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Seven is lucky for Rebels

April 09, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - After already having two games suspended and losing one game to Catoctin that was shortened because of darkness, the South Hagerstown Rebels were glad to play a full seven-inning baseball game for a change on Monday.

But just in case, the Rebels made sure the game was not in doubt in the late innings by grabbing an early 8-2 lead on their way to a 9-4 win over Williamsport in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League baseball game.

"With the weird start that we have had, it is very nice to play a real seven-inning baseball game," South Hagerstown coach Greg Eversole said. "We started showing up with our game legs on Friday at Catoctin. It continued into today's game."

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Tommy Jesson, the Rebels' cleanup hitter, blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, while Daniel Lynn and Mike Vaverchak hit solo homers in the second and third for the Rebels (2-2, 1-1).

"We just came out explosive," Jesson said. "We just hit the ball right off the bat. He just got a pitch up and I saw it real nice. We just want to keep playing well."

Jesson had two hits and three RBI.

"We are responding well to the things that we have been working on in practice," Eversole added. "I'm pleased with the team effort. I'm very satisfied with the way that the bats are coming around."

Lynn and David Miner had three hits each for the Rebels. Miner got the win in relief by striking out seven batters in 3 2/3 innings.

Mike Griffee led the Wildcats with three hits.

"It is hard to play our style of baseball of bunting and stealing when you have Aaron Showe behind the plate and when you are down by five runs early," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said.

South 9, Williamsport 4


S. Hagerstown 321 201 0- 914 3

Williamsport 011 002 0 - 4 7 3

Ryan, Miner (4) and Showe. Mastiano, Mills (4), Bowers (7) and Small. WP - Miner (1-1). LP - Mastiano (2-1). HR - SH: Jesson (1st, one on), Lynn (2nd, none on), Vaverchak (3rd, none on).

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