Bachtell gets redemption as Hubs, Leopards split

April 29, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |

HAGERSTOWN — The control that abandoned Jake Bachtell when he was on the mound came back to him later when he was at the plate.

The North Hagerstown senior went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs in the Hubs’ 15-7 MVAL Antietam victory over visiting Smithsburg on Friday.

Before that game began, the Hubs (8-4, 7-3) and Leopards (5-7, 4-7) completed their game from April 6 that was suspended after seven innings at Smithsburg with the teams tied at 5-5. The Leopards ended up winning 6-5 as Bachtell issued four walks in the bottom of the eighth inning to allow the decisive run.

“The strike zone just wasn’t there for me today. I couldn’t find my release point,” Bachtell said. “I was pretty mad. I wanted to do whatever it took to win the next game. I just had to come back and redeem myself.”

He had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning, in which the Hubs turned four singles, two walks, three errors and a hit batter into a 6-0 lead against Leopards starter Brad Spickler.

Smithsburg answered in the second against Hubs starter J.T. Root, cutting the deficit to 6-5 on a two-run double by Ben Daniels and a three-run double by Ryne Willard.

“That’s baseball for you,” Bachtell said. “You can never be too happy with the runs you have. You have to keep scoring.”

North extended its lead to 9-5 in the fourth on an RBI single by Aaron Stoner and a two-run single by Alex Courtney.

The Hubs blew the game open in the fifth against a pair of relievers, scoring five times for a 14-5 lead. The big blows were Andrew Yacyk’s RBI double to right and Bachtell’s RBI triple to right.

Root, meanwhile, settled down on the mound and went five innings for the win. Aside from the second inning, he was nearly flawless. He finished with eight strikeouts, including a run of six straight.

“(Root) has been a model of consistency for us,” North coach Steve Myers said. “He had a rough inning, but then he settled down and did the job I expect him to do.

“We really wanted to win both games today, but it was imperative that we get the split.”

Charles Cvijanovich, Stoner, Courtney and Matt Daley each had two of North’s 14 hits in the victory. Tyquil Benson had three RBIs, and Stoner and Courtney each finished with two.

Daniels was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs for Smithsburg in the loss.

“We came to play and were hitting the ball, but then the adrenaline died down,” Leopards coach Trey Cobb said. “You have to grind it out all seven innings.”

Smithsburg 6, North Hagerstown 5
North    110    002    10    —    5    12    0
Smithsburg    000    200    31    —    6    6    2
Root, Bachtell (7) and Williams. Spickler, Rinehart (5), Willard (7) and Durning. WP — Willard. LP — Bachtell.
North Hagerstown 15, Smithsburg 7
Smithsburg    050    001    1    —    7    8    5
North    600    351    x    —    15    14    3
Spickler, Daniels (1), Rinehart (5), Eyler (5) and Durning. Root, Jones (6) and Williams. WP — Root. LP — Spickler.

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