Rebels strike back in 7th

April 19, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown was one strike away from losing to North Hagerstown three different times in the top of the seventh inning.

But the Rebels escaped from the jaws of defeat by putting together a two-out, three-run rally to beat the Hubs 3-2 in an MVAL Antietam baseball game.

The Rebels (7-1, 5-0) extended their winning streak to three games, while the Hubs (5-4, 3-3) lost their third straight.

North southpaw Marcellus Sumlin threw 93 pitches during the first six innings as he had a two-hit shutout going. He got the first two batters out in the the seventh, before seemingly running out of gas.

With two outs and a full count, James Hutzler got the Rebels' game-winning rally started by reaching on an infield error. Hutzler stole second and scored when Tim Jacobson hit a 2-2 pitch for a single. Jacobson took second on the same play on a throwing error to home plate. Dustin Boward followed by hitting a 1-2 pitch for an infield single to move Jacobson to third.


Tim Hamilton then hit Sumlin's first pitch into the gap in left-center field for a two-run double to put the Rebels on top for good at 3-2.

Sumlin was then taken out of the game as his pitch count reached 120 and Kyle Hoffman came on in relief for the Hubs. Hoffman gave up a walk before getting a strikeout to end the rally.

Sumlin fanned nine in his 6 2/3 innings.

"They threw their best pitcher at us and he held us down," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We finally got to him in the seventh inning. That was big-time hitting. Tim Hamilton was due. He came through with that double and that put us right back in the ballgame."

South pitcher Kenneth Feigley did not walk a batter and allowed just one earned run as he struck out seven batters in seven innings. Feigley retired the Hubs in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the complete-game win.

"I was just working on the corners," Feigley said. "I was relying on my changeup and my curveball. I think that it was my best performance of the year. I knew what pitch to throw in certain situations."

The Hubs got on the scoreboard first with a run in the first, as Mike Twigg tripled to center and scored when Sumlin reached on an infield error.

The Hubs got their other run in the third on an RBI double to center by Sumlin.

"Both pitchers threw a heck of a ballgame," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "No one deserved to lose the ballgame. We just can't get a big hit right now."

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