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HAGERSTOWN -- When the baseball left Phillip Pietro's bat, it appeared North Hagerstown and Smithsburg were headed for extra innings on Monday at North.
With two out and the bases loaded, North Hagerstown's Pietro lifted a pop fly into medium left field that had Dylan Ianaro racing in and shortstop Ryne Willard moving backward.
Ianaro appeared to have caught the ball in the web of his glove before hitting the ground, but the umpire ruled Pietro safe as Ianara lost the ball while trying to show the umpire the caught ball.
Thus, North (7-2, 4-1) ruined a Smithsburg two-run rally in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game as the Hubs managed a 5-4 MVAL Antietam victory.
"The way (Ianaro) appeared to have showed the umpire the ball was the difference," said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb. "But it wasn't just one play. We fought every play and (Aaron) Stoner threw a good game for them."