Hubs rally twice to beat Wildcats

April 20, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Brady Wink slides into home plate as the ball gets away from Williamsport catcher Ryan Butts (22) in the fourth inning of Wednesday's high school baseball game at North.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Williamsport baseball team scored one run in the top of the ninth inning to give every indication it was going to beat North Hagerstown on Wednesday.

But the Hubs answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, with the help of Wildcats, to pull out a 7-6 MVAL Antietam victory.

Ty Benson started the two-out rally by beating out an infield single. Then, he took second on a botched pickoff attempt to set up Andrew Yacyk’s game-tying single to center.

Then, Yacyk also advanced to second on a badly executed pickoff, which gave Jake Bachtell the opportunity to drive in the winning run with a single to left.

“It was nice, but it was more of a team effort,” Bachtell said. “Hitting is contagious. The batters before me got hits and then I got the final hit. We have heart and Coach expects that out of us. We are never going to give up on anything, even if we’re down by 10 runs. We’re only going to get better as long as we play with the same intensity as we played with tonight.”

Bachtell finished with two hits and two RBIs with one run scored. Bachtell also pitched the last 2 1/3 innings in relief for the win.

Williamsport (6-4, 5-3) had taken the lead in the top of the ninth on Tyler Shank’s RBI single to center.

The Hubs (5-3, 4-2) had sent the game to the ninth by scoring a run in the the eighth. Alex Courtney’s RBI single to center to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Courtney reached on an error to open the Hubs’ three-run rally in the fourth.

The Wildcats took the lead in the eighth on an RBI infield single by Connor Arnone.

Benson led the Hubs with three hits.

“We fought hard and we kept coming back,” North coach Steve Myers said. “The kids showed a lot of perseverance. We are just going to try to take it one day at a time and try to win every game.”

Shank and Arnone had two hits and scored two runs each for the Wildcats.

“We had some opportunities to make some routine plays,” Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz said. “We just didn’t make them. North was able to take advantage of that.”

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