Today’s question: Will North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown play to a tie that will need to be continued?
Entering today’s clash at North, the two teams have played three games that, as of now, have no winner.
South has ties with Williamsport and Catoctin remaining to be completed. North has a 6-6 tie with Urbana on the table.
On Monday, the Rebels and Wildcats battled to a 7-7 tie through seven innings. Then on Wednesday, South went into to the eighth inning against Catoctin, with an 8-8 deadlock remaining to be settled.
South’s ties have a direct bearing on the MVAL Antietam race, where the Rebels have only a 1-0 record in the books. North is 2-0 in the Antietam, tied with Catoctin.
* Smithsburg’s Ryne Willard leads the Tri-State area at the plate with an .846 batting average, collecting 11 hits in 13 at-bats. Teammate Brock Heiston is batting .700 (7-for-10).
* Mercersburg’s Matt Timoney is off to a fast start with 16 hits in 23 at-bats for a .696 average.
* Martinsburg’s Zach Woolcock is batting .605 with five homers and 25 RBIs. He’s collected 23 hits and scored 27 runs as the Bulldogs have marched to an 11-0 start.
* There were two no-hitters in the past week. Hagerstown native Christian Binford turned the feat for Mercersburg Academy against Peddie School, and Jefferson’s Chris Payne tossed a gem against James Wood.
Binford is 2-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in 10 innings. Payne is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.
North Hagerstown freshman Teddy Schoeck has established himself as the top boys singles player among Washington County public schools athletes — so far.
Schoeck (5-0) has close wins over his two toughest challengers — Boonsboro’s Serge Aleshin-Guendel (4-1) and Clear Spring’s Zac O’Neal (4-1). Schoeck beat O’Neal 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 on March 28 and beat Aleshin-Guendel 7-5, 6-4 on Monday.
Both O’Neal and Aleshin-Guendel figure to get another crack at Schoeck later in the regular season.
* Two upcoming girls matches are worth keeping an eye on.
In first singles, South Hagerstown’s Tinuke Adetunji (3-1), the reigning Herald-Mail Washington County Player of the Year, will likely face Clear Spring’s Megan Crowl (6-0) on April 20 and 21 — the first meeting between the schools was postponed on April 1 and rescheduled for the 20th.
In first doubles, Clear Spring’s team of Ashlyn Long and Bethani Jenkins (6-0) will likely be challenged on Wednesday by Boonsboro’s Alice D’Alauro and Erin Scally (5-0) in a match at Clear Spring.
— Staff writers Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble contributed to this week’s notebook.