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Hubs experience both sides of 10-run rule

April 16, 2006|By CHRIS CARTER - Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown's baseball team had plenty of offense left for crosstown rival South Hagerstown on Saturday afternoon.

The Hubs' bats, which were virtually dormant in an earlier loss to Westminster, came alive against the Rebels to the tune of 12 hits, leading to a 15-5 victory in six innings and a split in the Chuck Zonis Easter Classic.

The Hubs dropped the opener to the Owls 20-1 in five innings.

"It's good to win by the 10-run rule after losing by it," said Hubs shortstop Justin Weaver.

Weaver put the Hubs ahead early against South, skying a Zach Bucher fastball over the fence to left-center for a two-run home run and a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

"It was a fastball down the middle. That's the pitch I'm going to sit on," Weaver said. "I knew it was gone. I know when I hit it like that, it's going out."

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James Hutzler scored on a Luke Lichtenberg single to get the South (1-7) on the board in second. The Hubs (6-3) got it back in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Fred Kreiger - one of three walks in the inning and 11 in the game that the Rebels gave up.

"No one pitcher had any consistency," said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer, who went through four pitchers. "That was the ballgame. We put them on base too much ... but they also hit the ball well."

The closest thing to consistent pitching for the Rebels was when Bucher retired the Hubs in order in the third on 11 pitches. Bucher did not take the hill in the fourth.

"We're going to want to use him later. We have three games later this week," Stottlemyer said. "We wanted to get some other guys some work, too."

Facing a new pitcher in the fourth, the Hubs broke the game open. Kyle Hoffman and Mark Dattilio opened the inning with back-to-back hits and Chris Palmer followed with a run-scoring single. A walk to Fred Kreiger loaded the bases and another free pass to Marcellus Sumlin scored a run to make it 5-1. Weaver singled to bring in another run and Cadyn Robinson was the seventh consecutive Hub to reach base with a three-run double. Robinson later scored to give the Hubs a 10-1 lead.

Kreiger was solid on the mound for the Hubs, allowing just three hits over four innings with five strikeouts. He gave way in the fifth to Robinson, who was one strike away from a perfect inning when he beaned Rebels cleanup hitter Zeke Ricketts. Josh Dowler came up next and blasted a two-run homer to close the deficit to 10-3.

"You put people on base, then you give extra outs," said North coach Shawn Reynolds. "We did that a couple of times early in the game and got away with it, but most times it's going to cost you."

Robinson surrendered another two-run home run in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-5, but got an inning-ending double play to prevent further damage.

The Hubs clinched the win in the bottom of the inning by taking advantage of everything South had to give. After a groundout, the next eight Hubs reached base on three walks, two hit batters and three singles, resultinh in five runs - the last an RBI single by Robinson that triggered the 10-run rule. Robinson and Weaver finished with four RBI apiece.

The Hubs were beneficiaries of walks against South, but were the ones doing the giving in the opener against Westminster. The first three North pitchers combined to give up 11 walks, combining with 16 Westminster hits to make for a long morning.

Sumlin started for the Hubs and allowed two runs in the first two innings, but was roughed up in the third. The junior southpaw walked two and gave up home runs to Jeff Pfarr, Steve Krider and Sean Blake. The Owls (9-1) batted around to score five to increase the lead to 7-1.

The fourth inning turned out to be much more grim for the Hubs. Westminster sent 15 hitters to the plate and scored 12 - capped by winning pitcher Chris Maienshein's three-run home run - to go up 19-1. North walked six and made three errors in the inning.

"The score is not indicative of the team North Hagerstown has," said Westminster coach Bryan Harman. "We've been in some tight ballgames up here and we wanted to get as many runs as possible."

Boonsboro was the fourth team involved in the Zonis Tournament and hosted South in the early game before taking on Westminster in the afternoon. The Warriors had only four hits, but took advantage of four Rebels errors to stake a 3-2 victory.

Jeremiah Mills had two hits, including a two-run single in the first inning. Curtis Wolfe went the distance and scattered five hits for the win.

Brock Jamison was saddled with the loss for South despite three unearned runs. He struck out nine in five innings. Tim Leather had two hits.

Against Westminster, Matt Byers led Boonsboro with two hits, including a double, but the Warriors (6-3, 4-1) fell, 4-0.

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