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Prep Baseball: Hubs open with win over Wildcats

March 21, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — North Hagerstown head coach Drew Crawford picked up his first varsity victory on Wednesday after the Hubs got their bats warmed up.

Scoring three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth, North carved out an 8-3 victory over Williamsport in the season opener, which also happened to be an MVAL Antietam Conference opener.

“Williamsport gave us a fight, so it’s good to get the first win,” said Crawford.

North’s Alijah Benson hit the first pitch of the season from Zach Lucas over the fence for a 1-0 lead.

The score remained the same until Williamsport broke through for three runs in the fourth off J.T. Root.

The Wildcats left the bases loaded without further scoring when North shortstop Matt Daley made an outstanding putout at second base on a grounder by Nick Sauble.

Charles Cvijanovich led off North’s fifth with a single and Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz removed Lucas, who yielded three hits and walked four in four-plus innings, but scrambled out of trouble in the second and fourth.

“It was the right time to make a move,” said Warrenfeltz.

Sauble entered and hit Andrew Yacyk with a pitch and gave up a one-out single to Alex Courtney to score Cvijanovich. Yacyk and Courtney each advanced one base on the throw home.

Matt Daley delivered a sacrifice fly to score Yacyk and C.J. Owings singled to score Courtney for a 4-3 lead.

In the sixth, North’s Zane Schreiber led off with a single and Benson had a bunt single before Sauble retired the next two batters.

Then, Philip Pietro launched a three-run home run to center and was followed by a solo shot from Courtney.

“Situationally, we couldn’t get the hit early,” said Crawford. “We made some adjustments when (Sauble) came in, trying to drive the ball more up the middle. The homers are nice, but that’s something we won’t rely on all year.”

Pietro, Courtney and Benson each had two hits as North collected 10.

“We had some opportunities early and we just didn’t execute,” said Warrenfeltz. “Sauble threw good and I thought North hit good pitches. We knew they’d be tough.”

John Britton came on in relief of Root and slammed the door with three innings of one-hit relief with no walks and five strikeouts.

“(Britton) did a really nice job,” said Crawford. “It’s nice knowing you have a strike thrower in the bullpen.”

Lucas had two of Williamsport’s five hits.

North Hagerstown 8, Williamsport 3
N. Hagerstown    100    034    0    —    8    10    1
Williamsport    000    300    0    —    3    5    2
Root, Britton (5) and Williams. Lucas, Sauble (5), Boward (6) and Butts. WP—Root (1-0), LP—Sauble (0-1), SV—Britton 1. HR—NH: Benson (1st, none on), Pietro (6th, two on), Courtney (6th, none on).

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