Hubs leave Rebels in Diamond dust

May 06, 2006|By TIM KOELBLE

North Hagerstown's baseball team has responded to a heart-to-heart session Monday afternoon following a loss to Clear Spring that extended a losing streak to five games.

Coach Shawn Reynolds did all the talking and those playing between the lines came back with a win over Catoctin on Wednesday and then closed out the regular season with a convincing 12-1 victory over South Hagerstown at Municipal Stadium, taking home the Diamond Classic trophy for the third straight year.

"We had a little talk after (Monday's) game," said Reynolds, with a smile about the session which was far from a friendly conversation over coffee. "We kind of hit Ground Zero, but the kids have responded very well."

North (10-9, 7-7) took the MVAL Antietam contest in 4 innings by combining Kent Worthington's four-hit, six-strikeout, no-walk performance with a 10-hit attack and a few other methods of reaching base.


"I felt real loose out there," said Worthington (4-2), working for the first time in six days. "My fastball was working well the first three innings and then I went more to the curveball."

The first five batters in North's lineup reached base in the first against South's Brock Jamison. That quintet became a constant thorn in the Rebels' side.

Freddie Kreiger set the table with a leadoff single to right, and Marcellus Sumlin drew the first of his three walks before scoring on Justin Weaver's ringing double to the wall in left-center.

Jamison, after a visit from coach Ralph Stottlemyer, settled down and left the bases loaded. However, he was not so fortunate in the second inning.

After South (4-13, 4-10) scored a run in the second on a double by Zeke Ricketts and single by Brad Logsdon, North torched the Rebels for seven runs, using four hits, two walks, three errors and a hit batsman.

Mark Dattilio's two-run single raised North's advantage to 6-1. He later scored on a single by Chris Palmer.

"(Jamison) said he didn't have control of his fastball," said Stottlemyer. "He went to the offspeed pitches and got out of the first inning, but North made the adjustments. North puts the ball in play and sometimes, when you make errors, it gets into the head of your pitcher."

North's potent top five made only four outs in 18 plate appearances.

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