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Prep notes: Wildcats making noise on diamond

April 14, 2011

Baseball

For two Washington County teams, today brings an opportunity to improve on its current status.

Williamsport — trying to reverse its fortunes from the past two years — can make a name for itself among the Class 1A ranks today when it hosts Catoctin in a key MVAL Antietam matchup.

Currently at 5-2 and on a four-game winning streak, the Wildcats have not lost since a 5-3 setback to Catoctin on March 28. They also own a 24-13 decision over Clear Spring and a 7-7 tie with South Hagerstown that has yet to be concluded officially in the standings.

Thursday’s come-from-behind victory over North Hagerstown on Tyson Cline’s grand slam in the sixth inning should give the Wildcats plenty of fuel.

“At the beginning of the week, we told the players they had a great opportunity by the end of the week,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz.  “Ever since the first Catoctin game, we’ve swung the bats well. We’re not looking for the home run. We’re swinging better.

“The long ball is a little surprising, but it doesn’t hurt.”

For North Hagerstown, the defending Maryland 2A state champion Hubs will look to turn around the ship they’ve not been sailing straight on.

With a 2-3 mark and two tied games yet to be finished, the Hubs were dealt another blow with the late-inning loss to Williamsport. That came on the heels of Monday’s 23-5 loss to Catoctin, which didn’t help North’s mental stature as the Hubs gave up 24 hits.

North will be at Clear Spring today. The Hubs own a 9-4 victory over the Blazers in March.

* Starting next week, teams are going to hope they’ve got some pitching development.

With recent postponements becoming rescheduling nightmares, many county schools will be playing three games, and in some instances four games, next week. That kind of schedule could even filter into the final week of April.

What will be surprising is any team being able to complete a 20-game schedule before the last regular-season play date — May 12.

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