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Hubs change direction by re-routing past Rebels to get back on track

May 11, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Hunter Phillips gets picked off first base painfully as he gets tagged in the face by North Hagerstown's Andrew Yacyk in the bottom of the second of the Hubs' 11-1 victory at Municipal Stadium.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown wasted no time getting back on the winning track Tuesday night after a pair of losses on Monday.

And in doing so, the Hubs took the two-for-one route as they dismantled South Hagerstown 11-1 at Municipal Stadium in the regular-season finale.

With the victory, North won the city championship and claimed a piece of the MVAL Antietam Conference pie with Williamsport, each with 11-3 records.

“As bad as things turned out Monday, we still had things to play for tonight,” said North coach Steve Myers.

The Hubs (12-6) await today’s tournament draw to see if they’ll get a top-four seed in the Maryland Class 2A West tournament.

For South (6-11, 3-10), it puts an end to a disappointing regular season in which the Rebels could not capitalize after a 4-0 start.

J.T. Root took care of things for North on the mound, going the distance, allowing only two hits for his fourth win.

He lost a shutout bid in the fourth when South’s Luke Toms tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Haupt after North already owned a 7-0 lead.

“I was more accurate with my pitches,” said Root. “I had a good slider and hit the corners with my fastball. I got the ball down in on their hands and the defense played great ball.”

North gave Root all he needed in the first when Charles Cvijanovich singled to center and advanced when Ty Benson walked before scoring on Andrew Yacyk’s single.

With two out, Alex Courtney singled to center to score Benson.

Cvijanovich and Benson each scored three runs.

The Hubs asserted themselves with a five-run fourth inning, three runs coming off an explosive home run by Benson.

Matt Daley led off with the second of his three singles, Cvijanovich walked and both scored when Benson sent a Marco Cardone pitch into the bullpen in center field.

“The longest I’ve ever hit,” Benson said of his third homer of the year. “He threw me a curve on a 2-2 count for a ball and that let me sit on a fastball that was out over the plate.”

The inning continued as Aaron Stoner had an RBI single and Courtney an RBI double against reliever Dylan May.

North added four more in the fifth as Jake Bachtell ripped a two-run double to left, Stoner drove in a run with a grounder and Courtney singled to left to score Bachtell with the final run.

Courtney joined Daley with three hits and drove in three runs.

“(Root) pitched a heck of a game,” said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer. “What, we had two hits in the game? It’s not the way to be heading into the tournament.”

Hunter Phillips had the only other hit for South in the first inning, but he was picked off first by Root, who had three strikeouts and two walks.

South awaits its next assignment, which will be in the Maryland Class 3A West tournament.

North Hagerstown 11, South Hagerstown 1
North    200    54    —    11    11    0
South    000    10    —    1    2    2
Root and Williams. Cardone, May (4), J. Miller (5), Martin (5) and Haupt. WP — Root (3-2). LP — Cardone (2-2). HR — NH: Benson (5th, two on).

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