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Prep Baseball: Boonsboro gladly accepts Hubs' generosity

March 26, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — There were pivotal errors during Monday’s baseball game, but none were more pivotal — or decisive — than North Hagerstown’s second miscue of the seventh inning.

A two-out throwing error capped a five-run outburst to give Boonsboro an 8-7 MVAL Antietam victory over North.

North (2-1, 1-1) had taken a 6-1 lead in the top of the sixth on two hits, a walk and error, before Dustin Gregory nicked North pitcher J.T. Root for a two-run double in the bottom of the inning.

After North scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh for a 7-3 lead, coach Drew Crawford called on John Britton to close out the game, just as he had done last week against Williamsport.

But Britton had little control, walking Ryan Ruiz and Scott Bennett to lead off the inning, followed by Justin Lewis’ infield hit that loaded the bases.

North shortstop Matt Daley committed an error off a ball put in play by Brian Cibula to allow Ruiz to score. Riley Stephenson delivered a sacrifice fly to score Bennett and Gregory added a ground-rule double to score Lewis and move Cibula to third.

Crawford make a pitching change, bringing in Aaron Jones, who promptly issued an intentional walk to Zach Poffenberger to load the bases.

Jones struck out Craig Anderson and induced Brad Enfield to ground to Daley at short, but an errant throw allowed Cibula and Gregory to score the winning runs for the Warriors.

“It just goes to show you can never have too many runs,” said Crawford. “Root was over 100 pitches and Britton has been reliable. They had only one hit in the seventh inning.”

It was a turnaround game for Boonsboro (2-1, 1-0) in its MVAL opener after losing a 7-0 lead to James Buchanan in an 8-7 loss on Friday.

“It’s a big win after the JB loss,” said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard. “We haven’t started off the season hitting the ball that well, but we got one tonight. You don’t want to be in that position but now they see they can come back.”

Boonsboro had opportunities against Root in the first inning, loading the bases with none out, but Root kept them all stranded.

North held a 2-1 lead through three innings and 3-1 after five against the Warriors, despite five creditable innings by Stephenson, who allowed four hits and four walks with six strikeouts.

Root had five strikeouts and allowed five hits in six innings.

“We should be 3-0 right now,” said Leonard. “I think they started to see they could win the game in the sixth inning.

Gregory and Lewis had two hits each for Boonsboro, while C.J. Owings had three hits for North.

Cibula got the win with two inning of relief.

Boonsboro 8, North Hagerstown 7
North    011    013    1    —    7    6    3
Boonsboro    001    002    5    —    8    7    3
Root, Britton (7), Jones (7) and Williams. Stephenson, Strunk (6), Cibula (6) and Gregory. WP — Cibula. LP — Britton.

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