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Prep Baseball: Warriors' 7-run seventh sinks South

April 15, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — What started as a pitchers’ duel turned into a rout on Monday night, as a seven-run seventh inning led Boonsboro’s baseball team to a 9-2 MVAL Antietam victory over South Hagerstown.

Coming into the seventh inning tied at 2, Boonsboro (4-6, 1-6) started the frame with a walk and a single before Brad Enfield hit a grounder to South shortstop Colby Johnson, who threw home, but the ball was dropped as Ethan Foster scored, chasing Rebels starter Airin Martin.

“That was a touchy decision for me,” said Boonsboro coach Ronnie Stewart. “We were aggressive and I’m glad it worked out.”

Three pitches later, Gunnar Whipp scored on a wild pitch to put the Warriors up 4-2. Evan Pettyjohn and Scott Bennett walked before three straight RBI singles by Luke Harsh, Dalton Stewart and Zach Poffenberger extended Boonsboro’s lead to 7-2.

A sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Foster rounded out Boonsboro’s scoring.

“We finally put some hits together. We’ve just spent all of our time in the cage,” said Stewart. “We played some decent defense as well, but we still have work to do.”

Monday’s game was tight through six innings thanks to the efforts of Martin and his counterparts Enfield and Bennett.

Martin finished with 10 strikeouts and three walks for South (4-5, 1-4), but his defense hurt him early.

Boonsboro drew first blood in the second inning, as a throwing error by Martin allowed Dalton Stewart to score from first. Another error in the third allowed Pettyjohn to score from second, putting the Warriors up 2-0.

Enfield struck out the side in the first two innings, but allowed the Rebels’ first run in the third. Timmy Kitchen slapped a one-out double to left and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a groundout by Alex Miller.

Bennett entered the game in the third inning and pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief, but allowed the tying run in the fifth on an RBI single by Miller that scored Lane Hessong. Enfield finished with six strikeouts and one walk on 55 pitches, while Bennett had one strikeout and four walks on 58 pitches.

“That’s the plan, to keep pitch counts low. Now (Bennett) can pitch again soon,” said Stewart. “Same with Enfield. He pitched strong as well. I’m very proud of the kids today.”

“(Boonsboro) played tough. They didn’t give us much. Enfield and Bennett pitched well,” said South coach Zach Swisher. “They played a good, strong, tough, fundamental game.”

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