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Prep Notebook: Hubs' Yacyk has monster week

April 19, 2012

Baseball

The broken-down details of how many batting averages dropped in the past week would be rather extensive.

Many players lost up to 50 points off their average — although it does not appear that many earned run averages have gone down.

One player who has been bucking the latest hitting trends is North Hagerstown junior Andrew Yacyk.

Maybe it was the bumps and bruises sustained during the basketball season that kept Yacyk from getting started quickly. But he sure has picked it up of late.

Two weeks ago, Yacyk’s batting averaged languished below .300 and he did not make the weekly stats chart. Last week, he managed to crawl onto the bottom with a .308 mark.

This is another week, though, and Yacyk jumped to a .412 average thanks to a home-run hitting barrage that included two against Clear Spring and three against Century, in a game in which he drove in six runs.

Yacyk now has seven homers and 23 RBIs for the power-driven Hubs. Yacyk became the third North player to hit three homers in one game, joining Randy Butts in 1982 and Matt Tedrick in 2002.

He also set a single-game record for total bases with 13, breaking the mark of 12 set in 2001 by Matt Johnson.

Charles Cvijanovich had reached base safely in 17 straight games until his streak ended on Monday. The old mark was nine.



Softball

The MVAL Antietam race appears to have come down to three games remaining between Clear Spring (11-0, 9-0), Smithsburg (11-1, 7-1) and Catoctin (5-4, 5-2) — unless one of the other five Antietam teams pulls off a significant upset.

While the Cougars’ path to at least a share of the Antietam title is unlikely — Catoctin would have to beat Clear Spring this afternoon and Smithsburg on May 2, as well as have the Blazers suffer a second loss, most likely against the Leopards on May 4 — they can certainly put a dent in the hopes of either Clear Spring or Smithsburg.

The Blazers travel to Thurmont this afternoon looking to sweep the season series from the Cougars. In both teams’ season opener on March 21, Clear Spring scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 1-0 victory.

Catoctin also took Smithsburg into extra innings in the first meeting between the teams a week ago, before the Leopards pulled out a 7-4 victory.

* Quick question: Aside from Clear Spring and Smithsburg, which Tri-State area team would you assume has the best winning percentage?

The answer might surprise you: It’s Hancock.

The Panthers (5-2) either win big or lose big. In its five victories, Hancock has outscored St. Maria Goretti, Maryland School for the Deaf (twice), Bishop Walsh and Saint James by a combined 74-21. The Panthers suffered a 14-0 loss to Clear Spring and a 14-1 loss to Tussey Mountain.

Three Hancock hitters — Tiffany Younker (.550), Jessica Martin (.520) and Emily Harvey (.500) — are batting at least .500, and two more — Tatum True (.481) and Haley Demory (.478) — are just under it.

— This week’s prep notebook was compiled by staff writers Daniel Kauffman and Tim Koelble.

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