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Prep Baseball: North's 12-run inning is more than enough

April 20, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown baseball coach Drew Crawford had a simple pregame message for his players prior to taking the field against Boonsboro on Friday.

Having suffered its lone loss to Boonsboro on March 26, Crawford said he told the Hubs “to look at the big picture and learn from the mistakes we made to lose the game.”

The Warriors gave it their best shot for a season sweep, but North went ballistic in the bottom of the fourth inning. In all, 18 batters stepped into the box and the Hubs scored all 12 of their runs in a 12-0 MVAL Antietam victory in the inning.

North’s Ben Bushong and Boonsboro’s Scott Bennett had been locked in a pitcher’s duel, with Bennett having faced the minimum nine batters through three innings.

From the Boonsboro vantage point, the 12-run inning should never have happened.

Charles Cvijanovich led off with a bouncer to third that Brian Cibula fielded cleanly, but he took too much time getting the ball out of his glove to retire the speedy Cvijanovich.

With Matt Daley up, Cvijanovich broke for second, taking the second baseman out of position as Daley delivered a single to right.

“You need to know (Cvijanovich) is fast, so you have to make the throw quickly,” said Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard. “Then, that opens up second base with a grounder that becomes a base hit. We should have had two outs.”

Andrew Yacyk then delivered a double that scored Cvijanovich to break the scoreless tie.

Philip Pietro, who looked away in disgust after fouling off a pitch, then smacked a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.

After two walks and a single scored Pietro and reloaded the bases, Bushong lifted a weak blooper over Cibula’s head into short left to plate two more runs.

Against relief pitcher Nathan Hardy, Yacyk came to the plate with the bases loaded and drilled a three-run triple to right center. Yacyk scored when the relay throw to third was wild.

Alex Courtney scored the final run on a single by C.J. Owings, who along with Cvijanovich, Daley, Yacyk and Pietro had two hits in the inning.

“The second time through the order you know what (Bennett) had the first time and you adjust,” said Pietro. “Hopefully you take advantage of seeing him again.”

Crawford took note of Bennett’s performance.

“My hat is off to him, he was impressive,” said Crawford.

Pietro also singled in the second, and his three hits pushed his Washington County-leading batting average to .629.

“I was injured a lot last year, so I worked hard during the offseason,” said Pietro.

Boonsboro managed three hits and got three walks, but couldn’t break through against Bushong.

North Hagerstown 12, Boonsboro 0
Boonsboro    000    00    —    0    3    1
North    000    (12)x    —    12    14    0
Bennett, Hardy (4), Butrick (4) and Gregory. Bushong, Wagner (5) and Williams. WP — Bushong. (5-0). LP — Bennett (1-2).

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