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HCC wins second straight on baseball diamond

March 20, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks' baseball team won its second straight game Tuesday, 13-4 over Mohawk Valley, rebounding from a season-opening, four-game losing streak.

HCC (2-4) took control early by building a huge 10-0 lead over Mohawk Valley (0-3) after three innings.

Sophomore leftfielder Les Martin delivered a pair of hits during the first two innings for the Hawks. Martin finished with four runs scored and one RBI.

"We need to start hitting the ball like we did today more often," Martin said. "We need to do this in the big clutch games. Everybody did a good job of hitting the ball today. We hope that we can keep this going through the southern trip and then we'll be ready for our conference games."

Martin has noticed some improvement in the Hawks' performance over the past few days.

"We started out slow when we got beat by Allegany during the past couple of weekends," Martin added. "But since then, we have got a couple of big wins and that is starting to give the team some confidence. We just hope that we can come through with a great season. We want to show our fans that we are a good ball club."

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Darrell Clopper also had four runs scored with one RBI, while Josh Berger added three RBI for HCC. Martin, Clopper and Berger had two hits apiece

HCC starting pitcher Jeff Kirkpatrick allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the season. HCC relief pitcher Jason Embly finished up with 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the save.

"I felt that, overall, we played pretty well today," Hagerstown coach Scott Jennings said. "We swung the bats pretty well. It takes a little bit of pressure off the pitchers and the defense when you can get a big lead early. The pitchers don't have to throw so fine and they can concentrate on just throwing strikes."

Mohawk Valley 000 301 000 - 4 6 2

Hagerstown 244 010 20x - 13 8 2

Buehler, Westcott (3), Belden (8) and Wilcox, Beach (4). Kirkpatrick, Embly (6) and J. Wenger. WP-Kirkpatrick (1-0). LP-Buehler.

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