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Hiser hit parade rockets Rebels to win

April 16, 1999|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown High's P.J. Hiser hit early, often and hard Friday.

The Rebels hitting star went 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and scored four runs in South's 16-6 victory over Williamsport. The game was shortened by the 10-run rule.

Hiser started the scoring in the bottom of the first with two outs and Frankie Linton on. With a 3-1 count, Hiser clubbed a long, high blast that needed no help from the gusting wind.

"Hiser jacked that missile out of here," said Wildcats coach Rod Steiner. "I'd like to know how many people were on that flight."

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After Williamsport (5-5, 3-5 MVAL) got one run back in the second, South (5-3, 4-2 MVAL) sent 11 batters to the plate in its half, scoring seven runs.

The Rebels successfully executed the hit-and-run twice, stole four bases, hit a sacrifice fly and had five different hitters drive in runs in the inning. South finished the game with 15 hits.

"We have been working on offense very hard," South coach Greg Eversole said. "Matt Jenkins (2-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored) really came alive today. We've been working on some things off the tee with him, and I think he's become a believer."

The Wildcats threatened to make a game of it in the fourth, closing the gap to 9-5 with a four-run outburst. Les Martin hit a bases-loaded double high off the fence in right center to drive in two runs. Matt Bowman followed with a single to right to plate two more, before a 6-4-3 double play got South back on track.

With the Rebels up 10-5 in the fifth, John Schnebly walked Gary Naile and surrendered a double to Tim Ellis, bringing Eversole to the mound. Eversole brought in Troy Butts, who slammed the door on the Wildcats, striking out the final two hitters to end the threat.

"The Butts boy came in and struck out our two big hitters," said Steiner. "They were the ones we wanted up in that situation."

"Troy came through with those two strikeouts against Martin and Bowman," Eversole said. "That was the key. Troy came in and threw quality pitches."

The South offense, buoyed by Butts, scored big again in the fifth with a two-out rally. With three runs already in, Eversole made two moves at the plate that paid big dividends.

Eversole sent Jake Ward to pinch hit, and Ward sent a hot shot to third. Matt Porac couldn't handle it, bringing in one run. Then Bo Repp stepped to the plate and drilled a long double into the sun in left. Tim Ellis couldn't make a play on it, and two runners crossed the plate to end the game.

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