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Rebels play long ball to beat back Blazers

May 18, 1999

South over Clear SpringBY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




CLEAR SPRING - Move over Harmon Killebrew and the other '60s stars of the old TV show "Home Run Derby.''

Make room for the 1999 South High Rebels baseball team.

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South socked seven home runs, three in the first inning, as the Rebels came away with a six-inning 13-0 win over the Clear Spring Blazers in a Class 1A West quarterfinal playoff game on Monday. Three Blazers pitchers were tagged for a total of 12 hits. Rebel southpaw Mike Squibb gave up a miserly two hits while allowing only four baserunners the entire game.

The remarkable display of solid pitching and stellar hitting was not a surprise to South coach Greg Eversole.

"We have that kind of potential with this team," Eversole said. "We had some great execution today at the plate."

And how.

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South hitters battered the ball early as P.J. Hiser's three-run shot to right field was followed by two solo blasts from John Schnebly and Matt Mauriello.

Mauriello hit another round-tripper to deep center in the third, while Danny Fowler added a pair of homers, one in the fifth and sixth innings.

"There isn't any defense to take care of the ones over the fence,'' Blazer coach Jim Hutson said. "We knew it would be a struggle to get back in it after that first inning."

And the Rebels left little doubt after their assault on Blazer pitching in that inning. Heth Troncatti opened with a walk off starter Barry Smoot.

Chris Henson reached on a fielder's choice as Troncatti was out at second.

But Frankie Linton smashed a double to the fence, moving Henson to third.

From there, Hiser cleared the bases, followed by Schnebly and Mauriello's homers as the Blazers plated five runs.

Hutson also called for his first pitching change, bringing in Jeff McCauley.

"They whooped us pretty good,'' Hutson said. "We've been on both sides, so we know how to take it. They proved they were the better team today."

"We weren't completely sure what we were going to do with our pitching for today,'' Eversole said of the late decision to go with Squibb. "Mike looked good in practice on Saturday, and he applied it today."

South plated four runs in the sixth to put the game away.

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