Key can't hold down Boonsboro, falls, 11-9

April 22, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

After a long week, yesterday's fourth inning against visiting Boonsboro was the last thing Francis Scott Key coach Joe Linthicum wanted to see.

The Eagles had just taken a 6-4 lead with two runs in the bottom of the third, when Boonsboro batted around for five runs on just two hits to take a lead it would never relinquish in coming away with a 11-9 win in Uniontown.

It was the fourth game in four days for the Eagles (4-6), who started the week with a 14-3 win at Boonsboro on Monday before losing back-to-back games against South Hagerstown.

The Eagles' rally fell short in the bottom of the seventh when Karen Brooks was cut down at the plate on a double-steal attempt. With the Eagles trailing by two and down to their last strike, Brooks tripled for the second time to keep them alive. Kristy Hollman followed with a walk to put the tying run on first.

Hollman stole second and when Boonsboro catcher Teresa Fraley threw back to pitcher Amy Pereschuck instead of down to second, they caught Brooks trying to steal home.

"It was one of those things that just happened," Linthicum said.

"She saw the catcher crank and expected her to go to second but it didn't get past the pitcher. That's a play we use."

Linthicum said it was the failure to take advantage of situations long before the seventh inning that cost the Eagles.

Boonsboro scored three times in the first inning with only one hit that left the infield -- a two-run single up the middle by Heidi Sowers.

"It's the little things that cost us. An out here and an out there changes the whole scenario of a ball game," Linthicum said. "Look at the first inning, a ground ball to short, a bunt to the pitcher and a grounder to second and the bases are loaded for Sowers' hit."

The Eagles battled back behind Brooks, who had the two triples and scored three runs. Jessica Sutherland and Hollman also had run-scoring singles in the second to tie the game at 4 and the Eagles took a 6-4 lead with two more in the third.

Boonsboro then took advantage of five walks, a hit-batsman and an error to score five runs in the fourth off Key starter Erica Rutzebeck. Angie Weigard's single that scored two was one of only two hits in the inning.

After pitching well in the first three innings, Rutzebeck struggled to find the strike zone in the fourth. Linthicum brought Wednesday's starter Amber Smith in to pitch the fifth and she finished up.

"I thought about bringing in Amber a little earlier than I did, but she was still hurting from [Wednesday] and I wanted to give her enough time to warm up," he said.

Julie LeBrun had three singles and scored a run for the Eagles, who out-hit Boonsboro, 10-6. Brooke Sigmon added a triple and a single and scored twice.

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