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Hawks split with Knights

March 28, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Cole Bellon pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the Hagerstown Community College baseball team rebounded from a 5-4 loss to Essex to beat the Knights 7-3 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

"I was just trying to throw strikes and get ahead of the batters," Bellon said. "I didn't feel like I had my best stuff, but I just worked through it. The defense helped me out a little bit and it came together."

The Hawks' offense completed the effort.

Robin Summey had two hits and scored two runs, while Ryan Brady also got two hits for HCC (13-7).

"We definitely hit the ball better in the second game," Bellon said. "That gave me a cushion to finish the game off. It is a lot easier pitching when you have runs scored for you."

The Hawks got a run in the bottom of the first inning when Colby Rickabaugh tripled home Devan Ewell and then scored another run in the second on a pair of doubles by Summey and Steve Von Bloch.

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Essex (2-6) tied the score at 2-2 on a third-inning solo homer by Mike Zook and a sacrifice fly by Steve Gale in the fourth.

HCC responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good at 4-2. Matt Tedrick was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice by Von Bloch. Zach Barkdoll followed with an RBI single to center to drive in Tedrick. Barkdoll advanced two bases on a pair of wild pitches before scoring on Brady's RBI single to center.

The Hawks added two more runs in the fifth. With one out, Eric Miksitz walked and Summey doubled to center. Tedrick then doubled to left to knock in both Miksitz and Summey.

After the Knights scored a run in the top of the sixth on a suicide squeeze, the Hawks came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Brady singled to right and scored on Ewell's double to left.

"I thought that we came out lackadaisical in the first game," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "It didn't seem like we were ready to play. They bunted us to death. They were routine plays and we couldn't make them. We had a few missed plays and that led to some unearned runs."

The Hawks were trailing 5-0 in the first game when they scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4. Paul Conway capped the rally with a two-run double, which was one of his two hits for HCC.

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