HAGERSTOWN — Boonsboro’s baseball team climbed back to .500 with another strong pitching effort in a 6-1 victory over South Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam contest.
One month after the Warriors were last at .500 at 3-3, Friday’s win evened their mark at 9-9 (7-6 Antietam) heading into today’s game at Catoctin.
Good pitching has been the therapy, as the Warriors have allowed just one run in three of their last four wins.
Brian Cibula was the latest to deliver a sharp outing, as he continues to throw well in the latter stages of the season. He went six shutout innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out two to gain his second win of the year.
“I knew this is the type of pitching (Brian) had in him,” said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard. “He’s been getting his bullpen work and looking good.”
He got South (6-13, 4-9) to leave two runners stranded in both the second and third innings, with his defense playing well behind him.
Boonsboro took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on two-out walks from South pitcher Aaron Roby to Dustin Gregory and Riley Stephenson and an RBI single by Brad Enfield to score Gregory.
The Warriors tacked on two runs in the third. Justin Lewis was hit by a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Scott Bennett. Bennett moved up a base on a flyout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Ruiz.
Stephenson scored in the fourth, leading off with a double, moving up on an error and coming home on a force play.
Enfield and Gunnar Whipp hit run-scoring singles in the seventh for a 6-0 lead off Kenny Mack.
“We just need to carry on what we’ve been doing (into the Catoctin game),” said Leonard. “We’ve been preaching the last week that there’s times you have to go out and manufacture one or two runs an inning.”
The Rebels lost their fourth straight, and the outing did not sit all too well with coach Zack Swisher on Senior Day.
“You should be able to feed off your seniors with enthusiasm, but I thought today there were some that didn’t seem too enthused,” said Swisher. “We hit (Cibula) earlier in the year, but he kept us off balance today. He certainly looked better today.”
South scored an unearned run in the seventh off Lewis, with Colby Johnson reaching base and eventually scoring on Rich Rostek’s groundout.
There’s not much time for South to worry about the loss, as the Rebels travel across town to North Hagerstown for a game today at 1 p.m.
Boonsboro 6, South Hagerstown 1
Boonsboro 012 100 2 — 6 9 1
South 000 000 1 — 1 3 3
Cibula, Lewis (7) and Gregory. Roby, Mack (7) and K. Johnson. WP — Cibula (2-4). LP — Roby (2-5).