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Prep Baseball: Hubs march past Leopards

April 25, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The parade of hits and runs keeps on coming for the North Hagerstown baseball team.

The Hubs rapped out 10 hits and, along with seven walks, put them all to good use in reaching their season scoring average, knocking off Smithsburg 12-2 on Wednesday in five innings.

“From the top of the order to the middle, we’re strong, and I think we’re getting better at the bottom,” said North coach Drew Crawford.

North (13-1, 8-1 MVAL Antietam) took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and then put together a four-run third and six-run fourth to make it a short afternoon.

J.T. Root exended his hitless streak to 13 1/3 innings with four innings of work to gain his fifth win.

He allowed a first-inning run with wildness, issuing two walks, throwing two wild pitches and committing a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that plated a run for Smithsburg.

After two good innings, Root again was wild in the fourth, walking one and hitting two batters before leaving the bases stranded.

“J.T. battled through four innings,” said Crawford. “He was wild high with his mechanics. Having to battle through that problem, it might have been good for him to experience those problems now.”

When he was in the mechanical groove, Root made it hard on Smithsburg batters, striking out eight.

“(Root) threw a heck of a four innings,” said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb.

North’s Andrew Yacyk doubled in Matt Daley for a run in the first and Root scored on a single by Alijah Benson in the second for a 2-1 lead.

Charles Cvijanovich earned a leadoff walk in the third from Smithsburg’s Josh Miller, and he was followed by Matt Daley’s double, a walk to Yacyk to load the bases and a two-run double by Philip Pietro.

North made it 5-3 on a groundout RBI by C.J. Owings and an RBI double by Root for a 6-3 lead.

Benson started the fourth for North with an infield bunt single, and he scored from first on a double by Cvijanovich. Daley walked and Yacyk smacked a two-run double for a 9-1 lead.

Yacyk, Root and Benson had two hits each for the Hubs.

The Leopards (2-13, 0-9), in the midst of one of the their worst years in recent memory, had one ball hit out of the infield.

“The way we played, it didn’t look like we wanted to win today, and that’s a shame,” said Cobb. “We could have fought harder. We weren’t ready to hit the ball and didn’t give (Miller) any support. We know we can win, we just have not played well.”

North Hagerstown 12, Smithsburg 2
Smithsburg    100    01    —    2    0    0
North    114    6x    —    12    10    1
Miller, Tracy (4), Lee (4) and Shifler. Root, Schreiber (5) and Williams. WP—Root (5-0), LP—Miller (0-2).

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