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By BOB PARASILITI | April 20, 2009
Nick Arata approaches hitting a baseball as if it were a relay race. "Basically, you want to pass the bat on to the next guy," said the Hagerstown Suns infielder. "It there is a guy in scoring position, you want to get him in. If there is a guy on base, you want to move him up. You want to make it as easy as possible for the next guy. " Like most good hitters -- and lead relay runners -- Arata made his passes with the lead on Sunday. Arata had three hits and drove in four runs, including the game-winner with an eighth-inning single -- to lift the Suns to a 5-4 win over Lakewood at Municipal Stadium.
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NEWS
by CONNER GILBERT/Staff Correspondent | July 13, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Forgive Hancock Little League manager Dennis Douglas if he seems a little tense these days. His team played another close game Thursday, defeating Conococheague 9-7 in the losers' bracket semifinals of the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament at Ebersole Field. "They've been doing this to me a lot," said Douglas. "We've played some tight two-run games, but we've held them off. " Conococheague loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Vinnie Foreman struck out Aaron Taylor to end the game.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | April 26, 2000
Stealing the Show : Suns swipe six bases and get big hits vs. Gnats The Hagerstown Suns found the correct way to exterminate a Sand Gnat. First you chase them down, then you swat them. cont. from sports page The Suns put their base running on display with six stolen bases and followed up with clutch hitting by the heart of the batting order drove in all the runs Thursday in Hagerstown's 8-4 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats at Municipal Stadium. The Suns scored in Noah's Ark fashion - in pairs in four different innings - as the foot speed of Shannon Carter, Auntwan Riggins and Brandon Jackson turned into six steals and got them into position for the third through six hitters in the lineup to cash in. "We jumped on their starting pitcher early and got some clutch hits," Suns manager Rolando Pino said.
NEWS
by TIM KOELBLE | May 18, 2004
koelble@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro baseball team received a few early presents from Southern Garrett on Monday afternoon and the Warriors had no problem unwrapping them and enjoying what they saw. Southern ace Chris Smith gave up five walks in the first inning and the Warriors ripped the game open with three key hits on their way to a 6-2 win over the top-seeded Rams in the Class 1A West quarterfinals. Boonsboro coach Brian Smith decided on lefthander Craig Henson as his starter against seven left-handed bats in Southern's lineup and the senior responded, just as he did two years ago when he pitched the state championship game during the Warriors' run to the 1A title.
NEWS
BY DAN KAUFFMAN | May 17, 2002
kauffman@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim baseball coach Chris Sellers can't take much more of this. After an excrutiating 4-3 loss to Bermudian Springs in a Class AA Mid Penn playoff game Thursday - the Blue Devils' fifth straight loss after a blazing 13-2 start - a frustrated Sellers kept talking about his team's lack of clutch hits. "We can not put hits together in crucial situations, and when you don't put hits together in crucial situations, you lose," Sellers said matter-of-factly.
NEWS
by CHRIS CARTER | May 11, 2004
BOONSBORO - After managing just two hits in a 2-1 loss to Winters Mill on Friday, Brunswick coach Roger Dawson scorched his team for its inconsistency. "After the loss against Winters Mill, I was really strict when I talked to the guys," Dawson said. "I told them that how we played was not Brunswick baseball and that we need to get back to basics of playing the game. " Dawson must have touched the nerves of his players because the Railroaders responded with a 23-8 thumping of Boonsboro in MVAL Antietam action on Monday.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2012
Just call Tyler Byers “Mo.” Williamsport's pitcher took the mound at Municipal Stadium on Friday night and gave the Wildcats all the inspiration they needed to post an 8-5 MVAL Antietam victory over South Hagerstown. “Today, we played about as complete a game as we have played all year,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz. “We pitched well, got big hits and played good defense. Tyler pitched a great game. When a pitcher goes out there and does that, it gets you going.” Byers lasted into the sixth inning until he got into trouble after being hit on the left ankle on a liner by South's Colby Johnson.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | June 18, 2012
Halfway Little League's first venture into Little League Softball postseason play was a successful one Monday night. Trinity Schlotterbeck struck out 11 and hit the go-ahead RBI single in a four-run third inning, and Halfway defeated Sharpsburg 6-4 in the opener of the best-of-3 Maryland District 1 Little League Softball 11-12 championship series. “I'm proud of the team,” said Halfway manager Chris Schlotterbeck, who also was a proud father as daughter Trinity retired 13 straight Sharpsburg hitters at one point, nine of them on strikeouts.
NEWS
June 1, 2008
It's been a season of firsts for Waynesboro's softball team, and another one will happen Monday. The Maidens (23-3) -- who already have earned the first Mid-Penn Conference title and first trip to the PIAA District 3-AAAA championship game in school history this season -- will play their first-ever state tournament game against Delaware Valley at Mid Valley High School in Throop, Pa., at 4 p.m. "It has been just a great season, and for...
SPORTS
May 22, 2013
This time, Bryce Harper made the catch. And yeah, it was a relief. Harper made a game-saving grab in right field and had a couple of big hits at the plate to help the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday. San Francisco had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth when Harper had to dive to grab Hunter Pence's sinking liner in the gap, keeping it tied at 1. He banged up his left knee on the play, but managed to stay in the game.
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