Hoboes run wild over Atomics

LHS baseball

Tyler Grezlik takes a cut at a pitch during the first inning of the Laurel Hill baseball team's win over Poplar Springs on Monday.

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 05:34 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Don’t tell the Laurel Hill School baseball team that it doesn’t pay to steal — bases that is.

Eight stolen bases by the Hoboes played a key role in all five of Laurel Hill runs in a 5-1 win over Poplar Springs in the District 1-1A opener Monday.

While steals sparked the Laurel Hill offense, it was senior Tyler Grezlik’s pitching that kept the Atomic bats silent throughout the game.

Grezlik worked 6-1/3 innings before being replaced by Bryson Cooper with two runners on base in the seventh. Cooper, an eighth-grader, retired the final two batters, sealing the Laurel Hill (1-2, 1-0) win.

“We were able to run a little bit, but we’ve got to hit the ball better,” Laurel Hill coach Ronnie Smith said. “I thought Grezlik got out there and battled all night long. I was real proud of his effort.

“Like I said, we kind of manufactured a few runs stealing it and they threw a couple of ways (that led to Laurel Hill runs).”

In a scene that would be repeated for the Hoboes throughout the game, Max Smith drew a one-out walk from Atomic pitcher Blake Joiner in the bottom of the first inning.

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