WILLIAMSPORT — No matter how it’s getting done, Boonsboro’s baseball team is enjoying the game in recent days.
“They’re high enough some might go back to the high school tonight and have a pep rally,” said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard after his Warriors defeated Williamsport 16-11 in an MVAL Antietam contest.
Forgetting about an 11-3 pasting administered by Williamsport on March 28, the Warriors (4-5, 3-4) took their good ol’ time in putting eight runs on the scoreboard out of the gate.
“We got the big lead, almost gave it back but didn’t and I’m happy about that,” said Leonard.
Williamsport’s Zach Lucas couldn’t shake off first-inning problems on the hill, as he started with two walks and hit a batter.
Suddenly, it was 4-0 after Brian Cibula cranked a grand slam, his third round-tripper of the season.
The Warriors didn’t quit, adding four more runs in a half-inning that lasted 51 minutes. Coach David Warrenfeltz relieved Lucas with Tyler Shank, but two walks, a single and a two-run double by Scott Bennett scored the other runs.
Williamsport (6-3, 5-2) chiseled away at Boonsboro starter Justin Lewis, scoring four runs in the third on a grand slam by Tyler Shank, and adding three more in the fourth to narrow the gap to 10-9. The Wildcats had just three hits in the two innings but took advantage of Boonsboro fielding problems.
However, Boonsboro held steady and came back with six runs in the fifth, highlighted by Dustin Gregory’s two-run single and helped immensely by four Williamsport errors.
“We had cleaned up some defensive problems in the past two weeks, but they were back again today,” said Warrenfeltz of the Wildcats’ six errors.
Williamsport kept up its comeback effort with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to whittle the gap to 16-11, but Leonard made the bullpen switch to Bennett, who put two runners on in each of the sixth and seventh innings to make it a little interesting before retiring the Wildcats without allowing a run.
“(Bennett) is a good sophomore coming back from injury and threw strikes,” said Leopard.
Cibula, Gregory and Craig Anderson had two hits each for the Warriors.
Cline led Williamsport’s 11-hit parade with two doubles and two singles. Shank also had a single to go with his home run.