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Hawks soar past Lakers

March 16, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks used solid pitching from sophomore Eric Miksitz and a 10-run fifth inning Tuesday afternoon to extend their winning streak to seven games with a 14-4 victory over the Garrett Lakers in a Maryland JuCo Conference baseball game.

The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

The left-handed Miksitz pitched the first six innings for HCC (8-3, 1-0) and did not allow a run. Miksitz fanned six, and allowed one walk and three hits to improve to 2-1.

"I was happy with my pitching performance today," said Miksitz. "I had good defense behind me. They made the plays. ... That 10-run fifth inning was very good. When we get the bats going, that makes my pitching job easier."

HCC coach Scott Jennings was impressed with Miksitz's performance.

"I thought that Eric pitched a nice game," Jennings said. "He set the tone for the day. He has thrown well in the last few ballgames. He didn't give anything up. I thought that he pretty much dominated during his six innings. He was in complete control and he didn't have any trouble."

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Steve Von Bloch and Marty Kaetzel, the eighth and ninth hitters in the batting order, each scored two runs and had two RBI for the Hawks. Kyle Robinson and Kaetzel had two hits each.

Brandon Benson had three hits and two RBI, including a two-run double, for the Lakers (0-3, 0-2).

HCC scored its first two runs in the bottom of the second on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Kyle Robinson.

The Hawks put the game out of reach in the fifth. Von Bloch and Kaetzel hit two-run doubles in the inning. Nathan Himes and Andrew Murray added RBI singles during the rally.

"The 10-run fifth inning was the key to the game," Jennings said. "There were a few balls that dropped in and we were very fortunate. Everything seemed to go our way today."

Robbie Davis hit a 405-foot homer to center in the sixth to increase HCC's lead to 13-0.

The Lakers scored four runs in the seventh.

Drew Counselman added an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Hawks.

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