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Grace sweeps MDCC twinbill from Broadfording

April 23, 2004|by JACK HILL III

The Grace Academy baseball team didn't let a little rain get in the way of its Mason Dixon Christian Conference doubleheader sweep of the Broadfording Christian Academy Lions on Thursday.

The Knights won the first game 11-1 in six innings and the second game, 10-7.

Senior Darren Sweeney was the winning pitcher in both games for the Knights, raising his record to 4-1.

Sweeney went the distance in the first game, pitching a four-hitter with seven strikeouts while not allowing any earned runs or walks.

"It felt good today," Sweeney said. "I got a lot of first-pitch strikes. The curveball was working real good. I was pretty much satisfied with my performance. We started off pretty good by scoring four runs in the first inning and that gave me a cushion. That was all that I needed to work with."

Sweeney pitched two innings of scoreless relief during the second game.

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"If we can keep winning like this, then we have a chance to win the MDCC championship," Sweeney said. "We are starting to come together as a team during the past few games."

David Hardcastle had two hits, three RBI and two runs scored in the first game for Grace (6-1), while Matt Stine scored three runs and had an RBI.

Allen Myers led Broadfording (5-4) with two hits.

Eric Hess came up with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Knights in the second game. Ryan Myers and Sweeney added two hits each, while Jordan Hanft scored three runs for Grace.

Josh Kehr and Myers had two hits each, while Mikkell Wallech added two RBI for the Lions.

The Knights snapped a 7-7 tie during the second game by scoring two runs in the sixth inning. Hanft walked with one out, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Eric Hess. Hess stole third base and came home on a throwing error.

Grace added one more run in the seventh when Myers led off with a bunt single and stole three bases to score the final run.

"This was a little bit of a shaky game," Grace coach Ed Sweeney said. "We had to pitch several guys. We put several hits together and that got us some runs."

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