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Red-hot Rebels knock off North in baseball

April 15, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- South Hagerstown's 0-3 start to the baseball season seems like a distant memory.

The red-hot Rebels defeated rival North Hagerstown 8-5 on Wednesday for their sixth win in their last seven games.

"We hit the ball well again," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We were aggressive on the basepaths as usual. We can produce runs. We have got a good-hitting lineup from top to bottom. Nobody better count us out."

The host Rebels (6-4, 3-3 MVAL Antietam) snapped a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Luke Toms and Garrick Boward both reached base on singles and scored after a pair of errors to make it 7-5.

South added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to center by Tyeler Presgraves.

Rebels starting pitcher Jordan Hatfield gave up only three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to get the win.

The Hubs threatened to score in the top of the seventh when they drew three straight walks with one out to load the bases. Jordan Miller then came on in relief for the Rebels. Miller got the next Hubs batter to line out to second baseman Toms, who then threw to Jordan Nicewarner at first to double up the Hubs' baserunner to seal the win.

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"We got a good pitching outing from Jordan Hatfield," Stottlemyer said. "He had pretty good control until the seventh inning and then he lost it. Jordan Miller came in and did what he had to do by throwing strikes."

Trevor Haupt, Presgraves and Toms had two hits apiece for South.

Thomas Allen, Ryan Sword and Phillip Pietro had two hits apiece for North (7-3, 4-2).

"We had a couple of bad breaks," North coach Steve Myers said. "We got doubled up on a couple of balls. We had an opportunity in the top of the seventh. We just couldn't finish. They hit the ball up and down the lineup. They did what they had to do. Their starting pitcher came out and threw strikes. He had us guessing all day."

The Rebels got the first run in the bottom of the first when Presgraves scored on a throwing error.

The Hubs tied the game at 1 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Pietro and went up 2-1 in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Sword.

The Rebels regained the lead at 4-2 with three runs in the third. Haupt and Toms got RBI singles before Andrew Barnhart scored on a wild pitch.

Nick Stubbs blasted a solo homer to center in the fourth to raise the Rebels' lead to 5-2.

The Hubs scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 5-5 on an error, a double steal and an RBI single by Pietro.

North 011 030 0 -- 5 8 5
South 103 121 x -- 8 9 2

Lynn, Spessard (5) and Allen. Hatfield, J. Miller (7) and Haupt. WP -- Hatfield. LP -- Lynn. SV -- J. Miller. HR-- SH: Stubbs (4th, none on).

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