Clear Spring blanks Hancock

March 30, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring coach Jim Hutson had a lot to marvel about on Thursday.

And in a game with a lot of heroes for the Blazers, Adam Mills was Captain Marvel.

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Mills, a freshman pitcher, handcuffed the Panthers on five hits and wiggled out of two bases-loaded situations to lead Clear Spring to a 10-0 victory in a game decided by fundamental differences.

Clear Spring cashed in on Mills' outing with timely hitting while Hancock wasted numerous opportunities which ended up costing it the game. Still, the Panthers only trailed 2-0 until Clear Spring scored eight times in the sixth to end the game by the 10-run rule.

"We got a lot of key hits but the biggest key was the composure of a freshman pitcher," Hutson said. "He pitched well. He got out of two innings with the bases loaded and none out. It doesn't matter what grade he's in, that's nerve wracking."


Hancock (0-4) had its chance to dictate the game with the bases loaded in a scoreless tie in the third. But Mills tagged out Ricky Snow at the plate after a wild pitch and got Paul Norris to ground out back to the mound for the second out to get out of the inning unscathed.

Tony Mirra gave Mills the only run he needed with an opposite field home run to right in the third.

Then it came down to the opportunities Clear Spring (2-1) cashed in on and Hancock went bankrupt over.

The Blazers got an insurance run in the fifth when Mirra stole second after reaching on a fielder's choice and scored when Ricky Myers pulled a grounder through the hole that Hancock second baseman Chris Wills vacated while trying to keep Mirra close to the bag.

Hancock had its second shot at breaking through in the sixth when Chris Dobrzanski and Doug Steiner led off with singles. After Wills coaxed Jacob Pittman to pop a bunt up to him before a Josh Keyton fielding error on Chris Robair's grounder loaded the bases. Wills struck out Wills and pinch hitter Dustin Yost to end the threat.

Wills struck out seven and walked four in his complete game win.

"We didn't do some fundamental things and didn't get the key hits in the right situations," Hancock coach Danny Kerns said.

Hancock's Danny Keefer matched Wills until tiring in the sixth when the Blazers ended the game. Clear Spring sent 13 batters to the plate to score the eight runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Myers and a bases-loaded walk to Dustin Taylor off reliever Norris to end the game.

"If (Hancock) had scored (in the bases-loaded situations), it would have been a different game," Hutson said. "But when they didn't, I think it took some of the wind out of their sails. Mills was impressive."

Clear Spring 10, Hancock 0


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Keefer, Norris (6) and Dobrzanski; Mills and Myers. HR-CS: Mirra (3rd, none on). WP-Mills. LP-Keefer.

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