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Hubs put end to Rebels' run

May 04, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • North Hagerstown's Aaron Stoner trots around the bases after blasting a grand slam in the first inning of the Hubs' 13-9 win over South Hagerstown at Municipal Stadium.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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    HAGERSTOWN -- The North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown baseball series was meant to be one of breaking win streaks this season.

    North disrupted South's five-game win streak with a 13-9 decision on Monday night at Municipal Stadium.

    The Hubs evened the score. On April 14, South (11-7, 8-5) had beaten North (11-5, 8-4) to end the Hubs' six-game win streak.

    "That's a good deal stopping a win streak," said North coach Steve Myers after his team had defused a seventh-inning, five-run charge by the Rebels. "You can't beat that."

    And the way the Hubs started off, they were going to make it tough for the Rebels to beat them.

    With one swing of the bat by Aaron Stoner, the Hubs charged to a 4-0 lead with a long smash to the old bullpen in center field.

    That blast followed a hit batter, a walk and a short single to left by Ty Benson to load the bases off starter Jordan Hatfield.

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"That's why (Aaron) is hitting cleanup for us," said Myers. "He has been hitting well."

It was the fourth grand slam this season for the Hubs.

The blast staked Cory Carpenter to an early lead and he made it stand up, except for a period in the fifth inning when South began to catch up with the righthander.

Nick Stubbs had a one-out home run and Timmy Hoover followed with a single before Tyeler Presgraves unloaded on a two-run smash that was as long as any hit in any level of game at Municipal Stadium.

His dinger leared the upper wall in left-center field to the right of the scoreboard, an estimated 440 feet, closing the deficit to 6-4 with one out.

But North answered with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Andrew Yacyk had an RBI double, Charles Cvijanovich had a two-run single and Aaron Stottlemyer and Ty Benson had run-scoring doubles to highlight the inning.

Carpenter went six innings and yielded eight hits and struck out eight Rebels.

"Corey threw well, and even in the fifth he still came back and got the last two outs without any more damage," said Myers.

Greg Lynn, who has scuffled recently, pitched the seventh for North and is still scuffling after allowing five runs and five hits, including run-scoring singles by Trevor Haupt and Luke Toms and a two-run double by Kenny Kitchens.

South, which had scored 34 runs on 29 hits in its last two games, actually outhit North 13-12.

Presgraves had three hits and three RBIs and Kitchens also had three hits.

"Four runs in the first, seven in another and what does that tell you when you have 13 hits," asked South coach Ralph Stottlemyer.

Five players -- Cvijanovich, Benson, Stoner, Yacyk and Jake Bachtell -- had two hits each for North.

North Hagerstown 13, South Hagerstown 9
South 001 030 5 -- 9 13 1
North 402 070 x -- 13 12 3

Hatfield, Toms (3), Appel (5), May (5), J. Miller (6) and Haupt. Carpenter, Lynn and Allen. WP -- Carpenter (2-1). LP -- Hatfield (3-2). HR -- SH: Stubbs (5th, none on), Presgraves (5th, one on); NH: Stoner (1st, three on).

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