SMITHSBURG - Patience is starting to pay off for the Clear Spring baseball team.
The Blazers beat Smithsburg 12-6 Wednesday for their first MVAL Antietam victory of the season.
"It's our first conference win, but it's a sign that our young kids are getting better," Shives said. "We have six juniors, three sophomores and one freshman in the starting lineup. This is our second win in a row. Today, we played seven innings of baseball and that is what we are trying to teach our kids."
Sophomore pitcher Nathan Mills gave up only one earned run and a walk while striking out eight in six innings to get the victory. Reliever Cory Baker pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Clear Spring (3-8, 1-8).
"Nathan Mills is only a sophomore and he threw six strong innings today," Shives said. "He got his curveball across the plate and kept the hitters off-balance. He got enough velocity on his fastball to get the strikeout when he needed it."