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Warriors come out swinging, hand Rebels first loss

April 15, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — Seemingly any baseball team can win on any given day in Washington County this season.

A perfect example of that was illustrated Friday when the sub-.500 Boonsboro Warriors pulled off a 15-11 upset win at home against the previously undefeated South Hagerstown Rebels.

It was the third straight win for Boonsboro (4-5, 2-4 MVAL Antietam).

“It is definitely a good win for our team,” Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard said. “Any time that you beat an undefeated team, that is a great feeling for your team. We came out ready to swing the bat. We were really fired up for today. We really wanted this victory. I liked our approach at the plate today. In the past, we hit their pitch. Today, we had a plan where we hit our pitch.”

Brian Cibula got the Warriors on the scoreboard first with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning.

The Rebels (4-1, 3-1) answered back with two runs in the top of the second for a 2-2 tie.

The Warriors responded by exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the second to build a 9-2 advantage. Zach Poffenberger capped the rally with a two-run homer.

The Rebels had their own seven-run explosion in the top of the fourth to even the score at 9-9. Jordan Nicewarner hit a two-run homer to highlight the scoring.

The Warriors then scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good at 11-9 when Cibula clubbed a two-run homer.

The Warriors tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 15-9.

The Rebels got two runs in the top of the seventh to reduce the deficit to 15-11 on a two-run homer by Nick Stubbs, but they would get no closer than that.

Justin Lewis and Cibula had three hits each, while Craig Anderson and Poffenberger had two hits each for Boonsboro. Cibula finished with five RBIs, while Lewis and Poffenberger had two RBIs each.

Boonsboro southpaw starting pitcher Nathan Hardy allowed no earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Cibula got the win in relief for the Warriors, allowing two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Each team took advantage of the errors committed by its opponent. The Warriors had three errors, while the Rebels made four.

“We got a good outing from Nathan Hardy,” Leonard said. “When South had that big fourth inning, we would have been out of that inning a lot earlier and there probably would have been 40 less pitches if we would have made that one fielding play.”

Nicewarner had three hits and two RBIs for the Rebels, while Riley Stephenson, Kenny Kitchens, Brandon Hess and Stubbs added two hits apiece for South. Stubbs and Trevor Haupt each had three RBIs.

“When you give up a lot of walks and a bunch of errors, that is what is going to happen,” South Hagerstown assistant coach Doug Stottlemyer said. “We came back by scoring a lot of runs. Boonsboro swung the bats great and hit the ball well all day. Hats off to them. They played a great game.”

Boonsboro 15, South Hagerstown 11
South Hagerstown    020    700    2    —    11    13    4
Boonsboro    270    204    x    —    15    11    3
May, B. Miller (2), J. Miller (5), Sines (6) and Haupt. Hardy, Cibula (4) and Gregory. WP — Cibula. LP — B. Miller. HR — South: — Nicewarner (4th, one on); Stubbs (7th, one on); Boonsboro: Poffenberger (2nd, one on); Cibula (4th, one on).

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