Prep Baseball: Hubs make their hits count

April 19, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • North shortstop Matt Daley fields the ball against Tuscarora during Wednesday's game.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown baseball team finally got its bats going against Tuscarora’s Bailey McAullife in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday.

The Hubs came back from a 2-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth and then contained a rally by the Titans to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

McAullife took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth, before Zane Schreiber started North’s rally with a one-out single to center. After Schreiber stole second, Hunter Williams and Austin Stone both drew walks to load the bases.

Senior second baseman Charles Cvijanovich then cleared the bases by belting a three-run double to left to put the Hubs on top 4-2. Cvijanovich took third on the relay throw to home plate and then scored when Matt Daley hit a sacrifice fly to left.

“He threw me a fastball and I just put the ball in play,” Cvijanovich said. “We were just able to hit when we needed it. We just showed a lot of character in battling back. We have a strong team and we have a shot at going to the state tournament.”

North coach Drew Crawford said he was disappointed that the Hubs weren’t hitting as they are capable of doing.

“Offensively, our approach was awful today,” Crawford said. “We only had two hits coming off of a 17-hit attack in the previous game. But we were able to scrap out enough runs to get the victory. I still feel that we have got room to improve in every phase of the game. We are going to have to play more consistently if we are going to make a big run in the Maryland Class 3A playoffs.”

Senior pitcher Aaron Jones got the win for North (11-1) to raise his pitching record to 4-0. Jones gave up only three hits and had seven strikeouts in five innings. After John Britton pitched an inning of relief for the Hubs, Andrew Yacyk pitched the final inning of relief for the Hubs and picked up his first save of the season.

Zach Woodward had two hits and two RBIs for Tuscarora (1-10).

Matt Clemons singled to center and Randy Baugher walked to start a rally for the Titans in the top of the sixth. One out later, Woodward singled to center to drive in Clemons and send Baugher to third. The Titans then pulled off a successful double steal as Woodward stole second right before Baugher stole home to cut the Hubs’ lead down to 5-4. But the Titans would not get any closer than that.

“Our pitchers threw the ball well today,” Crawford said. “We made the defensive plays as well when we had to.”

North Hagerstown 5, Tuscarora 4
Tuscarora    000    202    0    —    4    4    2
North    010    040    x    —    5    2    1
McAullife and Smith. Jones, Britton (6), Yacyk (7) and Williams. WP — Jones (4-0). LP — McAullife. S — Yacyk (1).

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