Westminster routs N. Hagerstown, Boonsboro Owls win 10-1, 11-0 in Easter tournament

April 07, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

BOONSBORO -- The Westminster Owls left their mark on Washington County yesterday.

It started in the morning with a 10-1 win at North Hagerstown and continued south with an 11-0 afternoon win at Boonsboro in a game that lasted only five innings because of the 10-run rule.

The event is called the Boonsboro Easter Tournament, but the day clearly belonged to Westminster. About the only thing that didn't stand out with the No. 5 Owls (4-0) was their defense, only because their pitchers were so dominant.

Senior Chris Cash got it started in the win over North Hagerstown when he struck out 13 in five innings of work. In the second game at Boonsboro, senior Denny Bowers got himself out of a first-inning, bases-loaded jam when he struck out three straight. He went on to retire the next six batters he faced before giving way to Chris Mathais in the fourth.

The Westminster bats were working throughout, particularly in the second inning of both games. In the morning opener, the Owls broke a 1-1 tie with five in the second to roll past North Hagerstown. Sophomore Matt Bowers, who pitched two hitless innings in relief of Cash, went 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. Denny Bowers and junior catcher Brian Tozer each had doubles in the win.

Against Boonsboro, the Owls batted around with a seven-run second inning. Outfielder Tony Steigerwald had a run-scoring double that rolled to the fence in center his first time up and added an infield single to deep short that scored another run in the inning.

Senior shortstop Steve Hahn added a three-run homer over the fence in right-center in the third. He also doubled and scored twice.

"Yeah, we did pretty well here today," said Westminster co-coach Carl Rihard.

Rihard and fellow co-coach Guy Stull were particularly pleased with the effort from Cash, who ran into some problems in his first outing, in the Owls' season-opening win against Centennial. Yesterday, Cash was simply overpowering against North Hagerstown. The Owls are off to the same kind of start they enjoyed last season when they won their first 10 and went on to reach the state final.

"I had a pretty good day," Cash said. "I had the good fastball -- nobody really touched that -- and I also mixed in a change-up. We're coming together, you can see it coming. This team is a lot closer than last year's team was, and that's going to help us in the long run."

The day also enabled Denny Bowers to get some work in, and provided a chance to see Matt Bowers and Mathais on the mound. The Owls' No. 1 starter, Mike Peters, played center field. He had three hits and scored two runs in the win against Boonsboro.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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