Rebels pitching takes walks on wild side

April 20, 2010|BY WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent
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HAGERSTOWN -- The South Hagerstown baseball team is having a give-and-take kind of season.

"We're either the ones giving the beating or the ones taking the beating," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said.

On Monday, Middletown owned the switch and administered a 19-6 beating.

Catcher Kyle Watkins had two home runs and six RBIs to lead the Knights (7-3), while pitchers Robby Tucker, Ryan Robinson, and Colin Maye combined to allow four earned runs while striking out nine.

The Knights scored in bunches off Rebels' pitching.

Starter Jordan Hatfield walked five while allowing six runs in two innings. Tim Hoover entered in the third inning and was touched for five runs, including a two-run homer by Watkins, while walking four.

It only got worse for Jordan Miller in the sixth. He allowed nine runs while walking five and issued a three-run homer to Watkins.


"I'm just looking for a base hit when I'm up there," Watkins said. "The home runs just come."

"Recently they're hitting the ball, so I'm just letting them play," said Middletown coach Andy Baker. "I said it tonight: 'Just be patient and get a pitch,' and they're capitalizing."

Designated hitter Tyeler Presgraves provided two-thirds of South's offense. He lofted a sacrifice fly in the fifth to score Jordan Nicewarner before unloading a two-run double and stealing home in the seventh.

"Normally, six runs is enough to win a ball game," said Stottlemyer, "It comes down to pitching. We can't be walking so many kids."

Despite the loss, Stottlemyer is focusing on reaching the postseason.

"Eight more games until the playoffs," he said. "We'll just take it one game at a time and hopefully the pitching will come around."

Middletown 19, South Hagerstown 6
Middletown 053 021 8 -- 19 14 1
South 110 010 3 -- 6 7 3

Tucker, Robinson (4), Maye (6), and Watkins. Hatfield, Hoover (3), Miller (6), and Haupt. WP -- Tucker. LP -- Hatfield. HR -- M: Watkins 2 (5th, two on; 7th, three on).

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