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Wildcats follow 'score early' script to another winning chapter to season

April 27, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • South Hagerstown's center fielder Nick Stubbs (9) flips over the top of Williamsport's Tyler Byers after racing in from the outfield to make a tag during Wednesday's second inning of the Wildcats' 10-7 win.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Williamsport’s baseball team has been the poster children for fundamental baseball this season. It takes an early lead and holds the opposing team off.

The formula was no different on Wednesday against South Hagerstown, as the Wildcats jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and held on for a 10-7 win over the Rebels.

Tyler Shank scored on an error in the second inning to get Williamsport on the board. Then, the Wildcats got going with four more runs in the third. Tyler Byers and Shank had RBI singles, and Tyler Nally hit his first of two two-run doubles to make it a 5-0 advantage.

“Tonight we swung the bats well and we ran the bases well,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz. “We put some pressure on their defense.”

In the bottom of the third inning, South’s Nick Stubbs attempted to score on a double by Luke Toms by running over Williamsport catcher Ryan Butts, but was ruled out on a controversial call for throwing a forearm in the catcher’s face. South still got on the board with an RBI single by Riley Stephenson.

“It was an issue of whether the catcher was in the basepath and where it went from there,” said Warrenfeltz.

“That (catcher) was in the basepath, he should never have been there,” said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer. “My player threw up the forearm to protect himself. What else was he going to do?”

That stoked a fire for the Rebels’ offense.

Williamsport added two runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead before South (5-6, 3-6) came back with three to cut the deficit. Kenny Kitchens scored on Ahmere Ware’s single, which led to Ware and Stubbs scoring on a double by Toms.

Williamsport countered with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth innings, highlighted by Nally’s second two-run double.

“I haven’t been hitting well in practice. I just went up there relaxed and swung nice and easy,” said Nally.

South threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. The Rebels scored two runs, but Stubbs was tagged out in a rundown and Byers struck out Trevor Haupt to clinch the victory for Williamsport.

“Our pitchers didn’t overpower, but they made big pitches when they needed to,” Warrenfeltz said.

Stottlemyer was upset as South continued its 2-6 slide after starting the year 4-0.

“We’re not playing as a team. We have too many individuals on this club,” said Stottlemyer. “We’re making too many mental mistakes and we’re talking ourselves out of ball games. We’re scoring a lot of runs, but we’re giving up a whole bunch, too.”

Williamsport 10, South Hagerstown 7
Williamsport    014    212    0    —    10    11    4
South    001    301    2    —    7    12    4
Colliflower, Byers (4) and Butts. Martin, B. Miller (3), Sines (6) and Haupt. WP — Colliflower. LP — Martin.

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