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Prep Baseball: Kennedy, Cougars shut down Warriors

April 03, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — Wednesday’s bitter cold and swirling winds didn’t seem to affect Catoctin’s baseball team in its MVAL Antietam matchup against Boonsboro.

Alex Kennedy pitched a complete game as the Cougars shut out the Warriors, 8-0.

Kennedy was a model of efficiency for the Cougars (4-1, 1-1), collecting seven strikeouts without a walk in 62 pitches for his first win of the season.

“(Alex) strikes out a lot of guys. He had 10 against Clear Spring in his first outing and today was no different,” said Catoctin coach Mike Franklin. “He also had a lot of first-pitch outs today. To get the feel of a slick ball and to find the strike zone like he did on a day like this is impressive. He’s a bulldog out there.”

Kennedy’s fastball-changeup combination overpowered Boonsboro’s batters. Only one Warrior advanced past second base (Ethan Foster stole third in the third inning). The Warriors (3-2, 0-2) managed three hits and hit into seven first-pitch outs.

“It was cold today. I was just trying to stay focused,” said Kennedy, who helped his own cause with a second-inning run and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. “I try to keep batters off-balance as much as possible.”

“We got beat by a good pitcher. Kennedy pitched a heck of a game today,” said Boonsboro coach Ronnie Stewart.

Catoctin held a two-run lead before exploding for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Two bunt singles and a fielder’s choice out at home loaded the bases for the Cougars. After Joey Johnson scored on a Boonsboro error, Peyton Laramore smacked a two-run double which scored Kennedy and Connor Cool. John Carroll scored on the throw to second base.

Laramore scored on a Braden Thompson RBI single.

Boonsboro had seven errors and allowed four unearned runs.

“The seven errors killed us. I thought that defense would be one of our strong suits,” said Stewart. “We’ve got to focus and make the plays and play some defense behind our pitchers.”

Schubert scored on Kennedy’s sacrifice in the sixth inning.

Catoctin 8, Boonsboro 0
Catoctin    110    051    0    —    8    9    0
Boonsboro    000    000    0    —    0    3    7
Kennedy and Johnson. Whipp, Poffenberger (5), Taulton (7) and Harsh. WP — Kennedy (1-0). LP — Whipp (0-1).

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