City teams advance to Colt showdown

July 21, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

The Hagerstown White team had the easy going, while the Hagerstown Red team had a longer and tougher road on Friday in the Colt Region Tournament at Hellane Park.

Either way, the road led to victory.

In a 4 1/2-inning opener, Noon Jordan went 4-for-4 and Adrian Adams supplied a grand slam home run to lead the White past McCandless, Pa., 19-5.

The Red needed a full seven innings, using its last at-bat for a seven-run explosion to take a 12-7 win over Cranberry, Pa.

Tonight at 8, both Hagerstown teams will collide in a key winners bracket battle.

Jordan capped off a four-run first inning for Hagerstown White with a two-run double before the real fun started for the victors.


With one out, Brandon Glazer singled, Brandon Knight and Jordan Thurber each walked and Adams stepped to the plate and connected on the first pitch from Ryan Oglesby with a blast far over the fence in centerfield.

That was more than enough for Hagerstown White, who added two runs in the third and five more in the fourth inning after McCandless had scored four runs in the top of the fourth.

Thurber homered leading off the inning and Josh Green delivered a three-run shot.

"We wanted to jump on (McCandless) early by making them throw strikes," said White manager Brad Hineman. "We got out on top and were able to give our best pitcher (Knight) a rest after three innings."

Knight allowed only an unearned run and had five strikeouts, but it was the offense that made it easy, led by Jordan.

"I took some early batting practice at a range today and felt tired," said Jordan. "I took a shower, got focused and we came together as a team tonight."

"Jordan gives us leadership behind the plate and with Adams, we've got two verbal leaders and along Thurber, we've got some good ones," said Hineman.

In the nightcap, Hagerstown Red pitcher Colby Fisher was nearly a victim of some shoddy defensive work in a four-run fifth inning that helped Cranberry take a 7-5 lead as three errors were crucial mistakes that opened the door for a three-run homer by Luke Mueller.

However, Fisher got out of the inning and subsequently went on to close the door on Cranberry while he and his teammates went to work on three Cranberry pitchers in the seventh.

Dwight Boward led off the Hagerstown Red seventh with a solo homer to center and Jordan Wivell walked. Pinchrunner Brandon Wiley was sacrificed to second and stopped at third on a single by Kyle Walters.

Dustin Smith had his fourth hit, a single to left that scored Wiley to make it 8-7. Steve Grossman's singled to left and he scored along with Smith when Fisher, with two strikes, doubled over the bag at first past a drawn-in infield for 10-7 lead.

The Red added two more runs on a run-scoring double by David Stone and a single by Boward.

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