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Blazers hot in opener

March 28, 2003|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - Everything went right for the Clear Spring Blazers in their season-opener Tuesday.

And everything went wrong for the Berkeley Springs Indians.

Adam Mills fired a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in five innings as the Blazers beat the Indians 26-0 in a high school baseball game.

Mills, who has signed with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, also hit a three-run home run and finished with five RBI and four runs.

"Everybody was a little excited about playing today, since it was our first game," Mills said. "It's nice to be able to pitch the first game on my own mound. I have a lot of experience here. I felt comfortable out there all day. I feel a little better about getting our first win than those 12 strikeouts. But they're nice, though."

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Matt Dixon had the lone hit for Berkeley Springs (0-3), a one-out single in the top of the fourth inning.

Andy Simmons hit a two-run homer and scored four runs for Clear Spring. Pinch-hitter Brad Turner hit a three-run homer for the Blazers.

The Blazers forced three Indians' pitchers to throw a combined 144 pitches in four innings. Berkeley Springs also committed 12 errors.

Phil Saloom had three hits, two RBI and scored four runs. Kevin Mills and Josh Barnhart each had two hits and scored three runs. Mills added three RBI.

"Our kids played good defense and hit the ball when we had the chance," Clear Spring coach Jim Hutson said.

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