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Hubs rally for 2A title

May 29, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • North Hagerstown's player celebrate their nine-inning 10-7 victory over Parkside in the Maryland Class 2A state championship game Saturday at Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

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    ABERDEEN, Md. -- Everyone wearing a red jersey in the North Hagerstown dugout knew the five-run deficit the Hubs faced against Parkside after five innings of the Maryland Class 2A state baseball final could be overcome.

    After all, North scored eight runs in one inning Tuesday to beat Hammond and reach Saturday's final.

    The Hubs had another rally in them, breaking loose for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to forge a tie before pushing across three runs in the ninth to win the championship 10-7 at Cal Ripken Stadium.

    "We could see we were in a tough spot, but the other night we came back and we knew it could be done again," said North coach Steve Myers.

    North (17-6) won its third state title, its other championships coming in 1986 and 1989. The Hubs were playing in their first state final since 2005.

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Aaron Stoner did not have a solid outing on the mound. The Rams (18-7) went to town in the fifth inning with their own five-run rally, including a two-run triple by Coby Royston -- one of three triples Parkside hit.

But Greg Lynn and Connor Spessard turned the tables with 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, leaving the door ajar just a bit for hope from the offense.

It came in the seventh, when Charles Cvijanovich led off with an infield single and moved up on a bloop single by Aaron Stottlemyer. Ty Benson walked and Stoner came to the plate under the re-entry rule.

Good move by the Hubs.

Stoner cranked a shot deep over the fence in right for a grand slam to cut the deficit to 7-6, and the Hubs weren't done.

Parkside proceeded to walk three straight, and Thomas Allen scored on Cody Dillow's one-out groundout for a 7-all tie.

"The line drives we hit early didn't fall, but finally a bloop or two did and got it going," said Myers. "And Aaron said he was going to hit a home run."

"I did," said Stoner. "I was upset how I pitched and I told Coach I was going to take it for a ride."

Spessard pitched two perfect relief innings and North took command against Ethan Coffey, who came on in relief in the seventh for Parkside.

Allen led off the eighth with a walk and Yacyk ripped a shot inside the bag at third for a double.

Sophomore Phillip Pietro had the biggest hit of his career with a ringing two-run double to left for a 9-7 lead, and the Hubs added another run when Cvijanovich drove in Pietro with a single.

"I can't believe it," said Pietro. "Coach just said to drive it and I got a good pitch to hit. I didn't know if I'd have a chance to do it."

Corey Carpenter came in to pitch the ninth inning and made things a bit interesting with two one-out walks. However, he induced a popup before getting John Donalds to foul out to Yacyk at first to set off a victory celebration.

North drew first blood with a run in the first inning. Three singles loaded the bases before Benson scored on a wild pitch.

Parkside tied it at 1 in the bottom half and took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on a triple by Tyler Carey.

North finished with 12 hits -- including two each from Cvijanovich, Stoner, Yacyk and Pietro. Allen scored three runs.

"At the beginning of the year, I thought we could get through the region," said Myers. "I knew it would be tooth and nail. It's a long weekend and it might take that long for (the title) to sink in."

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