Hawks pool all their resources, nip Germantown

April 22, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

Drew Counselman had the big hit, Lowell Coats didn't mind getting hit and the bullpen prevented the opponents from getting the big hit.

Counselman's two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning boosted Hagerstown Community College to a 4-3 win over Montgomery College-Germantown Thursday, giving the Hawks their ninth win in 11 games.

Coats, a Thomas Johnson graduate, turned the other cheek to help the Hawks (23-13). Coats, who was hit by a pitch twice, was plunked in the seventh inning and advanced to second when Kyle Robinson walked before scoring on Counselman's screaming liner to the left-field fence.


"I had a good start to the season and have been in a slump but I think I'm starting to come out of it," said Counselman. "I got a fastball right down the middle."

Robbie Davis, of Frederick, drew the start on 10 minutes notice after South Hagerstown's Jeremy McAfee was unable to pitch. McAfee, who is recovering from shoulder problems, tried to loosen up, but couldn't answer the bell.

Davis responded by allowing three runs on eight hits before leaving after Germantown opened the eighth with a walk and an error to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Reliever Hugh Wescott snuffed out the threat and gave way to Alex Miranda after issuing a walk to Germantown's Chris Simms in the ninth. Miranda struck out the first two batters he faced before ending the victory with a groundout.

Miranda made his third appearance since suffering arm problems during the Florida spring trip. Davis turned in a quality start by striking out seven and walking just one on 107 pitches.

"This a was a good game all around for us to win," said Jennings. "Davis has a rubber arm ... He's pitched in many different roles for us and Wescott and Miranda did fine jobs."

Coats was also hit by a pitch in the third when HCC tied the game, 2-2. He scored on a single to center by catcher Nate Himes, a Boonsboro graduate.

"Hey, getting hit twice ... that's OK with me. That's two runs," said Coats, HCC's leadoff man.

Himes also singled in the second after Andrew Murray walked. After each advanced a base, Himes may have partially shielded Germantown shortstop Marty Cornish, who misplayed a Robinson grounder and allowed Murray to score.

Davis (4-2) allowed Germantown (23-15) two runs in the third, but kept HCC in the game by allowing only one more run.

"I was going to pitch (Friday), so today I just had to get myself into the game," said Davis, who threw 70 strikes. "I just wanted to get ahead in the count. Our defense made a lot of nice plays."

Jennings said Davis didn't have "his usual velocity, so we went with more breaking stuff to try and keep them off balance."

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