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Despite miscues, Blazers' win is no mistake

April 04, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

In a game that featured more twists and turns than a mystery novel, visiting Clear Spring outlasted North Hagerstown, 12-11, Thursday in a baseball game called after six innings because of inclement weather and darkness.

The Washington County opponents made numerous mistakes in less than ideal playing conditions but neither squad would settle for defeat.

After Clear Spring (4-1) seemingly put the game away with a six-run flurry in the top of the sixth inning, North Hagerstown (1-3) retaliated with two tallies in the bottom half and had the bases loaded and two outs when the game finally ended.

"Both teams showed a lot of character ... no quitting," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "But it was a total mess out there, many throwing errors were caused by the wet conditions. Also, walks hurt both teams."

Trailing 9-6 entering the sixth inning, Clear Spring went to work and put six runs on the scoreboard.

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Kyle Crist started the comeback with a double, before Aaron Mills, Jordan Thurber and Brandon Glazer all walked to force in the first run.

Pinch hitter Brett Turner then delivered a clutch two-run single and the Blazers were on their way to victory - their second triumph in two days.

North Hagerstown coach Shawn Reynolds said he appreciated the efforts put forth by the Hubs but said the final result was the same old story - too many mistakes.

"That's the way it's been going the entire season," Reynolds said. "We've been scoring but we're giving too many runs away with defensive mistakes. You can't give a team 4-5 outs an inning and be successful.

The walks on top of the defensive mistakes makes it worse. We still had a chance (to win) with our number three hitter (Cody Nelling) up there when the game ended."

Clear Spring jumped to a 5-0 advantage in the top of the third inning, North High retaliated with four of its own in the bottom half and the teams then exchanged leads the rest of the way.

"It's one of the sloppiest games I've seen in a long time," Reynolds said.

Corey Morgan led the Clear Spring offensive attack with three hits and two runs batted in while Kyle Crist added two hits and Turner delivered the clutch single in the sixth inning.

Nelling, Nathan Harden and Steve Younker all collected two hits for North Hagerstown and Harden added three runs batted in.

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