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Rebels don't waste opportunity to play

March 27, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The South Hagerstown baseball team finally had the opportunity to see some action Wednesday.

After having their first two games of the season postponed, the Rebels hosted Catoctin (1-2) and rallied for an 8-5 victory.

South pounded out 10 hits against two Catoctin pitchers and used a five-run first inning and some clutch hitting later in the contest to overcome an early 2-0 deficit.

"We had a few jitters but we overcame the poor start and did a nice job. I'm very satisfied," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We were swinging the bats good and I think that will continue this season."

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The veteran coach also feels good about the pitching staff.

"We have a strong four-man pitching rotation so I'm optimistic," Stottlemyer said. "And three of those guys play other starting positions when not on the mound."

Senior Tim Hamilton drew the starting assignment Wednesday afternoon and pitched into the fifth inning before Brandon Knight came on in the fifth and shut down the Cougars (1-2) the rest of the way.

After spotting Catoctin a 2-0 advantage, South went to work against Dan Miller and put up five runs to complete an opening inning which lasted 40 minutes.

Tyler Presgraves started the Rebels on the comeback trail with a sharp single to left field and then Miller walked Hamilton on a 3-1 pitch and hit Tim Leather to load the bases.

Adrian Adams drilled an RBI single to center field, Tim Jacobson legged out an infield hit to the right side of the diamond and - with the bases still loaded - Knight walked to force in the go-ahead run.

Things went from bad to worse for the Catoctin pitcher as a sacrifice fly and an error allowed the Rebels to put two more runs up on the scoreboard as 10 batters came to the plate.

The contest was even after that but the damage had been done and South came away with an opening-day win.

Leather, Presgraves, Adams and Todd and Tim Jacobson collected two hits apiece to direct South's offensive attack.

Leather had a double and triple and scored three runs.

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