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Prep Baseball: Hubs erase early deficit, down South

April 03, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Mark Grunberg, left, is safe at second base as South Hagerstown shortstop Colby Johnson tries to make a play Wednesday at South.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown faced its largest deficit of the season right away in its baseball contest against South Hagerstown on Wednesday.

It didn’t take long for the Hubs to rally from a 3-0 deficit as they went on to post a 6-4 win over the Rebels on a sunny, but windy and cold, afternoon for the MVAL Antietam Conference matchup.

“I give credit to (South) being an improved team, but we didn’t get down when we were behind,” North coach Drew Crawford said. “This kind of game helps build some character in your team.”

South (3-2, 1-1) hit John Britton for three runs in the bottom of the first as the Hubs right-hander had trouble finding the plate, walking two of the first three batters.

Alex Miller singled to drive in Tim Kitchen and Colby Johnson, who had reached on the second walk, scored on a single by Kenny Mack, who eventually scored the third run on a wild pitch before Britton retired the side on two strikeouts.

North (5-0, 3-0) immediately took the lead in the top of the second against South’s Aaron Roby, who had retired the side in order in the first inning.

Aaron Stone walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Troy Carbaugh. Zane Schreiber then walked before a pivotal play in the inning came up.

Britton hit a difficult bouncer to Johnson at short. Johnson moved to his left to field the ball, which looked like a potential double-play ball or at least a forceout at second. However, the ball ricocheted off Johnson’s glove, allowing Carbaugh to score.

“(Johnson) makes that play many more times than misses,” said South coach Zack Swisher. “It was a spinning ball and took a tough hop.”

With Britton and Carbaugh in scoring position, Hunter Williams showed a big bat from the No. 9 position in the batting order with a two-run single for a 4-3 North lead.

“I think that shows the depth of our lineup top to bottom,” Crawford said.

South knotted the game 4-4 in the bottom of the third on a walk to Johnson and consecutive singles by Miller and Mack.

The Hubs took the lead for good in the fifth. Williams singled, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Mark Grunberg’s single to center. Grunberg reached second when the ball was overrun in center.

Matt Daley reached on an infield single with Grunberg moving to third and then scoring on a fielder’s choice by Andrew Yacyk.

Britton left after five innings of work and Tyler Shindle came in to post a two-inning save, striking our four after Britton had fanned seven.

Kitchen led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, but Shindle struck out the side to end the game.

“(Britton) had some heat and pounded the zone,” Crawford said.

South had another opportunity get blown out the window in the bottom of the fifth when Airin Martin singled and Johnson walked for the third time with no outs.

But Britton, who tweaked a knee earlier in the game, retired the next three Rebels.

“It was disappointing to lose a 3-0 lead, and to be a good team you have to beat a very good team like North,” Swisher said. “We had our opportunities.”

North Hagerstown 6, South Hagerstown 4
North    040    020    0    —    6    6    0
South    301    000    0    —    4    6    3
Britton, Shindle (6) and Williams. Roby, Sines (6), Hissong (7) and Bickford. WP — Britton. LP — Roby. S — Shindle.

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