Hubs rally to beat Francis Scott Key

May 16, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Tommy Evans stroked an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead North Hagerstown to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Francis Scott Key in a Maryland Class 2A West baseball quarterfinal Monday.

Evans' game-winner capped North's rally from a 6-2 deficit in the final two innings.

With one out in the seventh, Chris Palmer and Danny Olson walked to set up Evans' heroics. Evans delivered with a line drive to right.

"Tommy Evans has struggled a little bit at the plate," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "But he came through with a big hit for us in the last inning. He hit the ball in the right spot."

The Hubs (12-9), the No. 3 seed in the region, will travel to No. 2 seed South Carroll for a semifinal matchup Wednesday at 4:30. The Cavaliers edged Century 11-10 on Monday.


Down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Hubs finally got something going. Mark Dattilio opened the inning with an infield single. Palmer drew a walk and Olson advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt before Evans walked to load the bases.

Adam Tosten singled in Dattilio and Fred Kreiger knocked in Palmer with a base hit to cut the Eagles' lead in half. Evans also tried to score on the play but was gunned down at the plate.

Marcellus Sumlin followed with a double to left to tie the score.

"It's a big win for us," Reynolds said. "We survived. That's what the playoffs are all about: surviving. We were down by four runs, but we didn't give up. We showed a lot of guts and determination. We could have easily folded up our tents. But we showed a lot of toughness and battled. We stayed in the ballgame."

Kreiger, Dattilio and Tosten each had two hits for the Hubs. Justin Weaver got the win in relief.

North grabbed an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the first. With two outs, Weaver slugged a solo homer to center. Kent Worthington beat out an infield single to the shortstop. After taking second on a passed ball, Worthington's courtesy runner, Nathan Harden, scored when Dattilio reached on a fielding error.

The Eagles (11-11) tied it with two runs in the fourth when Logan Hersh was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Matt Ward hit an RBI grounder.

The Eagles got four runs in the top of the sixth for a 6-2 lead. Justin Franklin had an RBI single, Matt Hyson hit a sacrifice fly to center and Jimmy Gilford added a two-run triple to right.

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