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Leopards score 12 in 6th to score knockout of Hubs

May 01, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

This story contains corrections to the original which was published in The Herald-Mail and online.

SMITHSBURG -- North Hagerstown and Smithsburg brought the bats to Friday's MVAL Antietam baseball game, but forgot the pitching and defense.

Like a heavyweight title fight, the Hubs and Leopards traded blows and leads several times until Smithsburg staggered North with a 12-run sixth inning that put the Hubs away, 22-13.

The Leopards (9-6, 6-4) set the tone early with a three-run homer by Ryne Willard and a two-run homer by Jack Schwartz to take a 5-1 lead.

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The Hubs (10-5, 7-4) came roaring back with seven runs in the second to take the lead, 8-5. The rally was punctuated by Ty Benson's grand slam.

Neither starting pitcher made it past the third inning. Smithsburg's Aaron Schroyer allowed eight runs on seven hits, while North's Greg Lynn gave up seven runs on six hits.

While the Leopards played pretty solid defense, the Hubs committed five errors which led to three Smithsburg runs.

Still, the Hubs led 13-10 into the sixth inning after Conner Spessard calmed Smithsburg's bats with three innings of relief work, allowing just three runs.

However, the Leopards revived their offense in the bottom of the sixth and regained the lead for good after Spessard left the mound.

Aaron Stottlemyer came in for the Hubs and lasted just a third of an inning, allowing four runs to give Smithsburg a 14-13 lead. The Leopards continued to score when Cody Dillow relieved Stottlemyer, scoring eight more runs on six walks and just three hits.

"We've got pitching, but some guys aren't where they need to be considering where we are in the season," said Hubs coach Steve Myers. "Some guys need to find themselves or they may be left out in the cold come playoff time."

The No. 3 spot in both lineups produced in a big way. Willard went 2-for-4 with the homer and five RBIs for Smithsburg, while Benson went 3-for-4 with his homer and six RBIs.

Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb praised his players for continuing to battle in a marathon game which lasted over three hours.

"We've been down before and we kept at it. Our kids made it happen," Cobb said. "We knew we had to be disciplined at the plate and it worked to our advantage. They played hard and stayed positive. It was a great team game."

The loss overshadowed an offensive onslaught by the Hubs, who had 20 hits, with every starter getting at least one hit.

"The kids are upset and they should be, but we're keeping our same philosophy," Myers said. "Smithsburg played a good game. Now it's time to prepare for South."

North 171 130 0 -- 13 20 5
Smithsburg 521 11(12) x -- 22 16 1

Lynn, Spessard (3), Stottlemyer (6), Dillow (6) and Allen. Schroyer, Cardone (3), Wiley (7) and Gouff. WP -- Cardone. LP -- Allen. HR -- NH: Benson (2nd, three on). S: Willard (2nd, two on), Schwartz (2nd, one on).

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