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Hagerstown 'A' drops opening game in Colt League tourney

July 22, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Nerves might have gotten the best of Hagerstown 'A' Thursday evening as it lost its opening game of the Colt League region tournament 3-1 to Canon-Mac of Canonsburg, Pa.

"We played well defensively," Hagerstown manager Steve McLucas said. "Our pitchers did well. We just couldn't get the hits when we had runners on base. During our first game, I think that we were a little bit nervous and we had a little bit of tournament jitters."

Columbia (Md.) defeated Lawrence County (Pa.) 10-5 in the second game.

Canon-Mac has a bye today and will play again in a winners' bracket game on Saturday at 5 p.m.

In today's action, Hagerstown will play Lawrence County at 6 p.m. in a losers' bracket game. Columbia will then play Cranberry Township (Pa.) at 8:30 in a winners' bracket game.

McLucas was very impressed with Canon-Mac southpaw pitcher Mike Mish.

"Their left-hander kept us off-balanced," McLucas said. "His curveball was very effective. We just didn't read it well at all. You have to give Canon-Mac credit. They played a nice game."

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Mish allowed no walks and only one run as he hurled a five-hitter and struck out seven in seven innings to get the complete-game win.

"My strategy was to just come out and throw strikes," Mish said. "For the most part, I thought that I was in command with my pitching for the whole game. I was effective with my curveball today. When I got to the middle of their lineup, I pretty much gave them curveballs."

Mish was also the main man for Canon-Mac's offense as he had two of the three hits. Mish doubled to center in the first inning and then scored on Aaron Wiegel's RBI single to center to get Canon-Mac on the scoreboard first. Mish then snapped a 1-1 tie in the fourth by clubbing a two-run double to left.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Adam Merrbaugh, who won eight games during the regular season, fanned five in four innings.

Miles Brown scored on Nick Roberts' infield single for Hagerstown's only run.

During the second game, Columbia starting pitcher Shawn Fernholz fanned six in 6 1/3 innings to get the victory. Columbia catcher Brad Shepherd had three hits, four runs scored and two RBI.

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