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Wildcats' 'O' goes 'extra' mile

April 27, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Most baseball teams would be ecstatic to get six extra base hits in a game.

Williamsport turned the trick in just one inning Wednesday, using a seven-run sixth to topple North Hagerstown 9-5 in an MVAL Antietam game.

The Wildcats collected four doubles, two triples and a pair of infield singles off Hubs starter Marcellus Sumlin (1-3) to rally from a 4-2 deficit.

"We've been waiting for that," said Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers. "They kept their heads in it and they got it. We were hitting the ball well tonight, but in the sixth they just started dropping."

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Jason Sutherland knocked in two runs with a double, while Phil Jordan, Aerik Taylor, Ryan Heavener, Derek Hadley and Tyler Beard each drove in a run in the sixth for Williamsport (8-8, 6-4).

"They swung the bats well in that one inning," said North coach Shawn Reynolds. "I knew (Sumlin) was close to his pitch count, but we're kind of banged up arm-wise. A couple kids we would use in that situation have sore arms."

The big inning made a winner of Heavener (2-2), the Wildcats' starter, who overcame first-inning control problems.

The right-hander walked Sumlin and Mark Dattilio to start the game before Kent Worthington's double gave the Hubs a 2-0 lead.

Doubles from Jordan and Sutherland made it 2-1 in the second and Taylor's third home run of the season tied it at 2-2 in the fourth.

North (8-7, 5-5) broke the tie in the fifth on a Dattilio double, a walk to Worthington and RBI singles from Chris Palmer and Tommy Evans.

The Hubs pushed across a run in the seventh on a Worthington single and an RBI double by Palmer, but Justin Bussard came on to close it out for Williamsport.

Taylor's three hits and two RBI sparked the Wildcats, while Sutherland drove in three with two hits.

Worthington went 3-for-3 for North with two RBI and Palmer had two hits and two RBI.

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