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Hubs sock Rebels

April 16, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

Shawn Reynolds is hoping that his North Hagerstown baseball team finally developed a killer instinct.

But it'll be tough to convince South Hagerstown coach Ralph Stottlemyer that his club didn't throw the game away.

A four-run fourth inning propelled the Hubs to an 11-5 MVAL Antietam win over their cross-town rival before 472 fans Friday at Municipal Stadium.

"The name of the game is to hit the ball, and make the other team field it," said Stottlemyer. "We didn't field it very well tonight."

Meanwhile, Reynolds was concerned about the Hubs' killer instinct after watching a 7-0 advantage get trimmed to 7-5. But North (8-2, 6-1) rallied for four runs in the sixth to put the game away.

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"Any time you can get a lead you have to be able to put it away," said Reynolds. "We coasted too much. We didn't have that killer instinct."

Brent Toms gave the Hubs a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single to score B. J. Soto, who reached on an error.

Chris Grove's triple in the second highlighted a three-run North rally, with Soto's double plating the third run.

A Matt Murray single in the third made it 5-0, before two errors and a Toms single pushed the lead to 7-0.

Kent Worthington got the win for the Hubs, pitching 5 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.

"(Worthington) pitched well into the fifth inning," said Reynolds. "He really didn't start to struggle until the sixth. I knew coming into the season that we'd be a good-hitting ball club. We just need to get good pitching."

Pat Hutzler tripled to open the Rebels' fifth and scored on North's only error of the game, coming on a pick-off attempt.

Brad Logsdon led off the sixth for South (2-5, 2-5) with a walk, moved to second on Beard's single and scored on Zachery Bucher's double. Consecutive sacrifice flies from Jake Johnson and Hutzler made it 7-4, before Justin Stottlemyer drove in the final run of the inning with a single.

North retaliated in the bottom half of the sixth. Justin Weaver reached on an error on a close play at first to open the inning, moved to second on a walk to Toms and scored on Brian Barnhart's single. Hubs reliever Jacey McElroy was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Murray was also hit to force in a run.

Barnhart scored on Fred Kreiger's single, and Danny Olsen, who was running for McElroy, followed on a close play at the plate to complete the scoring.

"That inning killed us," said Stottlemyer. "There were some close calls (in the sixth inning). They were tough calls to make, but you gotta make them."

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