Prep baseball: Hard-hit liner changes direction of game as Hubs overwhelm Rebels

March 28, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • South Hagerstown's Ryan Barton, right, shows his disappointment as North Hagerstown's C.J. Owings rounds the bases after his fifth-inning home run on Wednesday during the Hubs' 14-4 victory.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — What might have been the biggest smash off the bat did not result in a base hit on Wednesday.

And some of those smashes helped lead North Hagerstown to a 14-4 win over host South Hagerstown.

North  leadoff batter Charles Cvijanovich ripped the second pitch of the game on a line at South starter Airin Martin.

The ball lashed at Martin’s left calf, who was in obvious pain, but was still able to throw for the putout.

Martin left the game, appearing dazed and confused, but he regained his alertness in a matter of 10 minutes.

“Losing Airin really hurt us on the mound and he’s also our No. 2 hitter,” said South coach Zack Swisher.

Swisher brought in Aaron Roby, who was scheduled to pitch Friday against Clear Spring.

“That was unfortunate for South because we knew Martin was a top arm,” said North coach Drew Crawford.

But North (3-1, 2-1 MVAL) roughed up Roby and began to take control of the game in the third inning to erase South’s 2-1 lead, provided by a two-run home run by Colby Johnson.

Roby walked three and committed a throwing error to allow North to produce the tying run while leaving the bases loaded with none out.

Philip Pietro stepped in and promptly hammered a ball over the center-field fence for a grand slam and a 6-2 lead for the Hubs.

“As the cleanup hitter, Pietro has been doing his job,” said Crawford.

The Hubs added two runs in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Matt Daley and Andrew Yacyk and a single by Alex Courtney.

South (1-3, 0-2) answered with two runs off North starter Ben Bushong on a walk to Johnson and two-run homer by Kenny Mack.

North put six runs up in the fifth against Roby and reliever Jimmy Rice, highlighted by Courtney’s two-run single and a solo home run by C.J. Owings.

“Roby struggled with control, but then again he didn’t think he’d be pitching,” said Swisher. “North is a good team. The grand slam hurt and we made some technical errors out there.”

North generated its offense on nine hits and eight walks. Daley, Pietro, Courtney and Owings each had two hits each, while Pietro had a career-day with six RBIs. Courtney drove in three.

“We still haven’t played a complete game yet,” said Crawford. “We still need to work on all three phases of the game to get in the mind set of putting people away. I don’t think the final score reflects us being that much better than them.”

Bushong went four innings for his second win, allowing five hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Sean Przywieczerski had two of South’s six hits.

North Hagerstown 14, South Hagerstown 4
North    015    26    —    14    9    1
South    020    20    —    4    6    2
Bushong, Wagner (5) and Williams; Martin, Roby (1), Rice (5) and K. Johnson. WP—Bushong. LP—Roby. HR—NH: 3rd, three on), Owings (5th, none on); SH: C. Johnson (2nd, one on), Kenny Mack (4th, one on).

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