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Hubs do everything Eagles don't to take control for early victory

March 27, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown baseball team scored five runs in the second inning to take control Monday and come away with a 7-3 win over Hedgesville.

North (2-0) jumped out to a 5-0 lead as Cody Nelling and Cadyn Robinson each singled to start the rally. The Hubs tried to manufacure a run when Steve Younker laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, but Tyler Hornbecker was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Carl Spessard walked to score Nelling.

Mike Twigg, North's leadoff hitter, cleared the bases with a double to right and took third on the throw to home plate. After Tommy Evans was hit by a pitch, Marcellus Sumlin reached on a throwing error, scoring Twigg for the 5-0 lead.

"I thought we played well," North Hagerstown coach Shawn Reynolds said. "We got a big hit with the bases loaded in the second inning and scored a few runs. We stayed patient at the plate in that inning and got some pitches that we can handle. They made an error and we took advantage of it."

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North starting pitcher Chase Worthington gave up two unearned runs and only two hits in five innings to get the win. Colby Fisher closed the game, allowing an earned run in the final two innings.

"The big inning gave Worthington some breathing room," Reynolds said. "Worthington threw the ball well for his first career start. He was able to throw strikes and get the people out."

Robinson had two hits for North.

Jesse Simmons led Hedgesville (0-2) with two hits.

"We didn't hit it and we didn't field it," Hedgesville coach Ben Merica said. "We had trouble throwing strikes. I thought their pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes and being around the plate. They got some key hits. Both teams had some defensive inadequacies. But championships are not won in March. We are trying to get better, so we can look good at the end of the season."

Hedgesville reduced the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the third on Matt Stewart's RBI single. He later scored on a throwing error.

The Hubs scored two runs in the sixth to raise their lead to 7-2. With two outs, Tommy Evans reached base on a dropped third strike. After Sumlin singled to center, Mark Dattilio followed with another single to center to score Evans. Sumlin also scored on the play on a throwing error.

The Eagles got their final run in the seventh on an RBI single by Jesse Simmons.

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