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HCC splits twinbill

April 30, 2000|By JACK HILL III

The fortunes of the Hagerstown Community College Hawks' baseball team went from one extreme to the other on Sunday afternoon.

Hagerstown used timely hitting, good pitching and perfect fielding to win the opening game of a Maryland JUCO Conference doubleheader, 6-4.

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But the Catonsville Cardinals came back to score eight runs in the top of the first inning of the second game to get on track to beat the Hawks, 10-6.

Rick Swauger gave up only two runs during the first six innings for HCC (12-12, 9-5) to get the win. After Swauger gave up a pair of hits at the start of the top of the seventh, P.J. Hiser came in from left field to pitch. Both of those base runners eventually scored for Catonsville (23-9, 18-4) to cut the lead to 6-4.

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But that would be as close as the Cardinals would get as Hiser shut down the rally to get the save for the Hawks.

Chris Shearer and Hiser belted solo home runs for Hagerstown.

During the Hawks three-run second inning, Doug Wynkoop ripped a two-run double and later scored the other run.

Hagerstown did not commit an error in the first game, but the Hawks commited a total of five errors in the second.

Adam Beaver drew a walk, while both Juan Cartagena and Corey Roun singled to left to load the bases for Catonsville in the first inning of the second game. One out later, Greg Prevot forced home a run when he was hit by a pitch and Kevin Whitman followed with a two-run single. Prevot then came home on a wild pitch.

Another out later, Mike Spann walked to reload the bases and Bryan Mosser followed with an RBI single. Beaver ripped a two-run double and Cartagena added an RBI single to complete the eight-run rally for the Cardinals.

Catonsville got its other two runs in the fourth after a pair of errors by Hagerstown.

Cardinals starting pitcher Eddie Augins gave up only two earned runs in six innings to get the win.

"It was nice to see us get some timely hits," Catonsville coach Pat Crouse said. "We were expecting to have a successful season like we have been having. It is what we have been working hard for."

Game 1

HCC 6, Catonsville 4

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Dawson, Hundertmark (2) and Simering. Swauger, Hiser (7) and Wynkoop. WP-Swauger. LP-Dawson. - Hiser. HR: H-Hiser (first, none on) and Shearer (fifth, none on).

Game 2

Catonsville 10, HCC 6

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Augins, Whitman (7), Milligan (7) and Cudzilo, Roun (7). Stewart, Butts (1), Hoffman (7) and Henry. WP-Augins. LP-Stewart. S-Milligan.

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