South takes wrong turn as Lancers throw curve

May 15, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • South Hagerstown first baseman Jordan Nicewarner awaits a pickoff throw while Linganore's Brooks Shyman dives safely back to the bag during the sixth inning of the Lancers' 4-0 victory in a Maryland 3A West playoff game.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

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    HAGERSTOWN -- Zach Davies started it with his arm and Jay Knight finished it with his bat.

    The pair proved too formidable in leading Linganore to a 4-0 victory over South Hagerstown in the first round of the Maryland Class 3A West playoffs Friday at South.

    The Rebels (12-9), who averaged more than nine runs a game in 20 regular-season games, had only two runners reach second base as Davies held the Rebels hitless into the fifth inning.

    The left-hander used changeups and curveballs to keep the ball under South's bats and paint the corners of the plate. He walked two and struck out eight.

    "The kid really did a nice job keeping us off balance," said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer. "He had our number with the curveball."


Garrick Boward's two-out bloop double broke up the no-hitter in the fifth. Tim Hoover had a single in the sixth and the Rebels had two baserunners in the seventh via a walk and hit batsman before Davies got Ben Stone on a called third strike to finish off his masterpiece.

"We've seen signs in his last two or three outings that (Davies) could do this," said Linganore coach Chris O'Connor. "Our gameplan was to use the curveball as the out pitch."

The hardest ball hit by a South batter was Trevor Haupt's line drive to left that was caught to lead off the fifth. After Toms grounded out, the right-handed hitting Boward fisted a blooper down the line that fell no more than 10 inches inside the line.

Davies' support came from the 5-foot-11 Knight. He had a two-run home run off South starter Luke Toms in the first inning and then sent Toms to the shower in the seventh with a one-out solo blast. Knight just missed another homer, a drive off the top of the fence in the fifth that resulted in a triple.

"(Knight) is in the weights. He's so strong," said O'Connor.

Despite the loss, Toms (5-2) pitched well considering it was his first start of the year.

Toms allowed only six hits, struck out four and walked three in 6 1/3 innings. He retired 12 of 14 batters at one point before Linganore scored its third run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Brooks Shymon.

"Toms pitched well," said Stottlemyer, "But we're one and done."

Friday's match was a rematch of a game played a week ago, which also was won by Linganore (10-8).

"(Davies) had a really good curveball," said senior Tyeler Presgraves after his final high school game. "As a senior, it's tough to swallow, especially after how we hit the ball all year."

Linganore 4, South Hagerstown 0
Linganore 200 001 1 -- 4 6 0
S. Hagerstown 000 000 0 -- 0 2 0

Davies and Berardi. Toms, Appel (7) and Haupt. WP--Davies (2-1). LP--Toms (5-2). HR -- L: Knight 2 (1st, one on; 7th, none on).

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