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Prep Baseball: Hubs rally to beat Leopards after blowing big lead

April 26, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — The North Hagerstown baseball team rolled into Smithsburg on Friday afternoon undefeated and left without a blemish on its record.

Despite the Hubs squandering a 7-0 lead, they rallied in the seventh inning to edge the Leopards 10-8 in an error-filled game to improve to 14-0 (9-0 MVAL Antietam).

“We are the worst 14-0 team in the history of baseball,” said North coach Drew Crawford. “If there is a worse team, I’ve never seen it. We need to clean some things up in a hurry or our season is going to end a lot sooner than we want it to.”

Maybe it was North’s four errors or maybe it was blowing a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning to end up trailing 8-7 heading into the seventh that led Crawford to his proclamation.

Smithsburg battled back late in the game and got some key hits by some its unheralded players.

Freshman Joey Schwartz came through for the Leopards (4-10, 2-7) in the fifth inning with an RBI double then drove in the game-tying and tie-breaking runs in the sixth inning to put Smithsburg up 8-7.

“We’re still young and some of the young guys got thrown into the fire,” Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. “I thought (Schwartz) responded well to the varsity game.”

The Smithsburg bench and its surrounding fans were excited heading to the seventh inning, but the Hubs sprung back to life.

Andrew Yacyk and Austin Stone — North’s first two batters in the seventh — both reached base on singles and later scored for the Hubs to retake the lead.

Yacyk was scored on Timmy Hartstock’s sacrifice fly and Stone scored on a throwing error to put the Hubs up 9-8. Josh Barron drove in North’s third run with an RBI single.

“It was great to see us come back and show some heart in a key situation,” Crawford said. “But give Smithsburg a lot of credit for crawling back in it.”

The Leopards committed a total of six errors, including three in the first three innings that helped the Hubs build their 7-0 lead.

Matt Daley scored first for North on a fielding error. Another fielding error plated two runs for the Hubs in the second and a two-run double by Hartstock highlight the four-run third inning to put North Hagerstown up 7-0.

N. Hagerstown 10, Smithsburg 8
North    124    000    3    —    10    7    4
Smithsburg     001    016    0    —    8    6    6
Conrad, Carbaugh (6), Yacyk (6) and Williams. Reifel, Tracey (3) and Durning. WP — Yacyk. LP — Tracey.

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