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Rebels set themselves up for victory over Wildcats

April 29, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT -- To take a page from tennis terminology, South Hagerstown's baseball team took the first set from Williamsport in three innings, 7-0. The Wildcats turned the tables and won the next set 7-0 in three innings.

In the 'seventh-inning tiebreaker,' the Rebels won 2-1 for a 9-8 victory in an MVAL Antietam battle on a cold, windy Wednesday afternoon.

"Tough game, but good to get this one," said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer.

The Rebels (9-6, 6-4) couldn't hang onto their big lead, orchestrated on nine hits and three Williamsport errors in the first three innings.

Nick Stubbs, Timmy Hoover and Jordan Nicewarner had two hits each in the early going in support of starting pitcher Dylan May. He was tough through four innings, scattering four hits, striking out four and walking none.

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However, as he has done in previous starts, May faltered in the fifth inning -- allowing three hits, walking two and hitting a batter -- and the Wildcats (7-9, 5-6) got back into the game. Blake Bandeff's two-run single highlighted the four-run inning.

"The same thing, (May) works on his endurance but hits a brick wall," said Stottlemyer. "He started walking batters and suddenly he's up in the pitch count."

Jordan Miller came on in relief and got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the fifth, but allowed two runs in the sixth. Jason Hammond and Zach Sauble drove in runs to cut the deficit to 7-6 before the Wildcats stranded two runners.

The Rebels scored two runs in the seventh in what should have been a 1-2-3 frame for the Wildcats.

With one down, Luke Toms reached on a fielding error and went to second on a wild pitch. Kenny Kitchens reached first on a third-strike wild pitch, beating the throw to first as Toms raced all the way home to beat the return throw for an 8-7 lead.

Nicewarner followed with a run-scoring single, which wound up being the difference when Williamsport scored a solo run in the bottom of the seventh.

Toms, who relieved Miller, walked the first two batters and hit Ryan Butts to load the bases with no outs. But the Wildcats managed only one run on a sacrifice fly by Connor Arnone.

"We didn't give up, but just didn't get the big hit we needed," said Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers. "It's the second straight game we've not gotten the hit we needed and we've given up too many unearned runs."

South had 12 hits, with Nicewarner collecting three and Stubbs and Hoover adding two each. Arnone, Hammond and Butts had two hits each for Williamsport.

South Hagerstown 9, Williamsport 8
South 241 000 2 -- 9 12 1
Williamsport 100 042 1 -- 8 10 4

May, J. Miller (5), Toms (6) and Haupt. Lucas, Byers (6) and Butts. WP--Toms (4-1). LP--Byers (0-1).

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