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Prep Baseball: Easy doesn't do it as Rebels' early lead isn't key against Key

March 23, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown’s baseball team waltzed through Francis Scott Key early and then held on to post a 9-6 victory on a sunny Friday.

The Rebels (1-1) jumped to an 8-0 lead after three innings and finished off the game escaping a seventh-inning bases-loaded jam to give coach Zack Swisher his first victory as South’s varsity coach.

“I’m happy but more happy for the kids because they have worked so hard in the preseason,” said Swisher.

Two hits — one of the infield variety — and an error loaded the bases for FSK in the top of the seventh to give the Eagles the opportunity for a big rally.

Jake Engel lined out to Ryan Barton at second, who flipped the ball to shortstop Airin Martin to double up Alex Eckenridge at second to secure the win.

South greeted FSK starter Denton Fox with a three-run first inning on four hits and an error. Martin and Brandon Hess each had run-scoring singles.

FSK made a pitching change in the second, turning to Danny Doyle, and the Rebels greeted the right-hander with four runs.

Martin drove in Tim Kitchen, who had singled and stole second before Sean Przywieczerski walked.

Keith Johnson followed with a three-run home run on a shot to left-center field to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead.

“We wanted to come out and be more aggressive than we were against Tuscarora,” said Swisher. “We wanted the first pitch to be the one we wanted.”

Roby gave up a two-run double to Engel in the fourth and then seemed in dire straits in the fifth.

The Eagles score three runs without a hit in the inning, thanks to four South errors to cut the deficit to 9-5.

Sines gave up a run in the sixth on a single and two-base error in his first inning of relief.

“Roby pitched good and got key outs early where he needed them,” said Swisher. “He mixed up his pitches with his sidearm delivery.”

But the errors in the latter stages left the coach uneasy.

“We led early and we have to understand to be on our toes at all times, that no lead is safe,” said Swisher.

South had 10 hits, including two each by Johnson, Hess, Martin and Przywieczerski.

South Hagerstown 9, Francis Scott Key 6
F.S. Key    000    231    0    —    6    9    3
South    341    100    x    —    9    10    5
Fox, Doyle (2) and Greifzu. Roby, Sines (6) and K. Johnson. WP—Roby (1-0). LP—Fox. SV—Sines. HR— South: K. Johnson (2nd, two on).

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