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'Cats, Rebels both go 2-0 at Wadel Classic

March 30, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport baseball coach David Warrenfeltz would like to bottle up the end results of Saturday’s annual Larry Wadel Classic and use them for the rest of the season.

In winning two games — 10-0 over St. Maria Goretti and 12-0 over Keyser — the Wildcats’ pitching staff produced 10 innings of scoreless work, allowed only six hits, and even better yet, allowed no walks.

“We definitely played good baseball today,” Warrenfeltz said. “It all starts with pitching, and when you throw in the zone, it also makes for better defense.”

In the first of four games in the classic, Williamsport (3-2) held a 2-0 lead through four innings in a duel between Wyatt Scriever and Goretti’s Kevin Proctor. But Proctor exited before the fifth, and the Wildcats went to work and put up an eight-run inning punctuated by a pair of two-run singles by Chase Blickenstaff and Tristan Baker.

Scriever finished off the shutout, ending with six strikeouts. He was backed by a nine-hit attack that included two hits by Riley Arnone, one a triple.

“We’re capable of pitching well,” said Warrenfeltz, whose Wildcats face a big week ahead against Clear Spring and Catoctin. “It’s a huge week for us.”

Williamsport was idle for two games, but showed no ill effects of having to wait to face Keyser.

Nick Sauble, Jordan Buchanan and Austin Loar combined to hold Keyser to just two hits, while the bats produced 12 runs, starting with three in the first inning.

Sinjin Shoop had the first of his three hits and scored on a double by Brandon Toloso, who went to third on a wild pitch. After Arnone walked, Buchanan drove in Toloso with a sacrifice fly. Arnone stole second and scored on a single by Baker.

Williamsport added four runs in the third and capped off the day with a five-run fifth, highlighted when Nick Williams sent a shot over the fence in left for a grand slam.

Buchanan picked up the win, working 1 2/3 innings. Wildcats pitchers struck out seven.

* The middle two games belonged to South Hagerstown, as the Rebels defeated Goretti 13-3 and Keyser 8-5.

South (3-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first against Goretti and never looked back, scoring in all six innings and finishing with 13 hits.

Chase Eichelberger had three hits and Colby Johnson, Josh Shingleton, Kenny Mack and Tim Burgess each had two. The biggest blast of the game came from Mack, who cleared the bases with a grand slam in the fifth inning and finished with five RBIs.

Goretti (2-5) had six hits, three by Josh Moats, including a double.

South and Keyser went at one another and were tied at 3 through four innings before the Rebels scored twice on an RBI single by Johnson and an RBI double by Mack.

Keyser scored twice in the top of the sixth without a hit to tie the game at 5, using three walks, three wild pitches and an error to its advantage with two out before Airin Martin came in to shut the door.

South then scored three in the bottom half. Aaron Roby and Joe Forti led off with walks. A fielder’s choice with no out recorded loaded the bases, and Martin delivered a single to score pinch-runner Blake Hissong. Walks to Johnson and Alex Miller forced in two more runs.

At that point, the game was halted due to a two-hours-per-game agreement in order to play a full day’s schedule.

“Even in the loss to Tuscarora earlier, the guys were down and fought to come back,” South coach Zack Swisher said. “There’s no die in them. ... (Chase) is swinging the ball real well and so is (Colby). I also liked what I saw from Eichelberger pitching. This was his first time out this year.”

Eichelberger started against Keyser and worked the first 2 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs.

Williamsport 10, St. Maria Goretti 0
Goretti    000    00    —    0    4    1
Williamsport    110    08    —    10    9    1
Proctor, Moats and Bartholomew. Scriever and Byers. WP — Scriever. LP — Proctor.
 
South Hagerstown 13, St. Maria Goretti 3
South    411    241    —    13    13    2
Goretti    002    010    —    3    6    2
Roby, C. Johnson (5) and Bickford. Blenckstone, Roth (4), Jk. Moats (6) and Proctor. WP — Roby. LP — Blenckstone. HR — SH: Mack (5th, three on).

South Hagerstown 8, Keyser 5
Keyser    003    002    —    5    4    0
South    201    023    —    8    9    2
Bane, Smith (5) and Shaffer. Eichelberger, Sines (3), C. Johnson (6), Martin (6) and Shingleton. WP — Sines. LP — Bane.

Williamsport 12, Keyser 0
Williamsport    304    05    —    12    12    1
Keyser     000    00    —    0    2    4
Sauble, Buchanan (3), Loar (5) and Byers. Shaffer, Troup (3), Parrish (5) and Robinette. WP — Buchanan. LP — Shaffer. HR — W: Williams (5th, three on).

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