Williamsport's 7-run 2nd ousts Havre de Grace, 14-4

Class 1A state baseball semifinals

High Schools

May 26, 2004|By Matt Papuchis | Matt Papuchis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FREDERICK - Havre de Grace's run in the Class 1A state baseball playoffs came to an abrupt end last night as Tyler Beard's pinch-hit triple in the bottom of the sixth inning scored three runs, giving Williamsport a 14-4 victory at McCurdy Field.

Sophomore Aerik Taylor (eight strikeouts) got the win for the Wildcats (21-3) - a team that lost three games this year by one run. They face the winner of last night's late game between Cambridge-SD and Catoctin, at noon Saturday for the state title at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Cody Holliday, who threw more than 120 pitches in Havre de Grace's 7-6 win over Sparrows Point on Friday, was credited with the loss, surrendering nine hits in five innings of work.

The Warriors' one big inning at the plate came in the second. With two outs, a hit batsman followed by a throwing error loaded the bases for catcher David Strong, who tripled to right field, driving in three to tie the game, 3-3.

But things unraveled for Havre de Grace (13-9) in the home half of the second, when the Wildcats scored seven runs off six hits, including a two-run triple by Josh Bowers.

Despite the loss, Havre de Grace coach Douglas Heeter is proud of his team.

"To have the season we had - winning the first region title since '98 - that's something we can hold our heads high about."

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