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Rebels rally as Toms shuts down Leopards

April 24, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

SMITHSBURG -- The South Hagerstown baseball team found an ingredient it hasn't had most of the season -- pitching.

Luke Toms threw 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief and his teammates rallied to post an 8-7 MVAL Antietam Conference victory over Smithsburg on Friday.

"I came in just wanting to throw strikes," said Toms, who picked up his third win of the year in four decisions. "I thought I had a dominant fastball and my curveball was pretty good, the best all year."

Toms allowed only a single to Dylan Eyler, the first batter he saw in the fourth inning, after Smithsburg had scored two runs to take a 7-3 lead. He walked three but he also fanned seven Smithsburg batters, six of them swinging.

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"(Toms) was on today and had them guessing at the plate," said coach Ralph Stottlemyer.

Toms' effort allowed the Rebels (8-6, 5-4) to rally, starting with a solo run in the fifth inning on Tyeler Presgraves' home run.

It continued with a four-run sixth that generated with one runner on and two outs. In the rally, Timmy Hoover had a run-scoring single, Presgraves roped an RBI double and Trevor Haupt stepped up against relief pitcher Evan Dennis and smacked a two-run double for the lead.

"I've been in a slump, like 0-for-10 coming into this game," said Haupt. "I just wanted to forget about the slump and start over. I got the pitch I wanted."

Haupt's two RBIs gave him 22 for the season, the top mark in Washington County.

Smithsburg (6-6, 3-6) scored three runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead when Jack Schwartz belted a three-run home run to right-center field. The Leopards added two more in the fourth and appeared headed in the right direction until facing Toms.

"You just can't turn it on and off like that," said coach Trey Cobb. "South had energy and when we got the lead I think we got content, stopped swinging."

South's Nick Stubbs hit the first pitch of the game for a home run and Presgraves, Haupt and Toms had two hits apiece.

Schwartz and Aaron Dinterman had two hits apiece for the Leopards.

South 120 014 0 -- 8 9 2
Smithsburg 113 200 0 -- 7 9 3

Hatfield, Toms (4) and Haupt. Schroyer, Dennis (6) and Gouff. WP--Toms (3-1). LP--Schroyer (2-3). HR--SH: Stubbs (1st, none on), Presgraves (5th, none on). SM: Schwartz (3rd, two on).

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