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Hubs roll over county rival Rebels

May 04, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs continued their winning ways Friday, beating South Hagerstown 16-8 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game at South.

The win was the ninth in 11 games for North (10-7, 10-7 MVAL).

Matt Murray had four hits and two RBI to lead a 19-hit attack for the Hubs, who swept the season series with the Rebels.

"We have been hitting the ball well during the last couple of weeks," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "We have been putting the ball in play and making things happen. We have come a long way as a team during the last couple of weeks."

Murray also pitched three innings of relief and got the win.

"It felt good," Murray said. "This is the first time that we have swept South in about 10 years. We have just been playing real good as a team. Our coaches have been helping us with hitting practice and it has paid off a lot."

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North snapped a 6-6 tie with six runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for good.

Trevor Hullinger singled to right and T.J. Hose doubled to center to start the outburst. Murray snapped the tie with a two-run single to center.

Matt Ridenour got a one-out RBI single to center and stole second. An out later, Matt Tedrick - who walked - and Ridenour scored when Kyle Robinson reached on an error. Orland Dean then knocked in Robinson with a triple to center.

After the Rebels got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Hubs answered with four runs in the seventh on a two-run single to right by Tedrick and a two-run double to center by catcher Jeff Decker.

Dean hit a two-run homer in the top of the second for the Hubs.

Rob Peterson, David Miner and Josh Bussard homered for the Rebels (9-8). Miner and Jeremy McAfee each had three hits.

"North came to play," South Hagerstown coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "They hit the ball well. They have got a fine ballclub. They deserve to win. If you score eight runs and lose, you deserve to lose. We had no pitching and no defense. Good hitting takes away the pitching."

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