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Prep Baseball: Hubs too much for Leopards

April 05, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — It took a little time, but the North Hagerstown baseball team answered the bell.

Unfortunately for Smithsburg, the Leopards ended up with the ringing in their ears.

The Hubs used timely hitting and some Smithsburg generosity to construct two breakout innings on Friday to sound the alarm for a 24-9 MVAL Antietam victory.

North (6-0, 4-0) scored eight runs in the second inning and added nine in the fourth to pull away for a victory that was satisfying, but unfulfilling.

“We continue to give runs away,” said North coach Drew Crawford. “We gave up too many walks and that’s a big concern because we can’t be doing that if we want to get where we want to be.

“(Smithsburg) came out ready and we were not. We woke up shortly after that.”

The Leopards (2-6, 0-4) probably would have rather seen the Hubs in a coma instead of a catnap.

North scored three in the first to tie the game before unleashing the onslaught that would turn the game into a laugher.

In essence, though, the game that should have been played never showed up.

“It’s a shame that we didn’t see a better game today,” said Smithburg coach Trey Cobb. “We had J.R. (Rinehart) and Andrew (Yacyk) — two quality baseball players who will be playing in college — playing. It should have been a better game.

“The kids didn’t want to play defense. There were 18 walks between the two teams. ... It wasn’t a good day for baseball.”

Rinehart and Yacyk each started the game on the mound, but neither was sharp and neither lasted long.

Yacyk threw eight straight balls before notching a strike.

Yacyk issued four-pitch walks to Zach Krall and Garrett Spinks before getting his first strike against Rinehart. Rinehart retaliated with an RBI single to put Smithsburg on the board. Josh Miller added a two-run single to give the Leopards an early 3-0 lead.

Yacyk threw 34 pitches in the inning, including 20 balls.

“When guys don’t throw strikes, that changes everything,” Crawford said. “We have a habit of digging ourselves a hole. Someday, we aren’t going to get out of it.”

Rinehart had his own struggles to deal with, but his was because of defensive flaws.

Matt Daley reached on an error by Schwartz at short and Yacyk reached on a misplayed slow grounder to third by James Shifler before Troy Carbaugh hit a two-out single to load the bases.

Zane Schreiber followed with a bases-clearing triple to tie the game.

“North can hit the ball. They are a talented team,” said Cobb. “We knew we could be in the game if they gave us a couple of runs and they did in the first. We didn’t capitalize though. You can’t give those chances to North.”

North blew the cork off the game in the second, sending 12 hitters to the plate in the eight-run inning. Walks and catcher Dylan Durning’s dropped ball at the plate opened the door.

Yacyk clubbed a bases-clearing double and Timmy Hartsock added a two-run double to highlight the rally for the 11-3 lead.

“Offensively, we put on a hitting display,” Crawford said. “We knew when we fell behind 3-0 that there was a lot of ballgame left. We were fortunate they only got three in the first, but I’m proud of the way we came back.”

Rinehart was lifted in the second inning and Yacyk didn’t get an out in the third before being lifted.

The Hubs started taking advantage of Smithsburg’s walks and loose play to pull away.

North added four runs in the third, sending nine hitters to the plate, led by an Austin Stone RBI single, to take a 15-3 lead.

Smithburg scored five runs in the fourth to get back into the game. The Leopards got to three North relievers, who hit two batters. Cody Reifel hit an RBI single to highlight the rally to cut the deficit to 15-8.

North finished off the game by sending 15 hitters to the plate in the nine-run fourth. Yacyk had two hits in the inning, including a two-run double, and Stone had a two-run single, moving North to a 24-8 lead.

Reifel hit an RBI double in the fifth for Smithsburg.

Yacyk, who walked six batters, had two hits and drove in five runs, while Stone had two hits and four RBIs. Williams and Carbaugh drove in two runs each.

Cody Messersmith and Reifel, both late-inning replacements, had two hits each for Smithsburg.

Hartsock won the game in relief, replacing Yacyk before Cole Conrad came on to close out the game.

North Hagerstown 24, Smithsburg 9
Smithsburg        300    51    —    9    8    5
North Hagerstown    384    9x    —    24    17    3
Rinehart, Zimmerman (2), Hedjuk (3), Schwartz (4) and Durning, Kolich (4). Yacyk, Hartsock (3), Wagner (4), Conrad (4) and Williams, Edlund (4). WP — Hartsock. LP — Rinehart.

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