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Prep Baseball: North rallies to keep South from rising

May 05, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Charles Cvijanovich fires to first to try for a double play after retiring South Hagerstown's Kenny Mack on Saturday during the Hubs' 11-6 win.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown went toe-to-toe with rival North Hagerstown for nearly three innings but that’s simply not good enough to match a team like the Hubs.

What started off as a back-and-forth battle became all North as the Hubs took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third inning to start a march to an 11-6 victory Saturday afternoon, clinching at least a tie for the MVAL Antietam title.

North (16-1) stands at 11-1 and holds a two-game lead over Catoctin with two conference games remaining.

North’s Aaron Jones and South’s Zach Sines were the starters but somewhat ineffective through the first three innings.

The Hubs’ Matt Daley led off the third with a double to start a rally with Philip Pietro, Alex Courtney and Alijah Benson collecting RBIs to take the lead.

Jones, who allowed a two-run double to Jordan Dickens in the second, survived a potential threat in the third with the help of a nifty 1-6-3 double play to escape by allowing just one run.

North seized the momentum in the top of the fourth as Jones finally got through an inning without a score.

“We played maybe the best team in the state for three innings and then we began to make too many errors,” said South coach Zack Swisher.

Indeed, the South defense had some holes at inopportune times, despite turning a pair of double plays.

North knocked Sines out of the game with a five-run fourth inning, started by Hunter Williams’ single, a walk to Charles Cvijanovich and Daley’s sacrifice bunt that turned into two runs when Sines threw wildly past first to give the Hubs a 7-4 lead.

Yacyk reached on an error to score Daley and Philip Pietro followed by sending a pitch out of the park for his sixth home run of the year and 10-4 lead.

“Jones getting through the fourth was big but we knew how we needed to approach (South) at the plate,” said North coach Drew Crawford. “It was Jones’ first start in two weeks so he had some rust on him in the beginning.”

North added a final run in the sixth when Pietro was hit by a pitch, broke for second on a steal and scored when South (6-14, 4-10) made two errant throws.

“You always have a good feeling with Philip that everytime he comes up something good is going to happen,” said Crawford.

North still has to complete a suspended Antietam game at Brunswick. It will also face Catoctin in the regular season home finale on Wednesday. The Hubs also play at Thomas Johnson on Monday.

South ends the regular season and will wait for the playoff assignment. The draw will be conducted on Wednesday.

North Hagerstown 11, South Hagerstown 6
South    121    000    2    —    6    6    6
North    113    501    x    —    11    8    2
Sines, Hess (4) and K. Johnson. A. Jones, Britton (5), Dopson (6), Wagner (7), Yacyk (7) and Williams. WP—Jones. LP—Sines. HR—NH: Pietro (4th, one on).

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