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Unbeaten Rebels rout St. James

April 01, 2007|By JACK HILL III

The South Hagerstown baseball team got its offense into high gear Saturday, beating St. James 13-3 in six innings.

"The boys hit the ball well today," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "They put the ball in play. They took advantage of the breaks that they were given. We ran the bases well. We put a lot of people on base and we produced a lot of runs."

Tim Hamilton and Tim Leather, the No. 2 and No. 3 hitters in the Rebels' batting order, each scored three runs and drove in one. Leather also had two hits, while Dustin Boward scored two runs and Tim Jacobson and Todd Jacobson each had two RBIs for the Rebels (3-0-1).

South starting pitcher Brandon Knight hurled three scoreless innings. Steve Grossman, who got the win, pitched the next two innings and Kenneth Feigley pitched the last inning for the Rebels.

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"Our plan was to use three pitchers to give them all a little bit of work," Stottlemyer said.

Brad Kretzer slugged a two-run homer, while Colin McWilliams added two hits for St. James (0-3).

The Rebels took advantage of the 10 walks that were issued by the Saints' pitchers.

"We're doing some things well," St. James coach Terry Brown said. "The only thing wrong is that our pitchers are walking too many batters. Once our pitchers cut down their walks, then we will be OK and we will win some games. I think that our bats will come around. We have got a lot of young players."

The Rebels took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Hamilton and Leather both scored when Zeke Ricketts reached on a two-base throwing error. Ricketts then stole third and scored on a throwing error.

Leather got the first of three walks and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Todd Jacobson in the third to push the Rebels' lead to 4-0.

St. James cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth on Kretzer's two-run homer to center.

But South answered with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to build a 10-2 lead. Boward had an RBI double, Hamilton had an RBI single, Leather added an RBI double and Tim Jacobson ripped a two-run triple. Jacobson scored the final run on a wild pitch.

After the Saints scored a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Twigg, the Rebels scored a pair runs in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of wild pitches.

The Rebels got their final run in the sixth when pinch-runner Patrick Mertz scored on an RBI triple by Todd Jacobson.

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