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Hyatt rallies Rebels past Hubs

May 06, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

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Senior shortstop Brittany Hyatt wanted to make sure the South Hagerstown Rebels won her final game against the rival North Hagerstown Hubs.

Hyatt - the 2007 Washington County Player of the Year - finished with three hits, three RBIs and two runs as the Rebels celebrated Senior Day by coming back from a 4-0 deficit to pull out a 7-4 win over the Hubs on Monday in the MVAL Piedmont.

"We realized that it was the last time that (the seniors) were going to play North," Hyatt said. "It was awesome that we were able to come back. All of us just came together. Everybody came through with the big hits. We started off slow, but then we did well. We came out on top."

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South coach Angie McQuillen was grateful for all of the things Hyatt has done during her four-year career.

"My girls didn't quit when it was 4-0," McQuillen said. "We had a few seniors who realized that this will be the last time that they will ever play North High, especially Brittany Hyatt. She has been a blessing. We are going to miss her next year."

Mallory White had two hits and Desiree Giffin scored two runs for South (6-12, 4-4). Rebels pitcher Chelsea Showe struck out seven in seven innings to get the win.

Sophomore leadoff batter Destanie Agee ripped three hits, including a solo home run and a triple, for North (8-10, 4-4). Caroline Kreiger added two hits.

Hubs pitcher Ashley McCallister had a 4-0 lead and a perfect game going into the bottom of the fourth. But the Rebels broke it up with three runs, then added two more in the fifth to take the lead at 5-4. Hyatt doubled in the tying run, then scored the go-ahead run on White's single to right.

Hyatt returned to the plate in the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs, and delivered a two-run single to center to make the lead 7-4.

"I knew that they needed me and I needed to come through," Hyatt said. "We knew that a one-run lead wasn't going to win the ballgame. It is a lot easier to play when you have a big lead."

"I think South played a really good game," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "They hit the ball well today. They did a good job of coming back and they got the key hits when they needed them."

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