Prep Baseball: Hubs get bats going to rally past Blazers

April 15, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown and Clear Spring baseball teams went toe to toe in the early stages of Monday’s MVAL Antietam Conference tilt, with a pure pitchers’ duel taking center stage.

But batters made adjustments, and when North recorded the final out on a cool, breezy and overcast day, the Hubs had a 7-4 victory to remain unbeaten.

North’s John Britton and Clear Spring’s Jared Brant were sharp early, with the Blazers (5-2, 5-2) holding a 1-0 lead through three innings, thanks to Ryan Aaron’s RBI single in the second.

Brant allowed a leadoff hit to Mark Grunberg, then retired nine straight through three innings before North (9-0, 6-0) got its bats in action.

“(Brant) had good stuff, but once we got to see what he was throwing, we were able to get going in the fourth,” Hubs coach Drew Crawford said.

Brant recorded the first two outs before Andrew Yacyk singled, Austin Stone walked and Troy Carbaugh doubled in both runners to give North a 2-1 lead.

“(Troy) has come alive with the bat and has some confidence,” Crawford said.

Zane Schreiber followed with an RBI double for a 3-2 advantage, knocking Brant off of the hill.

“(Jared) gets better every game and today he had another inning of maturity,” Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said.

Clear Spring answered off Tyler Shindle, who entered in the third to replace Britton, who left with a sore right arm.

Dylan Appel and Logan Appel led off with singles and moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Dylan Appel scored on an RBI groundout by Dylan Stouffer, and Brant drove in Logan Appel on another groundout to give the Blazers a 4-3 lead.

The Hubs answered against Clear Spring reliever Jacob Brant. Ryan Byard and Grunberg each singled, both moved up a base on steals and Matt Daley walked to load the bases.

Yacyk made it 4-4 with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Byard, and Stone drove in the go-ahead run with a single that scored Grunberg. Carbaugh then doubled, bringing in Daley for a 6-4 lead. Daley scored the final North run on a roped double by Carbaugh.

Schreiber also showed his versatility on the mound, throwing a perfect two innings of relief to preserve the win.

“When (Zane) is right he is the closest thing to a shutdown closer,” Crawford said. “And I can’t say enough about Shindle. He comes in and hold a top-hitting team like Clear Spring to two runs in three innings.”

Shives agreed: “That’s why (George Washington) signed him. He is a Division I closer.”

Shives also thought his defense, with two errors, was a little generous.

“I thought we gave a game away,” he said. “We’re just not prepared to play the middle innings. We’re on the road with a 4-3 lead and can’t finish.”

Grunberg and Carbaugh had two hits each and Yacyk’s single in the fourth was the 99th hit in his North baseball career, tying the school record set by T.J. Hose.

Note: The Clear Spring/Smithsburg rainout on April 12 has been rescheduled for May 2. ... North Hagerstown’s game scheduled for Wednesday at home against Century has been moved to Thursday.

North Hagerstown 7, Clear Spring 4
Clear Spring    010    120    0    —    4    7    2
North    000    340    x    —    7    9    0
Jr. Brant, Jc. Brant (4), D. Appel (5) and Elwood, Stouffer (5). Britton, Shindle (3), Schreiber (6) and Williams. WP — Shindle (1-0). LP — Jc. Brant (0-1). S — Schreiber (1).

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