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Clear Spring blazes trail with big 2nd

March 30, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring used a 12-run rally in the bottom half of the second inning to build a 13-0 lead and the Blazers went on to a 16-1 win over Hancock on Wednesday afternoon.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

"It is a big victory," Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. "Our girls are not accustomed to big wins. The second inning was one of those situations where everything that we did seemed to work. It was fortunate that things went our way. Our girls are overjoyed with the win."

Alisha Commer had two of her game-high three hits during the second inning for Clear Spring (1-1). Courtney Smith finished with three runs scored, two RBI and two hits for the Blazers. Christina Mehaffie and Kayla McCarty added two RBI apiece, while Brittany Lady had two hits for the Blazers.

Clear Spring opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Maggie Wolford came around to score on two throwing errors and a wild pitch.

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The Blazers batted around twice during their 12-run second inning. Smith led off with a walk and Lady followed with a single. Smith scored and Lady went to third on the same play on an outfield error. Kristina Lopez doubled to center to knock in Lady. Lopez went to third on a dropped relay throw and scored on an RBI infield groundout by Sarah Deal.

One out later, Commer singled to left before stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch. After Ashley Shaff walked, Clear Spring pulled off a double steal. Commer stole home when Shaff was stealing second and Shaff promptly stole third on the throw home. After Mehaffie walked, McCarty clubbed a two-run triple to right. McCarty scored on Smith's single to center to raise the Blazers' lead to 8-0.

Clear Spring's final five runs came home on an error, double steal, wild pitch, Commer's RBI single and a bases-loaded walk.

The Blazers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by Mehaffie and Smith and an RBI double by Lindsey Trumpower.

Mehaffie pitched a complete game, giving up only three hits while fanning seven.

Hancock (0-2) got its only run in the top of the fourth when Jennifer Willison tripled to center and scored on Mindi Ruppenthal's RBI infield groundout.

"That big inning shouldn't have happened," Hancock coach Leslie Rotz said. "We gave them a bunch of runs on errors. It was bad defense on our part."

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