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'Cats, Adenhart make quick work of Clear Spring

April 17, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - With three first-inning swings, the Williamsport baseball team made sure Nick Adenhart had an easy night.

Adenhart's two-run double, Andy Taylor's two-run homer and Phil Jordan's two-run single highlighted a six-run outburst as the No. 3 Wildcats jumped all over Clear Spring 17-0 in five innings Friday night.

Williamsport (7-1, 3-1) added 11 more runs in the third - in which six different players drove in runs - to turn the game into a laugher. The Wildcats sent 17 batters to the plate in the third.

"After we lost to North (Hagerstown), I told them we're always going to have pitching," Wildcats coach Rod Steiner said, "but when we get into the playoffs, we're going to run into one team's ace."

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"The bats are going to be what carries us in the playoffs," Adenhart said.

Adenhart struck out 13 and had all three of his pitches working against the overmatched Blazers. He allowed only Phil Saloom's bloop single to center and one walk - both in the first inning - and retired the final 13 batters he faced, striking out 12 of them.

"It was a good performance," Adenhart said. "It's easy to have confidence in all of your pitches when your offense picks you up like that."

"Nick's stuff is electric," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "Nick is quality, that's the best way to put it. You're not going to see another kid in the area in 20 years with three pitches like he has."

Clear Spring's pitchers had a tougher time. Starter Zeb Jacobs allowed Adenhart's double and Taylor's home run while walking three and hitting a batter before being pulled with one out. He was charged with all six first-inning runs.

Relievers Mike Hamby, Cory Baker and Larry Hose were also greeted rudely by Williamsport's hot bats as the Wildcats finished with 13 hits and walked 11 times.

"We're not competing on the mound at all," Shives said. "We have some experience, but the level of competition is different this year and it's beginning to be seen."

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