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Prep Baseball: Wildcats rally to beat Blazers

April 03, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Wildcats erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the sixth inning to earn a 3-2 win over the Clear Spring Blazers on Wednesday in a MVAL Antietam baseball game.

Williamsport (4-2, 2-1) started its three-run rally with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

The Wildcats got three straight singles to center by Riley Arnone, Jordan Buchanan and Nick Williams. When Arnone came home on Williams’ single, it first appeared that he was going to be tagged out. But the catcher dropped the ball after he tagged him and the home plate umpire ruled that the runner was safe.

Clear Spring coach Mark Shives came out to dispute the call and was ejected from the game.

After that, Brandon Allen drew a walk to load the bases for the Wildcats. Hunter Maloy reached on a fielder’s choice grounder. Everybody was safe and moved up one base on the play as Buchanan scored. Colby Byers then hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in pinch-runner Tyler Martin with the third run of the inning for the Wildcats.

“We were threatening to score during the whole game,” Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz said. “It was just a matter for us to come through with the key hits at the right time.”

It was a pitchers’ duel for much of the game between Clear Spring starter Forrest Williamson and Williamsport starter Riley Arnone. Williamson hurled five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the sixth.

Arnone gave up only two runs during his five innings of work.

Blake Harne threw a scoreless sixth inning to get the win, and Nick Sauble pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the save for the Wildcats.

Arnone and Williams had two hits each for the Wildcats.

The Blazers (2-1, 2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Logan Appel was hit by a pitch and scored on a double to center by Dylan Stouffer.

The Blazers extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth when Dylan Appel led off with a single to center and eventually came around to score on a fielder’s choice grounder by Jared Brant.

“It was a good high school game,” Shives said. “These are two good arms in the area. My guys played with no soul. When you have a two-run lead on the visiting field in the bottom of the sixth, you go home with a ‘W.’ It’s that simple.”

Williamsport 3, Clear Spring 2
Clear Spring    100    010    0    —    2    4    1
Williamsport    000    003    x    —    3    5    3
Williamson, Jacob Brant (6) and Stouffer. Arnone, Harne (6), Sauble (7) and Byers. WP — Harne. LP — Williamson. S — Sauble.

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