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Leopards hold off Rebels, 11-10

April 26, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • South's Nick Stubbs slides safely into second base as Smithsburg's Ryne Willard in late on the tag Monday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg baseball team withstood a late rally by South Hagerstown to pick up an 11-10 MVAL Antietam victory Monday.

The Leopards built a 9-2 lead in the first four innings and then did just enough to hold off the Rebels.

“It’s good to see us finally catch some breaks,” Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. “It’s good to see our players battling hard and then getting rewarded for it. With our effort and attitude, we deserved to win.”

Senior shortstop Ryne Willard, who is batting over .500 for Smithsburg, had another good day at the plate on Monday with two hits and three RBIs.

“It was great,” said Willard, who has signed to play baseball at Towson University next year. “We came out and we played tough from the beginning. We just hit the ball. We’re not playing our best, but it’s soon to come. The energy is there. There are some good hitters one through nine. Everybody can hit. We also have a lot of speed on the team.”

Brad Spickler and Ben Daniels also finished with two hits each for Smithsburg (5-5, 3-5). Spickler had two RBIs and Daniels added three stolen bases.

Nick Stubbs had two hits and three RBIs for South (5-4, 3-4), while Jordan Nicewarner had two RBIs and Riley Stephenson had two hits.

The Leopards jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a throwing error, an RBI groundout by Spickler and a two-run homer to right by Willard.

“They gave me a good pitch and I hit it hard,” Willard said. “The key thing was Brock Heiston getting on base with a walk.”

The Rebels trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth on a two-run homer to left by Nicewarner.

The Leopards busted loose for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to get their 9-2 advantage. They scored on an RBI double by Spickler, a bases-loaded walk to Aaron Dinterman, a two-run single by Dylan Eyler and a throwing error.

“Our plan was to try to make ourselves being able to hit in the hitters’ counts that we are comfortable of hitting in,” Cobb said. “We did a great job with it.”

During their five-run fourth, the Leopards took advantage of the three errors committed by the Rebels.

“We didn’t play any defense,” South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. “Smithsburg hit the ball well. When the ball is put in play, you have got to make the plays.”

Luke Toms slugged a two-run homer to center in the top of the fifth as the Rebels reduced the deficit to 9-4.

Willard hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to extend the Leopards’ lead to 10-4.

The Rebels erupted for five runs in the top of the sixth to chop the lead down to 10-9. The rally was highlighted by a three-run double by Stubbs.

The Leopards scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth on Dylan Ianaro’s solo homer to center.

The Rebels scored one run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Phillips to cut the lead to 11-10.

Smithsburg 11, South Hagerstown 10
South    000    225    1    —    10    8    4
Smithsburg    040    511    x    —    11    10    4
Cardone, Dickens (4) and Haupt. Rinehart, Ianaro (6), Willard (6) and Crummit. WP — Rinehart. LP — Cardone. S — Willard. HR — SH: Nicewarner (4th, one on), Toms (5th, one on); Sm: Willard (2nd, one on), Ianaro (6th, none on).

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