeds. He was ahead in the count. It was a real gutsy effort.”

The Wildcats got their final two runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Arnone and an RBI infield single by Lucas.

The Leopards had single runs in the third, sixth and seventh.

“We have to find ways to win throughout the entire game and not just at the end,” Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. “Williamsport took advantage of our pitchers being behind in the count.”

Williamsport 10, Smithsburg 8
Smithsburg    141    001    1    —    8    8    1
Williamsport    530    020    x    —    10    7    4
Eyler, Daniels (2), Rinehart (5) and Durning. Taylor, Lucas (3), Sauble (7) and Butts. WP — Lucas. LP — Eyler. S — Sauble. HR — W: Nally (1st, three on), Cline (2nd, two on).

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