SMITHSBURG — North Hagerstown baseball coach Steve Myers made it sound like he was cursing by using a three-lettered word.
“We shouldn’t be talking about a tie,” he said.
But he was. Smithsburg scored three runs after two were out in the seventh inning to notch a 5-5 tie in an MVAL Antietam game that was halted because of darkness at the end of the inning. There is no date set for the completion of the game.
Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb took the final outcome a little better, but he wasn’t a fan of the decision either.
“I don’t really like it,” he said. “When we make it up, it won’t be the same conditions. It just proves that if you wait around, something like nature takes over and you can’t control that.”
But even with that, the Leopards found themselves in a position to play another day.
North scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead. Smithsburg used patience against North starter J.T. Root to get into position.
Ben Daniels legged out a one-out infield single and Brock Heiston drew a walk. Ryne Willard chased Root with a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line. Aaron Dinterman greeted reliever Jake Bachtell with an infield single that bounced off two gloves to score Willard with the tying run.
“It just shows that you have to take advantage of every at-bat,” Cobb said. “I’m proud of how the guys stayed focused to get a 5-5 tie against the defending state champions and a Class 2A team.”
North scored single runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead on Smithsburg starter Brad Spickler. Aaron Stoner had an RBI single in the first and the run in the second crossed on a wild pitch.
Smithsburg tied the score with two runs in the fourth as Dylan Ianaro and Devin Baker drew bases-loaded walks.
North took a 4-2 lead in the sixth when right fielder Ben Daniels misplayed Charles Cvijanovich’s high drive to right into a two-run double. Alex Courtney, who had four hits, drove home the fifth run on an infield single.
Stoner had three of North’s 11 hits. Root went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits while striking out eight.
“Even when we were up 5-2, we didn’t play well enough to close it out,” Myers said. “We didn’t make the plays, especially the way we played two of the balls in the seventh inning. You can’t get away with that.”
North Hagerstown 5, Smithsburg 5
North 110 002 1 — 5 11 0
Smithsburg 000 200 3 — 5 6 2
Root, Bachtell (7) and Williams. Spickler, Rinehart (5), Willard (7) and Durning.