North Hagerstown had a chance to put away Williamsport in the season opener at North on Friday, but couldn’t get the job done.
Williamsport found a little opening, took advantage in extending the game, and in the end neither team had a decision.
Darkness made it unsafe to continue, so North Hagerstown will have to wait to try and finish off the win until it goes to Williamsport on May 1 with a 13-5 lead after 5 2/3 innings.
“It’s a lesson learned for our players,” said North coach Drew Crawford. “It’s our fault for the no-decision today. We didn’t put them away.”
John Britton went a solid five innings on 79 pitches, allowing only two hits while striking out six and walking four.
“(Britton) pounded the strike zone and got ahead of guys,” Crawford said. “He threw well except for some walks.”
Britton was staked to a lead when the Hubs touched Williamsport starter Riley Arnone for three runs in the second inning.
Austin Stone led off with a double and scored the first run of the year on a Zane Schreiber single. Schreiber went to second on the throw home and eventually stole third.
Troy Carbaugh blooped a single to right to score Schreiber. He then stole second and scored on a single by Hunter Williams.
North added five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Matt Daley’s three-run homer, before Williamsport made it interesting in the sixth inning.
The Wildcats, who failed to score in the top of the first with runners at the corners, got to Hubs relief pitching for five runs to narrow the gap to 8-5.
But the Wildcats left the bases loaded with the go-ahead run at the plate as Schreiber put out the fire.
“We had other opportunities in the game to score, but our kids fought back,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz. “We had some positives we can take away. Riley battled and (Blake) Harne pitched well in relief.”
As darkness began creep in, North battered Williamsport for five runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a bases-clearing triple by Carbaugh.
At that point, with most of the crowd having already headed for warmth, umpires made the decision to suspend the contest.