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Prep Baseball: Rebels doomed by another big inning

April 24, 2013|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The big inning can be a baseball team’s best friend or its worst enemy.

As far as the South Hagerstown Rebels are concerned, the big inning is their worst enemy.

The Rebels gave up eight unearned runs to Frederick in the top of the sixth inning, enough to hand the Cadets an 8-5 win Tuesday at South.

“We have been playing like this for a while,” South coach Zack Swisher said. “In one inning, it seems like something goes wrong. After that, something else goes wrong and then something else goes wrong. Everything just seems to compound. If we can stay away from one big bad inning, we might be successful.”

The first half of the ballgame was a scoreless battle.

South Hagerstown (4-9) broke the ice with one run in the bottom of the fourth. Airin Martin reached on an infield single and Chase Eichelberger singled to center to start the rally. One out later, Josh Shingleton walked to load the bases. With two outs, Timmy Kitchen drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home a run.

Frederick started its eight-run rally with one out in the top of the sixth. Terence Ponder reached on an infield error and advanced to third on a throwing error before scoring on a single to right by Sedale Patton. One out later, Donte Hackett singled to center and Patton scored on the same play on an outfield error.

After Nick Nolan reached on a bunt single to third, Jerel English clubbed a two-run double to left. Winning pitcher Logan Manz helped himself with a RBI single to right. After Mitchell Dalton reached on an infield single, David Valenti hit an RBI single to left. Terence Ponder capped the eight-run rally with a two-run single to center.

The Rebels did not roll over and play dead as they scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to reduce the deficit to 8-5.

Eichelberger got the rally started with a double to right. One out later, Eichelberger took third when Shingleton reached on a throwing error and scored on a single to left by Zac Keener. Shingleton scored on a double to center by Kitchen. After Keener came home on a wild pitch, Kenny Mack singled to center to drive in Kitchen.

English had three hits for the Cadets, while Eichelberger had three hits for the Rebels.

“We hit as a team and we played as a team,” Frederick coach Phil Rhodes said. “As long as we keep battling like we did today, these guys have the potential. We just have to keep attacking the ball.”

Frederick 8, South Hagerstown 5
Frederick    000    008    0    —    8    12    2
South Hagerstown    000    104    0    —    5    9    3
Manz, Remsberg (6) and Nolan. Simms, Forti (6) and Buzzerd. WP — Manz. LP — Simms. SV — Remsberg.

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