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South closer slams door early vs. North in 5-1 win

South closer slams door early vs. North in 5-1 win

May 09, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

South Hagerstown sophomore David Miner closed out crosstown North Hagerstown ... and he did it from the first inning.

The Rebels scored three runs for a 3-0 lead in the second inning, and Miner - making his first start after being used in the closer's role this season - shut down the Hubs for a 5-1 victory at Municipal Stadium Wednesday night to split the season series between the city rivals.

"The guys got me the runs, and I finished it up for them," Miner said. "That's all I need is a couple runs."

Josh Norris, the ninth hitter in South's lineup, hit a two-run single in the second to give the Rebels their three-run edge.

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Miner, who walked three batters in the first two innings, seemed to settle down once he had the lead. After T.J. Hose doubled, took third on a flyout and Matt Tedrick walked to put runners on the corners in the third, Miner retired seven in a row. He allowed just one hit through the first five innings.

"I was trying to overthrow at first, but then they got me the lead," Miner said.

North (8-12, 8-10 Monocacy Valley Athletic League) tried to break through in the sixth. Matt Johnson singled to lead off and, two outs later, Cole Bellon singled to right, where a fielding error allowed Johnson to race home to cut the lead to 3-1.

But after Kyle Robinson reached on an infield single, Miner got Travis Carbaugh to fly out to right to end the threat.

"Give Miner credit," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "He made the pitches he needed all night."

Aaron Showe's solo homer leading off the bottom of the inning gave South a 4-1 lead, and the Rebels manufactured one last insurance run on Tommy Jesson's single, a sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and sac fly.

Miner struck out the side in the seventh - giving him eight for the game - to end things and perhaps give the Rebels (7-11, 6-10) a boost heading into the playoffs.

"He's an incredible athlete," South coach Greg Eversole said. "This week was the first week I've had my entire ballclub together since the fifth week of the season."

South 5, North 1

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Bellon and Carbaugh. Miner and Showe. WP-Miner (2-2). LP-Bellon (0-2). HR-SH: Showe (6th, none on).

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