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Prep baseball: Tigers nip Warriors in conference rematch

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ERIE — The saying goes that baseball is a game of inches.

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Frederick had a reminder of that axiom Saturday in its game against Erie. The Tigers used a two-run double from Kyle Blunt in the fifth inning to nip the Warriors 2-0.

“We did everything we wanted to right,” FHS coach Ted Clapp said. “It just happened that when we got kids to the plate, we hit the ball hard and line drives. We smoked things. They just went right to somebody. You can’t take anything away from their pitcher. They executed everything defensive. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t take anything away from our kids. They hit the ball hard. But when they did hit the ball hard, we just happened to not find a gap on any of them.”

Erie turned a double play to finish up the Warriors’ fifth inning. Eric Worley and Lane Hiser hit line drives to end the Frederick third inning. Tristin Montano had a double in the fifth inning, but Frederick’s couldn’t bring him around.

Erie’s Kyle Leahy threw a three-hitter for the Tigers and struck out nine. One of those hits was a double off the bat of Mitch Held.

“Erie is a good team,” he said. “They put the bat on the ball. They ran the bases. They beat us. We executed some plays. We limited our errors.  Our pitchers threw well. It just got away from us.”

Michael Broz did his best to match Leahy pitch for pitch through 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five. 

“We’ve done a good job of keeping themselves in striking distance, no matter what happens.” Clapp said. “Good or bad, they’ve kept their heads. Today was a great game. It was fun. Our kids did everything we asked of them.”

Held said a close game such as this would help the Warriors down the stretch.

“It’s the peak of our season,” he said. “We’re going to get going. We’re limiting strikeouts at the plate. We’re putting the ball in play. It’s better team chemistry. We’ve been playing together, learning to play together, having faith in one another. We’re working as a team.”

“We’ll take games like this any day,” Clapp said. “It’s not a win in the books. But we’re going to take a lot out of that game. It’s going to improve us. If we can continue to play like this, we’ll be in the middle of everything. If we can get into that tournament, we’re going to give it a shot.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.