Eight-run second lifts Rebels over Hubs

April 17, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown coach Shawn Reynolds wondered which version of the South Hagerstown baseball team would show up for Friday's city rivalry game at South.

He didn't have to wait long to get an answer.

The Rebels sent 13 hitters to the plate and scored eight runs in the second inning as South pounded the Hubs 13-1 to take over first place in the MVAL Antietam.

"I told our guys South is a good team." Reynolds said. "I think we had a little focus problem today and once things started to go bad for us ..."

South (5-4, 4-1) holds a half-game lead over North (5-4, 3-1) in the conference.

"We started out slow, but now I think we have caught up," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said.

North starter T.J. Hose lasted just 1 2/3 innings before being lifted in favor of Brian Barnhart as the free-swinging Rebels pounded out 10 hits, including two skyrocketing home runs by David Miner.


Miner's first shot to center gave South a 1-0 lead in the first inning. His second was a frozen rope to left-center in the fourth inning.

"David just crushed those two balls," Stottlemyer said. "We are still experimenting with our hitting order, but I know these boys pretty well and I think they are getting comfortable."

The Hubs ran into trouble in the second innning. Back-to-back singles by Josh Bussard and Jeremy McAfee started South on its way and Hose's struggles began when he walked the next three batters.

By the time Reynolds brought in Barnhart, the Rebels had the bases loaded, a 7-0 lead and Bussard at the plate again.

Miner and Bussard both went 3-for-3 and Pat Hutzler had two hits for the Rebels.

"To think that the inning started out with an error and then went from there," Reynolds said. "We just couldn't get right."

Hose accounted for North's only run in the fourth on a triple to center that bounced off the fence. As Hose raced to third, the relay throw went wide and ended up in the North dugout, allowing Hose to score.

But by that time, South already held a 10-0 lead.

"So many times in high school baseball its a matter of putting the ball in play," Stottlemyer said. "Today, I'd say we did that fairly well."

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