Hiser leads HCC to sweep

April 30, 2001

Hiser leads HCC to sweep

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent
Game 1



Vent and Osbourn. Hiser, Trevey (4), Butts (6), Knous (8) and Smith. WP - Knous (1-3). LP - Vent.

Game 2



Hammond, Aznar (1) and Harrison. Knous, Chernick (5) and Showe. WP - Knous (2-3). LP - Hammond. HR - HCC: Runk (4th, one on).

P.J. Hiser was getting ready to head to first base after the 3-0 pitch went by him.

However, the home plate umpire ruled that the pitch was strike one and not ball four.


That call turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Hiser and the rest of the Hagerstown Community College Hawks.


Hiser hit the next pitch to center for a leadoff triple in the bottom of the eighth inning. After the next two batters were intentionally walked, Andy Smith hit a sacrifice fly to center, enabling the Hawks to edge Frederick Community College 6-5 in the first game of a Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader.

In the second game, the Hawks (24-7) jumped out to a 9-0 lead over the Cougars in the first inning when it drew seven walks and went on to get a 13-3 win, ended after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

"I'm glad that the umpire called it a strike," Hiser said. "Then, I had a chance to get a hit to help win it. I just had a good pitch to hit and I drove the ball. It was a good win for us. We are playing up to our potential."

Hagerstown coach Scott Jennings was impressed with the perseverance of his team.

"P.J. Hiser got the big hit to start the inning," Jennings said. "Then, Andy Smith did his job by stepping up and getting the long fly ball to bring P.J. in. We are not a great hitting team. We have been fortunate in getting a lot of timely hits in key situations this year."

In the first game, Hawks' second baseman Trey Cobb was hurt in a collision with Smith in shallow right field. Cobb suffered a deep bruise on his left hip. His playing status is currently undetermined.

Brooks Williams and Hiser got two hits each, while Smith added three RBI for the Hawks.

Mike Knous was the winning pitcher in both games.

In the second game, Hagerstown leadoff batter Chaz Runk slugged a two-run homer and scored three runs.

"Our offense is starting to come around a little bit better," Runk said. "We are starting to see the ball a little bit better. We just came out and got the job done."

Jon Showe collected three RBI, while Josh Berger added two RBI for the Hawks.

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