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Prep Baseball: Leopards win unexpected pitchers' duel

April 27, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro catcher Dustin Gregory, front, tags out Smithsburg's Kyle Dinterman at home plate during Friday's MVAL Antietam baseball game.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — With earned run averages in the stratosphere for Friday’s starting pitchers, one would have expected a potential slugfest between Boonsboro and Smithsburg.

Maybe pitching in short sleeves in cool, windy conditions helped. Whatever it was, Smithsburg’s Brad Spickler and Boonsboro’s Brian Cibula were locked in a duel on the mound.

Spickler got the best of Cibula, and Smithsburg got the best of Boonsboro 2-0 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

Spickler entered with a 9.05 ERA but held Boonsboro to five hits and walked only two while striking out eight to win his first game of the year.

Cibula, who entered with an 8.25 ERA, gave up only three hits, walked two and struck out four but became the hard-luck loser when Smithsburg pushed across single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

“I really give credit to my defense with some big plays they made,” said Spickler. “The key was getting on top of my delivery and my slider was working.”

Devin Baker singled to lead off the fourth and stole second for the Leopards (3-14, 1-10). Kyle Dinterman hit a grounder out of the reach of Boonsboro third baseman Riley Stephenson, and shortstop Justin Lewis couldn’t keep the ball in the infield.

Baker was stopping at third, but rushed home when Lewis couldn’t flag down the ball.

In the fifth, Alec Hedjuk led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a single by Brock Heiston. On a double-steal attempt with Cibula throwing to first, the throw from first to short was wide while Hedjuk came scampering in from home for a 2-0 lead.

Boonsboro (6-9, 4-6) threatened in the third, but a double play stopped the rally. Then in the seventh, the Warriors had runners at first and third with one out before Spickler buttoned up the victory with two strikeouts.

“It was a gut-check performance by Brad and the team,” said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb. “When we play like we can we’re not as bad as our record shows.”

Cibula had two of Boonsboro’s five hits, including a double leading off in the seventh.

“We got a great performance from Brian today,” said Warriors coach Ben Leonard. “Right now we’re not mentally disciplined at the plate. And defensively we give away a run because we can’t get to a ball and the other throwing the ball away.”

Smithsburg 2, Boonsboro 0
Boonsboro    000    000    0    —    0    5    2
Smithsburg    000    110    x    —    2    3    0
Cibula and Gregory. Spickler and Durning. WP — Spickler (1-5). LP — Cibula (1-4).

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