Prep Baseball: Hubs make late move to find way to repel Rebels

April 24, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • South Hagerstown runner Chase Eichelberger (15) reaches first base safely by ducking under a flying tag attempt by North Hagerstown first baseman Andrew Yacyk.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Raindrops or not, North Hagerstown found itself in a dogfight with rival South Hagerstown before the Hubs unleashed themselves for an 8-3 MVAL Antietam Conference win on Wednesday.

It didn’t happen until the bottom of the sixth inning for the unbeatean Hubs (12-0, 8-0), who finally got into a comfortable situation.

Holding a 4-3 lead, thanks to an unearned run in the fifth, North opened things up with four runs on a six-hit barrage.

“It was a good one,” said North coach Drew Crawford. “They always play us good.”

But don’t tell South coach Zack Swisher it’s a moral victory just for playing well against North.

“We play good against the good teams and bad against the bad teams, but lately its been one inning in every game that costs us,” Swisher said.

Two errors by South (4-10, 1-7) led to North to a 3-1 lead in the fourth before the Rebels’ next mistake in the fifth.

With two out and the bases empty after South pitcher Airin Martin picked Zane Schreiber off first, the Hubs loaded the bases. Mark Grunberg sent a bouncer to short, looking like Colby Johnson would throw to first to make the play. Instead, he lost control of the ball and allowed North to take the lead.

“That error should have been a cupcake play,” Swisher said.

South committed five errors and the bats didn’t give much support to Martin, who had his best game of the year through the first five innings.

“(Martin) had command of his pitches the first few innings,” Crawford said.

Andrew Yacyk scored North’s go-ahead run in the fifth on Blake Hissong’s fielding error at second base.

In the sixth, Matt Daley and Yacyk delivered RBI singles before a run scored on an error. Troy Carbaugh added an RBI single to cap the inning.

Schreiber (5-0) picked up the win, allowing four hits, while walking four and striking out seven.

“(Schreiber) threw well for them,” Swisher said. “We just didn’t get the hit we needed early in the game.”

South took an early 1-0 lead, but left the bases loaded against Schreiber.

The Hubs fell victim to mental errors by commiting two errors and having two runners were picked off first base.

“(South) got us out of our comfort zone early,” Crawford said “But that’s a sign of our team to break through.”

Four Hubs — Daley, Yacyk, Carbaugh and Timmy Hartsock — had two hits each.

Chase Eichelberger had two of South’s hits and drove in two runs.

North Hagerstown 8, South Hagerstown 3
South    100    020    0    —    3    4    5
North    100    214    x    —    8    12    2
Martin, C. Johnson (6) and Buzzerd; Schreiber, Shindle (6), Conrad (7) and Williams. WP — Schreiber (5-0). LP — Martin.

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