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Hawks edge Frederick to snap skid

March 25, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College baseball team has been going through its ups and downs this season.

The Hawks' nine-game winning streak was followed by the recent three-game losing streak.

They can only hope that Thursday's result leads to another run in the right direction.

HCC ended its three-game skid by edging the Frederick Community College Cougars 3-2 in a Maryland JuCo Conference game.

"It feels good to snap that three-game losing streak," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "We needed to get a win today. I thought that it was a real nice game."

HCC southpaw Eric Miksitz (4-1) struck out a career-high 13, giving up six hits, one walk and two runs in eight innings. It was the third victory in the last 10 days for Miksitz.

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"Eric Miksitz pitched a good game," Jennings said. "He gave us eight strong innings. I thought that he was in command for the whole game. Eric has thrown well for us all year."

Frederick starting pitcher Ethan Rager also had an impressive game as he allowed just three hits and fanned seven in 6 2/3 innings.

"I was very pleased with our starting pitcher, Ethan Rager," Frederick coach Rodney Bennett said. "He kept us in the game. He located his pitches well and he kept them off balance. He gave us six good innings today and then he tired out in the seventh inning."

HCC (11-6, 4-1) got on the scoreboard first with a run during the bottom of the fourth inning as Nathan Himes walked with one out and scored on a double to left by Andy Taylor.

Frederick (6-8, 3-3) tied the score with a run in the top of the fifth as Jonas Brinks doubled home William Bussey.

The Hawks scored two runs during the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good at 3-1. Robbie Davis led off with a double to left and took third on a passed ball. One out later, Matt Tedrick walked. Kyle Robinson then laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to knock in Davis with the go-ahead run.

Marty Kaetzel walked and Lowell Coats got on base with an infield single to load the bases. Drew Counselman then reached base on an infield single to score Tedrick.

The Cougars got their final run in the top of the eighth when Mike Wagner doubled home Rick Lawyer.

Taylor pitched a perfect ninth inning to get the save. Leadoff batter Lowell Coats had two hits for HCC.

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