Huge rally by Boonsboro sends Key to 13-9 defeat

11 runs in final 3 innings bring 7th straight loss


High schools

April 14, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The grimace on the face of Francis Scott Key baseball coach Jamie Hitchner said it all.

Despite allowing nine runs in the first three innings, Boonsboro scored 11 times over the final three to complete a stunning, 13-9 come-from-behind win against the host Eagles in Union Bridge yesterday.

The game, which ran more than 2 1/2 hours, featured a combined 23 hits and 10 errors, but the Warriors proved to have enough gas in their tank to outlast Francis Scott Key.

"This is a hard one to reflect on," said a weary Hitchner, who spoke to his team for about 15 minutes on the right-field grass after the game. "It's a tough one to swallow."

With the victory, Boonsboro, the two-time defending Monocacy Valley Athletic League champion, improved to 2-6 overall and in the league. Meanwhile, the Eagles (1-7 overall and in the league) dropped their seventh straight game after opening the season with a win against Smithsburg on March 24.

Trailing 9-6 heading into the final inning, the Warriors got a leadoff single from junior designated hitter Andy Kaetzel (4-for-4, two RBIs). After Francis Scott Key senior reliever Kyle Petry struck out senior first baseman Josh Lashley, junior right fielder Chris Wright banged a double off the fence in right field.

Petry then induced sophomore center fielder Cody Hanes into grounding to first base, but the ball skipped off the right arm of senior Jason Cashen and allowed Kaetzel and Wright to score to cut the Eagles' lead to one.

After junior shortstop Justin Malott flied out, Petry muffed a throw from senior second baseman Justin Bullock at first that would have ended the game. Instead, with men on first and third, Boonsboro junior second baseman John Quail slapped a double down the right-field line that plated the game-tying and game-winning runs.

"I was just trying to make contact," Quail said of his double. "I was trying to keep my head down and just trying to hit something."

The Warriors scored three more times before Lashley flied out to right for the final out of the inning.

Any thoughts of a Francis Scott Key rally were squashed by Boonsboro senior left-hander Preston Semler (nine strikeouts), who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

"We were very fortunate," said Warriors coach Fred Kreiger. "There aren't too many times you get behind 9-2 and you get to come back."

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