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Rebels go wild on wild Leopards

April 05, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - All nine batters in the South Hagerstown Rebels' lineup reached base safely to start the game.

It more than set the stage for an eight-run first inning to vault the Rebels to a 9-5 victory over Smithsburg on Wednesday in an MVAL Antietam baseball game.

"We took advantage of the break they gave us early," said South Hagerstown coach Ralph Stottlemyer. "Their pitchers were wild. Our players hit the ball well and we got runners on base. We hit the ball with men in scoring position. We put the ball in play. We came out aggressive and we did not let up."

Tim Hamilton had three hits, while Zeke Ricketts drove in two runs and scored two others for South (4-0, 2-0). Tim Leather added two hits and Tim Jacobson got two RBI.

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South starting pitcher Brock Jamison went 4 1/3 innings for the win. Reliever Spencer Cromer struck out three batters in his 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Leopards relief pitcher Kevin Kocsis came on to finish the first after Smithsburg's first two pitchers failed to retire a batter and allowed only two runs in seven innings. Josh Conway had two hits and two RBI, while Josh Bodine had two hits for Smithsburg (0-4, 0-3).

South opened the game with leadoff batter Dustin Boward drawing a walk. Hamilton singled to center and Leather walked to load the bases to set up a two-run single by Ricketts.

After Derrick Hendershot walked to reload the bases, the next three Rebels drove in runs without swinging the bat as Jacobson walked, Brandon Knight was hit by a pitch and Todd Jacobson walked.

James Hutzler later brought home two runs when he reached on a two-base error and Hamilton singled to left to knock in Hutzler and give the Rebels the 8-0 lead.

The Rebels added a run in the second when Ricketts walked, took second on a groundout and scored on a single to center by Jacobson.

Smithsburg scored three runs in the third on an RBI infield single by Frank Regan and a two-run single by Conway.

The Leopards got their final two runs in the fifth on a fielding error and an RBI single by Bodine.

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