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Prep Baseball: Leopards capitalize on Boonsboro errors

April 08, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg-Boonsboro rivalry may not be as begrudging as it once was, but the schools are still rivals, so one can imagine how bothered the losing team must feel — especially if the losing team, in a sense, helped its opponent to victory.

The Leopards took full advantage of Boonsboro’s five errors Monday afternoon on their way to a 10-3 MVAL Antietam win over the Warriors.

“We’re getting there,” Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. “We’re definitely progressing. Nothing is won in April, so we’re taking it day by day.”

The Warriors’ defense really lost its way in the sixth inning, committing three errors that led to six Smithsburg runs.

“Coming into the season, I thought the defense would be our strong point,” said Boonsboro coach Ronnie Stewart. “The errors upped (starting pitcher Scott Bennett’s) count and we had to take him out when he reached his limit. The defense needs to make those plays, but they aren’t doing it.”

Smithsburg (3-6, 1-4) led 4-3 entering the home side of the sixth inning. Josh Miller singled and went all the way around to third on a throwing error before scoring on a wild pitch.

After adding a run on a fielding error, J.R. Rinehart singled in two more runs for the Leopards to put them up 8-3. Justin Smith advanced to first on a fielding error that allowed Rinehart to score and Kyle Dinterman’s RBI double plated the sixth run of the frame.

Miller turned in a strong pitching performance, allowing four hits in six innings. He gave up three runs, while fanning four and walking only one.

“It was a great effort by Josh,” Cobb said. “He kept the ball down and was successful throwing his curveball for strikes. He made the defense look good.”

Smithsburg took the lead in the second inning when it scored the first run on James Shifler’s RBI single and the second run on Joey Schwartz’s RBI double.

Two passed balls on Boonsboro’s end plated two more runs for the Leopards in the third inning, stretching the lead to 4-0.

The Leopards had their own mistakes. A fielding error in the sixth inning allowed the Warriors (3-4, 0-4) to score two runs and an RBI single by Ethan Foster cut Smithsburg’s lead to 4-3.

Smithsburg 10, Boonsboro 3
Boonsboro    000    003    0    —    3    4    5
Smithsburg    022    006    x    —    10    10    3
Bennett, Whipp (5), Enfield (5) and Cowden. Miller, Tracey (7) and Durning. WP — Miller. LP — Bennett.

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