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Blazers are own hosts, champions

April 01, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring senior Stacey Yeakle had an MVP performance in the Blazers' own tournament, helping them capture the Clear Spring championship by winning one game with her bat and another game with her arm.

Yeakle had three hits and four RBI to help the Blazers come back from an early 4-0 deficit and defeat North Hagerstown 12-8 in the championship game.

"We all just got together in the dugout and said to each other that we are a much better team than this and we were determined to not lose this game," Yeakle said. "I think today everything that we had came together. We had a lot of leadership and everyone stepped up."

Earlier in the day, Yeakle led Clear Spring to a 5-2 win over Williamsport (1-3) by firing a complete-game two-hitter with nine strikeouts.

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"I think today my pitching was the best that it has been so far this year," Yeakle added. "The defense helped out a lot today."

In the championship, Clear Spring (2-2) erupted for six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead for good at 6-4. Yeakle capped the rally with a tie-breaking, two-run double to center.

After North Hagerstown (1-3) got a run in the third, the Blazers answered back with five more runs in the fourth to expand their lead to 11-5. Yeakle keyed it with a two-run single.

Danielle Brooks had two hits and two RBI, while Tiffany Cobb and Lauryn Lewis added two hits each for the Hubs.

In the semifinal, Nikki Clark hit a two-run triple in the seventh, giving the Blazers added insurance and a 5-1 lead. Megan Creek led Clear Spring with two hits.

Williamsport pitcher Chelsea Jolliffe gave up only three earned runs and struck out six batters.

n Williamsport won the consolation game, 10-2, over Boonsboro (1-2) in five innings, as the tournament featured an eight-run rule.

Denise Sullivan gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings, and added three hits for the Wildcats.

- The Hubs got to the title game by pulling out a 13-11 win over the Warriors. Amanda Wolfe had two hits and three RBI, while Christina Embly and Ashley Ryder had two hits.

Andi Changuris, Shannon Davis, Jessi Hammersla and Britnee Harbaugh had two hits for Boonsboro.

Clear Spring Tournament

Championship Game

Clear Spring 12, North 8

North 311 001 2 -8 9 7

C. Spring 060 501 x - 12 6 3

Wolfe, Routzahn (2) and Brooks. Simmons and Yeakle, Keeney (4). WP - Simmons (1-1). LP - Wolfe.

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