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Cvijanovich having grand time as a Hub

April 10, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO -- Charles Cvijanovich is one of the young newbies on the North Hagerstown baseball team this season and is quickly establishing himself as an important part of the Hubs.

The sophomore third baseman came into Friday's game hitting .409 from the seventh spot in the lineup and did nothing but cause problems for Boonsboro, cracking a grand slam in the first inning to pave the way for a 14-2 six-inning victory over the Warriors.

"(Charles) has been a good hitter for us," said North coach Steve Myers. "What I didn't expect was to see power from him, especially going into the wind."

Boonsboro starter Justin Lewis had a two-out, one-on situation in the top of the first before yielding a single to Aaron Stoner that scored Aaron Stottlemyer.

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Ryan Sword kept the inning going with a double and Andrew Yacyk then walked.

Cvijanovich was in a two-strike count when he nailed a slider over the plate, sending a drive into the teeth of a hefty wind to left field for a 5-0 Hubs lead.

"You call for a slider but you want your pitcher to throw it that the batter is going to chase after it, not over the plate on an 0-2 count," said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard.

Boonsboro (1-7, 1-3) scored in the first and second, while North (6-2, 3-1 MVAL Antietam) tallied single runs in the second and fourth for a 7-2 lead.

Scott Haupt had Boonsboro's lone hit, a home run to right in the second inning off Stottlemyer, who made his first mound appearance of the season.

"(Aaron) stepped in and threw great and mixed up his pitches very well," said Myers.

Stottlemyer went four innings, allowing one earned run with three strikeouts.

The Hubs drove forward with a seven-run sixth inning, highlighted by Jake Bachtell's bases-loaded double.

"We're focused on Monday now (vs. Smithsburg)," said Myers. "It will be a big game in the league."

Phil Hershberger pitched four creditable relief innings for Boonsboro before tiring at the outset of the sixth inning.

"He is a senior and stepped forward when I asked, 'Is there anyone here that can pitch?'" said Leonard on having to remove Lewis in the top of the second.

"We're just not baseball smart right now," he said.

It was the fifth run-rule loss for the Warriors, who have allowed 12.5 runs a game this season.

North Hagerstown 14, Boonsboro 2
North 510 107 -- 14 9 4
Boonsboro 110 000 -- 2 1 3

Stottlemyer, Dillow (5) and Allen. Lewis, Hershberger (2), B. Beard (6), Ruiz (6) and Gregory. WP -- Stottlemyer (1-0). LP -- Lewis (0-4). HR -- NH: Cvijanovich (1st, three on); B: Haupt (2nd, none on).

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