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Hubs take heart with late rallies to stop Linganore

March 27, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Just when it was given up for dead, the North Hagerstown baseball team's heart started beating.

The Hubs erased a 4-0 deficit by scoring all of their runs in the last two innings Friday, highlighted by T.J. Hose's game-winning two-run double in the seventh, to pull out a 5-4 victory over Linganore.

"It showed a lot of heart that we hung in there and came back to win it at the end," North Hagerstown coach Shawn Reynolds said. "We need to play together as a team for the entire seven innings instead of just the last two innings."

North (1-1) started its comeback by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Hose and Matt Murray each hit a bases-loaded single.

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It all led to the drama of the seventh inning.

Brent Toms and Colby Thompson reached base on one-out errors. Then, with the Hubs down to their last out, Trevor Hullinger ripped an RBI single to set up Hose's game-winning hit to left-center field.

"We had the right guy up at the right time," Reynolds said. "T.J. Hose got hold of a fastball and put it into the gap. We were lucky that we had those two runners on. He has had some big hits for us over the years. He has been around and he has played a lot of ball. It is a heck of a good way to win a ball game."

Hose, who has signed to play at East Carolina next year, was just glad to help.

"I feel pretty good about my game-winning hit," Hose said. "It can start the guys off on the right track. We should be in the game from the start. We can't wait until we are down to our last 3-6 outs and try to win the ball game. Our comeback shows a lot of classy character on our team. It shows that anybody on the team can step up at any given time."

Linganore (0-3) scored two runs in the third on an RBI double to left by Robert Konecni and a sacrifice fly by Ben Gust.

The Lancers added a run in the fourth when Justin Powell scored on a throwing error.

Linganore got its final run in the sixth on an RBI single to left by Jay Greene.

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