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Hawks grounded by FCC

April 21, 2004|by JACK HILL III

It takes nine good innings to win a junior college baseball game.

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks played good baseball during the first six innings and that helped them build an 8-4 lead over the Frederick Community College Cougars.

After that, it was all downhill for the Hawks.

Frederick outscored HCC 20-3 during the last three innings for a come-from-behind 24-11 win over HCC on Tuesday afternoon.

"We left a lot of runners on base in the early innings," Frederick coach Rodney Bennett said. "We just saved the best for last."

Both teams provided plenty of offense. All nine HCC starters hit safely and eight of the nine Frederick starters hit safely.

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"After a game like that, there is not a whole lot that you can say," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "Today, we played as bad of a game that I ever coached. We just couldn't do anything right. As bad as we played, we were only two runs down going into the last inning. We hit the ball well and we scored 11 runs. Any time that you can score 11 runs, you should win. Our pitchers didn't get the job done today. We didn't play well, defensively."

Frederick (24-9) scored seven runs in the seventh inning and two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 13-8 advantage over HCC (22-12).

However, the Hawks stayed within striking distance of the Cougars by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to narrow the gap to 13-11.

But the roof caved in on the Hawks. Frederick scored 11 runs and sent 15 men to the plate before all was said and done.

The first six Frederick runs in the ninth came as the result of four walks, a hit batter, wild pitch, throwing error and two fielder's choice grounders where all runners were safe. The first Cougars hit of the inning didn't come until their 11th batter came to the plate. That was when Rhett Teller belted a three-run homer to center. The final two runs came on three singles and a wild pitch.

Teller finished with five RBI, three hits and three runs scored. Teller also pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the save.

"I am extremely proud of our guys," Bennett said. "During those last three innings, we just hit the ball extremely well. This was an impressive win against a quality team."

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