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North climbs out of 6-0 hole at Clear Spring

April 15, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — The long ball set up little ball on Friday night as North Hagerstown rallied from the pits of a 6-0 deficit to beat Clear Spring 7-6 in an MVAL Antietam baseball clash.

Ty Benson slammed a solo home run to tie the game at 6-all in the top of the sixth, and the Hubs (3-2, 3-1) went on to score another run in the inning without a base hit and then relied on relief pitching for the win.

A walk to Andrew Yacyk, a bad bouncer by Aaron Stoner, a hit batter and a fielder’s choice brought in the go-ahead run for North, also a run that put the Hubs back into the MVAL race after Williamsport beat Catoctin on Friday.

Jake Bachtell pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Aaron Jones, despite putting two runners on in the seventh, recorded the save for North.

“It was nervous time in the seventh,” said North coach Steve Myers. “Why can’t things be easier? We wanted to get Ben (Bushong) in there with a good, quality start, but he just couldn’t get ahead and in command.”

After 2 2/3 innings, Clear Spring (3-3, 0-3) found itself on top 6-0 with only three hits and a six-pack of walks by Bushong.

Nick Hill scored a pair of runs for Clear Spring and walked in each of his five plate appearances.

His second run came in the second inning when he came in on a home run by Dylan Appel for a 3-0 lead.

That margin was extended to 6-0 in the third when three walks and hits by Dylan Stouffer and Brent Mentzer drove in runs.

Still, Clear Spring coach Mark Shives was upset.

“We left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings without scoring,” said Shives. “We’ve left them loaded six times in the last two games and we left 14 on base tonight.”

North began its comeback with five runs in the fourth inning, again with fundamentals coming into play.

The Hubs took advantage of Clear Spring’s failure to end the inning on a throw to first on strike three, leaving North with an extra out and still down 6-2.

Charles Cvijanovich then stroked a liner that scored two runs to make it 6-4.

“That was certainly a key point of the game,” Myers said of the strikeout.

Bachtell and Benson had two hits each for North, and Dylan Appel had a pir for Clear Spring.

North Hagerstown 7, Clear Spring 6
N. Hagerstown    000    502    0    —    7    8    2
Clear Spring    123    000    0    —    6    4    2
Bushong, Wink (3), Benson (5), Bachtell (5), Jones (7) and Williams. Yost, Mellott (4), Walling (6), Kenna (6) and Moser. WP—Bachtell. LP—Mellott. HR—North (Benson (6th, none on); CS—D. Appel (2nd, one on).

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