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All-County Baseball: Schreiber makes his wait worth it

June 15, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer

Unless he was the next coming of Cy Young, Zane Schreiber was not going to see much action on the mound for the North Hagerstown baseball team as a junior in 2012.

The Hubs already had solid pitching, including eventual 2012 Herald-Mail Washington County Pitcher of the Year J.T. Root.

Schreiber had to wait for his time toeing the rubber until summer ball and then his senior season for the Hubs, as he was to be one of the new arms on a team beginning another quest for a state title.

He was unbeatable at the outset of this season, when North started off 14-0. Schreiber went 5-0 with a 2.05 ERA, striking out 43 and walking only 10 in 27 1/3 innings. He even threw in a save for good measure as opposing batters hit only .185 for the year.

Patience paid off. Schreiber is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Pitcher of the Year.

Little did Schreiber know after compiling those numbers that his pitching season would end prematurely.

He developed a bone bruise on the inside of his right (pitching) elbow. Not wanting to risk a fracture, he was relegated to playing first base for the remainder of the year.

“The injury was a setback, a disappointment for me and for the team,” Schreiber said. “Losing in the states (7-5 to Bel Air) was a disappointment, but we had a lot of positives from the season. We had some record numbers. We had a good team, good camaraderie. We didn’t expect to get cut short.”

Schreiber will continue to strengthen his arm over the summer and get ready for his first season at George Washington University, where he signed to play in October.

“Time flies, played a lot of baseball (since Federal Little League), said Schreiber, who stands about 6-foot-2 and has increased his playing weight to around 200 pounds. “Division I has been a goal and I’m going to continue to work my butt off in the gym.”

“He always had tremendous stuff. He just began to figure out what he could do with it once he learned to locate the ball,” Hubs coach Drew Crawford said.

Schreiber was tough at the plate, too, hitting .394 for the Hubs with 28 hits, four doubles, 22 RBIs and eight walks and adding nine steals.

“Really, nobody deserves success more than Zane does,” Crawford said. “His character is off the charts. He holds himself accountable to himself and others and he has tremendous work ethic.”

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