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HCC sweeps Mohawk Valley

March 16, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Tim Biser put the finishing touches on the Hagerstown Community College baseball team's doubleheader sweep of visiting Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) on Monday.

After HCC came back from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-6 in the first game, Biser took the mound for the second game and was nearly perfect. The sophomore left-hander struck out eight and walked one on his way to pitching a no-hit shutout as the Hawks won 10-0. The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

"Tim Biser pitched a nice game," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "When he gets ahead of the hitters, he's tough. He mixes his pitches well. He gave us exactly what we needed in the second game. I expect big things out of him this year."

It was the second no-hitter for the Hawks (8-4) this season. Adam Lorson, Cole Bellon and Brad Brandt combined for a no-hitter in HCC's season opener in Cocoa, Fla.

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Biser went the distance against Mohawk Valley (1-3).

"It is nice to be able to use all of your pitches and have them work effectively," said Biser, who improved to 2-0. "I was trying to get on top of the hitters. I thought that I did a good job, but I could have done a better job. I got behind some hitters. Fortunately, I made the right pitch when I had to."

HCC took charge early in the second game by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Hebron hit a two-run single to left and Eric Miksitz followed with a two-run triple to center.

"It is nice when you pitch with a lead," Biser said. "When you are working with a nice lead, then it is kind of easy to let the defense do the job. It was a good defensive effort by the whole team."

HCC added two runs in the second when Paul Conway scored on a wild pitch and Ryan Brady came home on a double steal, two runs in the third on a solo homer to center by Robin Summey and an RBI single by Brady and two more in the fourth on a two-run single by Marty Kaetzel.

Conway, Brady and Hebron finished the game with two hits each.

In the first game, HCC trailed 6-5 before rallying for the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out in the sixth, Hebron doubled to left and scored the tying run on an RBI triple to right-center by Matt Tedrick. After Brady drew a walk, Zach Barkdoll came through with a suicide-squeeze bunt that the pitcher bobbled for an error, allowing pinch-runner Marty Kaetzel to come home with the winning run.

HCC tied the game at 5-5 with a five-run third inning, highlighted by Hebron's 380-foot, three-run homer.

Alex Miranda got the win in relief.

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