It was almost as if the South Hagerstown bats caught malaria in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday.
The hitting fever spread that rapidly.
The Rebels began the inning with five straight hits and tacked on three more before it ended, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring eight times on their way to an 11-1 five-inning Monocacy Valley Athletic League baseball win over No. 10 Boonsboro (4-3, 4-3).
"We were seeing the ball well and everyone contributed. Whenever everybody on this team contributes, we win," said Mike Campbell, who went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, two RBI and three runs scored to pace South (5-3, 5-3). "They beat us by one run last time (8-7 on March 24), so everyone was fired up to play."
Rebels starting pitcher Ben Mertz kept the fire going, hurling a complete-game two-hitter to improve to 3-0. He struck out four, walked two and allowed no earned runs.