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HCC sweeps away Mohawk

March 19, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College opened its home baseball schedule Tuesday, using a pair of fifth-inning outbursts to spark a doubleheader sweep of Mohawk Valley (N.Y.), 5-3 and 11-1.

"I thought that we played well defensively all day," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "All of our pitchers threw the ball well all day today. They kept us in the game. The bats came alive late in both games. We still have to do a better job of hitting."

Trailing 2-1 in the first game, Brad Kimball started HCC's rally with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Paul Conway. After Ryan Brady walked, Justin Wenger got an RBI single to left to tie the score at 2-2. Nick Wenger - Justin's twin brother - delivered a two-run double to put HCC (8-3-1) in front for good.

After Mohawk Valley (0-6) got a run in the top of the sixth, HCC responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Conway.

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Jeff Buterworth (2-0) got the win, allowing one run in three innings of relief. Colby Rickabaugh retired the side in order in the seventh to get his third save.

In the second game, HCC was leading 3-1 in the fifth when it erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. The big blows were a two-run double by Nick Wenger and a two-run triple by Rickabaugh that ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

"Those big fifth-inning rallies helped us out," Nick Wenger said. "We were starting to see the ball real well then. Everything was really starting to go our way towards the end of both games. If isn't wasn't for our pitching and defense, I don't think that our record would be as good as what it is."

Wenger was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the first game and 3-for-4 with three RBI in the second.

Ryan Devlin (3-0) allowed one run during the first three innings to get the second win of the day for the Hawks.

Zach Barkdoll collected two hits and two RBI, while Rickabaugh and Ryan Harju added two hits each for HCC in the second game.

"We finally came alive swinging the bat in the fifth inning of the second game," Jennings said. "That is the way that I like to see them hit all the time. We have big-inning potential."

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