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Six-run rally lifts Hawks over Garrett

March 28, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College used a six-run sixth inning to rally from a three-run deficit and defeat Garrett College 8-3 Tuesday afternoon in a Maryland JuCo Conference baseball game.

Adam Thomke (1-2) gave up just three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings to get the win.

"I was just able to throw strikes and I had faith in my defense," Thomke said. "I knew the defense was behind me. The defense really helped me out and it got me out of a lot of binds. I knew that our hitters would come through for us."

Trailing 3-0, HCC (8-9, 2-2) awakened its bats in the sixth inning. With one out, Roland Thiele doubled to left and scored when James Scarberry reached on a two-base throwing error. Scarberry took third on a wild pitch and scored on Cory Livengood's two-out double to center. Livengood came home with the tying run on Chad Schlegel's single to left.

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Tyler Beard reached on an infield error and Jacob Darr singled to center to load the bases. Matt Ridenour was hit by a pitch to bring home pinch-runner Matt Byers with the go-ahead run and Matt Murray added a two-run double to left to boost the Hawks' lead to 6-3.

HCC added two more runs in the seventh on Ridenour's two-run single to center.

Murray, Ridenour, Darr and Livengood each had two hits for HCC.

"Adam Thomke kept us in the game until we were able to score runs," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "Another key was that we were able to get four clutch hits with two outs in the sixth inning. I was proud of the way that we were able to keep the game close until we were able to score."

Cody Carleson got three hits and starting pitcher Adam Phillips allowed no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for Garrett (11-8, 0-3).

"We built a 3-0 lead by playing the way that we play - being aggressive and making things happen," Garrett coach Eric Hallenbeck said. "Once we got up 3-0, we stopped doing the things that we needed to do to be successful."

Garrett threatened in the top of the eighth inning, drawing a two-out walk to load the bases. Steven Smith came on in relief for the Hawks and got Cory Bosley to fly out to center for the third out to end the threat.

Smith also pitched a scoreless ninth.

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