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Prep Baseball: Hubs get to the Root of things

April 30, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Sftaa Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN —
The wins keep piling up for North Hagerstown baseball.
Behind an impressive six innings from J.T. Root, the Hubs housed the Williamsport Wildcats 7-1 in Monday’s MVAL Antietam contest.

Despite his hitless streak coming to an end at 13 1/3 innings with Brandon Greene’s leadoff single, Root settled in and found his groove, totaling 11 strikeouts and four walks for his sixth victory without a loss.

“They’re going to get hits, that’s just part of the game,” said North coach Drew Crawford. “The big thing for J.T. was getting out of instances where (Williamsport) could have big hits. He was able to minimize the damage by getting the outs early in innings.”

North (14-1, 9-1) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Charles Cvijanovich and Andrew Yacyk each scored on errors and Philip Pietro hit a sac fly to score Matt Daley. The Hubs added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning on RBI-singles by Root and C.J. Owings.

“We had a lot of good team at-bats,” said Crawford. “We were able to execute situational baseball in getting those three runs early and grabbing the momentum.”

Williamsport’s lone run came in the top of the fourth inning on a solo home run by Tyler Byers. The Wildcats were in position to add to their total with Riley Arnone on third and Nick Williams on second with one out, but Root struck out Colby Byers and induced a 6-3 groundout from Nick Sauble.

“I think J.T. pitched a heck of a game. He really had us off-balance with his speed and location,” said Williamsport coach Dave Warrenfeltz.

The Hubs added another run in the bottom of the fourth when Yacyk singled to knock in Daley, who reached base on an error. Root’s second RBI single in the fifth scored Alex Courtney for the final score.

Zach Lucas took the loss for Williamsport (9-7, 6-5), though only two of his seven runs were earned. The Wildcats totaled five errors in the game which led to four runs.

“I think we did a good job on the mound, but defensively, even on plays without an error, we had some mental mistakes,” Warrenfeltz said. “Zach did a great job and so did Ryan (Boward, who pitched two innings of relief) behind him. We just didn’t give them help.”

Williamsport    000    100    0    —    1    5    5
North Hagerstown    302    110    x    —    7    6    0
Lucas, Boward (5) and C. Byers. Root, Yacyk (7) and Williams. WP — Root (6-0). LP — Lucas. HR — T. Byers (4th, none on).

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