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Rebels' late rally gets washed away

April 04, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - At first, it appeared South Hagerstown had come back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead over Clear Spring in Monday's MVAL Antietam baseball game.

Mother Nature made it all an illusion.

A thunderstorm put a premature end to the game, wiping out a three-run rally by the Rebels in the top half of a sixth inning that was not completed, forcing the game to go back to the last completed inning. As a result, the Blazers edged the Rebels 4-2 in five innings.

Clear Spring senior pitcher Scott Keeney gave up two runs and struck out six as he won his first start of the year.

"I didn't have my curveball today," Keeney said. "It was straight fastballs all day. I was hitting the strike zone consistently. I felt like I was pretty much in control.

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"We got the lead and we got too comfortable with it. We just kind of shut down, but luckily we won the game."

Clear Spring coach Mark Shives was happy with Keeney's performance.

"Scott did a good job of pitching to help us win it," Shives said. "I thought that he competed well. We came out like a house on fire in the first inning. We're a lot better team than we've been in the past. We have guys who come out and want to play."

Clear Spring (3-1, 1-1) scored all four of its runs in the first inning. With one out, Cody McCarthy walked and stole second. McCarthy moved to third when Keeney reached on an infield error. McCarthy scored and designated runner Brian Doyle moved to second on an errant pickoff throw.

Doyle took third when Brian Shifflett singled to right. Shifflett then stole second. One out later, Andrew Blickenstaff clubbed a two-run double to center. John Mason followed with a RBI ground-rule double to left.

South Hagerstown (0-3, 0-2) scored both of its runs in the top of the fourth. Zeke Ricketts led off with a solo homer to left. Two outs later, Brad Logsdon hit his own solo shot to center.

Rebels pitcher Brock Jamison allowed one earned run and fanned six.

"Brock started off a little shaky right off the bat," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "They scored four runs real quick off of him. He held them after that. We came back and took the lead in the sixth inning, but then the storm came. ... I would have liked to have seen the game finished."

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