Prep Baseball: Big innings boost Wildcats

April 20, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Williamsport's Brandon Greene (5) leaps but can't grab a high throw as Smithsburg's Brad Spickler, right, slides into second base during Friday's MVAL Antietam baseball game.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Williamsport’s baseball team used a pair of big innings and Brendon Colliflower’s solid pitching to beat Smithsburg 14-2 in five innings on Friday in the MVAL Antietam.

“I think that we have shown glimpses of the team that we can be,” Wildcats coach David Warrenfeltz said. “To make a run, we need to play more consistently all season.”

Colliflower (3-0) gave up two runs on three hits and struck out nine.

“I feel pretty good about my pitching today,” Colliflower said. “I felt like I was in control. I just wanted to throw strikes. I had a good defense behind me. My catcher (Ryan Butts) was a big help. He helped get me through the innings.”

Colliflower has signed to play next year at Salisbury, a Division III school.

“Brendon is a big-time pitcher,” Warrenfeltz said. “Today was one that we needed to have. He is that guy that we look for to give us that kind of performance.”

The Wildcats (8-5, 5-3) took advantage of four errors by the Leopards (1-12, 0-8). Seven of Williamsport’s 14 runs were unearned.

Smithsburg opened the scoring in the first when Brad Spickler walked, stole second and scored on a single to right by Kyle Dinterman.

Williamsport (8-5, 5-3) took control with five runs in the top of the third.

Riley Arnone started the rally with a leadoff double to center and Jordan Buchanan clubbed a two-run homer to center. The third run scored on Tyler Nally’s hard-hit single that took a big riccochet off of the third baseman’s glove into center field. The other two runs scored on a fielding error and a fielder’s choice groundout.

“I thought our offense got jump-started there in the third inning,” Warrenfeltz said. “We have been waiting for a little spark like that to get us going offensively. It was nice to string a few hits together. When you can put the ball in play hard, repeatedly, it can lead to big innings.”

The Wildcats erupted for seven more runs in the fourth to jack the lead up to 12-1. The runs came home on an RBI double by Toloso, an infield single by Ryan Butts, a bases-loaded walk to Nick Williams, a two-base throwing error and a two-run double by Greene.

Williamsport scored its last two runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Wyatt Scriever and Arnone.

The Leopards got their final run in the bottom half on an RBI single by Spickler.

“I felt Brad did a good job of pitching,” Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. “We just did not play well behind Brad. ... (Colliflower) kept us honest with the curveball. It should have been a good pitcher’s duel. When you can’t make the plays in the field, you can’t expect to be in the ballgame.”

Williamsport 14, Smithsburg 2
Williamsport    005    72    —    14    12    0
Smithsburg    100    01    —    2    3    4
Colliflower and Butts. Spickler, Stultz (4) and Durning. WP — Colliflower (3-0). LP — Spickler. HR — W: Buchanan (3rd, one on).

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