Sumlin's change of colors helps Hubs

April 20, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Marcellus Sumlin's change of uniform colors from green to red gave the South Hagerstown baseball team the blues Wednesday night.

The North Hagerstown southpaw settled down after a shaky start against his former teammates and sparked the Hubs to an 11-5 MVAL Antietam win again their crosstown rivals.

"I felt more confident as the game went on, playing against my old school," said Sumlin (1-2). "I was able to settle down, and I knew our defense would back me up."

Mark Dattilio's second home run of the season - a three-run shot to left - broke the game open for North (7-4, 4-2) in the seventh. Until then, South's pitchers managed to dodge bullet after bullet.


Despite issuing nine walks and hitting two batters, the Rebels (2-8, 2-7) trailed by just three runs entering the seventh inning, as North left the bases loaded in three of the first four innings.

"We just couldn't get the big hit early," said North coach Shawn Reynolds. "We left 10 runners in the first four innings. Finally, we got a big hit late in the game, and that opened it up a little bit."

A critical play at the plate in the bottom of the third thwarted a Rebels rally and changed the complexion of the game.

With the score tied 3-3 in the third, Brad Logsdon's single to right center scored Zach Bucher. But Zeke Ricketts, following Bucher, was called out at the plate for lowering his shoulder into North catcher Tommy Evans.

Had Ricketts slid in safely at the plate, South would have had a 5-3 lead with one out and a runner at second. Instead, Sumlin managed to retire Derrick Hendershot to end the inning.

Ricketts was ejected from the game for the incident and is forced to sit out South's next game on Friday.

"(Ricketts) said he was trying to dive around (Evans), but (Evans) moved in front of him," said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer. "That was a big play, but losing him was even bigger."

North regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth on a Justin Weaver double, walks to Kent Worthington and Dattilio, and a two-run Chris Palmer single.

Two more Hubs scored in the fifth on two walks, two stolen bases and an RBI groundout.

Bucher plated South's first two runs with his third home run of the season in the first inning.

South starter Brock Jamison (1-2) gave up five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work and handed out five walks while fanning four.

Cadyn Robinson pitched the final two innings to pick up the save.

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