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Carpenter puts hammer down on Century

May 20, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

HAGERSTOWN -- North Hagerstown pitcher Corey Carpenter was all wound up during school on Wednesday, ready to get down to business later in the day.

"I saw him early in the day and he was like a kid in a candy store all wound," said North Hagerstown coach Steve Myers.

Carpenter took the mound and came away a winner with a one-hit performance when Aaron Stottlemyer knocked in Andrew Yacyk with the only run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Hubs beat Century 1-0 in the Maryland Class 2A West quarterfinals.

"Being a senior, I was ready to go early today," said Carpenter. "I didn't want this to be my last game. I was going to leave it all out on the field."

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North gets a shot at the region title Friday when it hosts Walkersville at 4:30. The Lions defeated Middletown 7-5 on Wednesday.

The Hubs (14-6) had beaten Century 10-1 in the season opener, but Wednesday's affair had much more at stake and Carpenter was equal to the task as he outdueled Century's Alec Rogness.

Yacyk opened the bottom of the seventh with a single to center and was sacrificed to second by Phil Pietro. Jake Bachtell followed with an infield single to deep short but Yacyk could not advance.

Both runners moved up when Charles Cvijanovich bounced out to the pitcher.

Stottlemyer, who had three sharply hit fly ball outs, sent a 1-2 offering from Rogness into right-center to score Yacyk.

"I came up with the idea of shortening my swings and throwing my hands and bat into the ball," said Stottlemyer. "I wanted to get to the opposite field."

In tossing his second one-hitter of the year, Carpenter struck out 11 and walked five and held the Knights (15-8) hitless until Matt Naugler's clean one-out single with a man on first in the seventh started a potential rally.

Josh Green followed with a walk that loaded the bases, but Rogness missed the offering on a squeeze bunt and a charging Sean Maguire was caught in a rundown for the second out. Carpenter then fanned Rogness to end the threat.

"That was momentum for us to come in and win the game," said Carpenter.

"You have to come into the dugout and transfer that play into our energy and we did that," said Myers.

North had squandered an earlier scoring opportunity in the fourth inning when Rogness walked three straight batters with two out.

Myers called for a squeeze play, but Thomas Allen fouled off a pitch that sent Ty Benson back to third. Benson was picked off on the next pitch to the plate.

Allen led off the fifth inning with a double.

Carpenter started with a seven-pitch first inning and at one point between the third and fifth innings had seven straight strikeouts.

Defensively, North excelled with a 5-4-3 twin kill in the second and a strikeout-throwout double play in the fourth.

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