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Knight time the right time for Rebels as South routs North

April 15, 2008|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Brandon Knight didn't seem the least bit concerned that he gave up his first earned run of the season.

And why should he?

The South Hagerstown southpaw turned in a masterful, four-hit, 13-strikeout performance in the Rebels' 8-1 victory over cross-town rival North Hagerstown in the fifth annual Diamond Classic at Municipal Stadium on Monday night, keeping No. 3 South undefeated in seven games this season, including three in the MVAL Piedmont.

"He threw a couple pitches that he'd like to have back," said Rebels coach Ralph Stottlemyer, "but other than that, everything was working well for him, and he got sharper as the night went on."

South recorded a pair of unearned runs off Hubs starter Kyle Hoffman in the first inning on a Colby Fisher throwing error, a Tim Leather RBI single and Tim Jacobson's RBI double.

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But Hoffman shut down the potent Rebels offense for the next four innings, while Bryan Laferte's single scored Jeremy Barron in the third to close the gap to 2-1.

"He pitched a heck of a game," said North coach Shawn Reynolds. "He kept his poise, and he kept us in the ballgame even with the errors."

South added a pair of insurance runs off the Hubs' starter in the sixth when Adrian Adams opened with a single to left and moved to second when Laferte misplayed the ball for North. Jacobson followed with a bunt single, moving Adams to third, before Knight walked to load the bases. Steve Grossman then laced a two-run single before Hoffman wriggled out of further trouble.

"I came into the dugout and told the guys to get me some runs, and it'd be done," said Knight.

Indeed, it was done for the Hubs (2-4, 2-2), but not the Rebels. Knight and Todd Jacobson drove in two runs apiece in the four-run seventh inning off North reliever Cody Nelling to put the game away.

The 13-strikeout effort gives Knight 30 strikeouts in just 16 2/3 innings. He has walked only two.

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