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Prep Baseball: Classic stars only get fitted for ties

May 28, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hedgesville's Daniel Heleine stretches to catch a high throw to first base to record the out against North Hagerstown's Aaron Jones on Monday during the Mid Atlantic Baseball Classic at Municipal Stadium.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Players came to the Mid Atlantic Baseball Classic loose and ready to play.

But the four teams left Municipal Stadium fit to be tied.

No one won and no one lost as both games in the all-star exhibition were finished dead even on Monday as the Diamond Stars game ended in a 7-7 deadlock before the MABC Elite Game ended a 4-4 draw, both after nine innings.

“This is the first time that we have ever had a tied game and we had two of them today,” MABC director Dave Foltz said. “Nobody left unhappy because there were no losers today.”

North Hagerstown’s Alex Courtney had two hits and three RBIs for the American team to win won Most Valuable Player trophy in the Diamond Stars game.

National led 7-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning until Courtney started a comeback by ripping a two-run single to left to reduce the deficit to two runs.

“I knew that we were down big and we couldn’t get any momentum going during the game,” Courtney said. “It was a changeup inside and I pulled it down the line.”

American scored with the help of an outfield error before Courtney crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to right by Rob Ricciuti to tie the game.

Courtney added an RBI double in the third.

American’s Tyler Byers, of Williamsport, and National’s Brad Spickler, of Smithsburg, each pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the tie.

“I thought that all day we were one or two hits away from getting back into the ballgame,” American coach David Warrenfeltz said. “We finally got some big hits there in the eighth.”

Middletown’s Conner Myers led the National had two hits and three stolen bases to earn MVP honors in the MABC Elite game.

National led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth until American rallied.

Clear Spring’s Nick Hill reached on a throwing error and stole second before North Hagerstown’s Phillip Pietro walked. North’s Charles Cvijanovich hit a one-out single to left to score Hill.

Pietro scored the tying run on a two-out wild pitch before Smithsburg’s Brock Heiston singled to center to bring in Cvijanovich for th 4-3 lead.

But National scored one run in the top of the ninth to force the game-ending tie.

“It was good for us that we rallied late, because their pitchers threw zeroes during the first six innings,” American manager Drew Crawford said. “I was really impressed with the pitching arms for both teams today.”

Chad Colliflower threw out the ceremonial first pitch, throwing to Williamsport’s Zach Lucas, before the second game in a tribute to his son Brendon, the Wildcats pitcher who died in an auto accident earlier this month.

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