North's Hose makes hits, pitches in city series debut

May 03, 2001

North's Hose makes hits, pitches in city series debut


North 7, South 5



Bellon, Hose (7) and Long. Keller and Decker, Peterson (4), Decker (7). WP-Bellon (3-2). LP-Keller (1-4). S-Hose (1).

His name isn't even on the back of his uniform yet.

Didn't matter Wednesday night in the first game of the city series at Municipal Stadium - the South Hagerstown Rebels got to know North Hagerstown freshman T.J. Hose awfully well by the end of the night.


Hose had three RBI, including a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning, and then slammed the door on the Rebels' desperate comeback with his first varsity save as the Hubs survived for a 7-5 win before almost 250 fans.


"Yeah, putting him there in the North-South game is strange," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "But he doesn't play like a freshman."

Hose saved the day for the Hubs (9-7, 7-7 MVAL), who watched a 7-0 lead vanish into the dusk when starting pitcher Matt Bellon tired late.

Bellon cruised through the first five innings, his shutout spoiled on Rocky DiCola's 390-foot double off the left-center field wall. Bellon continually got ahead of the Rebels in the count, then polished them off.

"I just tried to keep throwing," said Bellon, who was a last-minute insert into the lineup after missing most of practice on Tuesday. "I got a few strikeouts and tried to stay tough."

The Hubs, meanwhile, got ahead while being behind. The pounded South pitcher Nick Keller for six straight hits in the fourth inning to drive in five runs - all of them while Keller was either even or ahead in the count.

"Nick tried to muscle it up there," South coach Greg Eversole said. "He tries to throw harder, we want him to throw smarter."

Which Keller did the rest of the way to keep South (7-10, 6-9) in line for a comeback. The Rebels got three in the sixth, the last two on a two-base error in the outfield.

Danny Fowler's RBI double in the seventh made it 7-5 and ended Bellon's day. Reynolds then went to Hose, who got a grounder from Aaron Showe, but the throw was wide of first.

Showe stole second to put the tying run in scoring position, but Hose rebounded by striking out Tommy Jesson on a 3-2 fastball and Adam Cote on a high curveball to end the game.

"I was afraid I was going to blow it," Hose said. "I was nervous, I was up in the count and then it went to two-and-two (to Cote). Yeah, I was nervous."

And for most freshmen, that's normal. Hose just proved Wednesday that he wasn't your normal freshman.

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