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Hawks roll Rockville, 16-4

March 09, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The weather was cold, but the bats were hot for the Hagerstown Community College baseball team Wednesday afternoon.

Every batter in the Hawks' starting lineup hit safely, helping the Hawks club the Rockville Knights 16-4 in 6 innings in a Maryland JuCo Conference game.

"Offensively, we're swinging the bats real well," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "This is a better hitting team than we have had in the past few years. When your offense strikes early, it takes a lot of pressure off of your pitchers. It lets your pitchers relax."

Alex Bower had two hits and three RBI in the first two innings alone to help HCC (3-0, 3-0) build an 8-1 lead over Rockville.

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"We hit well," Bower said. "We just have to keep it going. It is important to stay hot. The good start by the hitters today felt great. It builds so much more momentum for you when you get an early lead."

Andrew Murray had three hits and two RBI, while Lowell Coats and Matt Murray each drove in a pair of runs for the Hawks. Coats added two hits.

HCC starter Robbie Davis allowed one earned run in three innings before giving way to Steven Smith, who pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

A two-run single by Bower and an RBI double by Andrew Murray staked the Hawks to a 3-0 lead through one inning. After the Knights (2-9) got a run in the top of the second, the Hawks put the game out of reach with five in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Matt Murray, Bower and Kyle Robinson.

Coats' two-run triple was the big blow during a five-run fourth for the Hawks.

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