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Blazers impressive in rout of Warriors

April 12, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO -- For the second time in three days, the No. 7 Clear Spring baseball team made it look easy against a Washington County foe.

Coming off Wednesday's five-inning, 15-0 thumping of Hancock, seven Blazers combined for eight hits and ace John Kehr was steady on the mound as Clear Spring blasted Boonsboro 8-1 on Friday in an MVAL Antietam game shortened to five innings because of rain.

"One through nine, we're swinging the bat well," Blazers coach Mark Shives said.

Clear Spring (6-1, 2-0) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Boonsboro starter Seth Poffenberger. Aaron Mills walked, stole second and scored on Jordan Thurber's opposite-field single.

Poffenberger rebounded to strike out the side on 10 pitches in the second as he appeared to settle in. But the Blazers broke the game open with a four-run third, using three hits and three walks to take a 5-0 lead.

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Josh Green led off with a walk, and after a strikeout, Mills walked. Thurber's groundout to first moved the runners to second and third with two outs, before Josh Constable's slow bouncer up the first-base line resulted in an infield single and scored Green. Brandon Glazer's solid single to left scored Mills, and after Corey Morgan walked, Josh Kehr ripped an opposite-field single to right to plate Constable and Glazer.

"I thought (Poffenberger) threw the ball well," Shives said. "He competed and threw some good stuff. We made him throw pitches, put the bat on the ball and went with the pitch. We didn't try to do too much, which is a sign of maturity."

"His velocity is not where it needs to be right now," Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard said of Poffenberger. "I'm not seeing the velocity I saw in winter workouts, and he needs to work through it."

Mills launched a two-run home run to left in the fourth inning to make it 7-0, and Josh Kehr hit an infield single and scored on Brett Turner's single in the fifth to make it 8-1.

Boonsboro (3-4, 1-2) scored its run in the bottom of the fourth, as Jake Pendergraft walked to lead off the inning, took second on Poffenberger's groundout, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Tyler Walsh's sacrifice fly.

The Warriors managed five hits off John Kehr, but could not string them together to produce more runs.

"That's sort of our story," Leonard said. "We've had a couple big innings, but we haven't been consistent through an entire game."

Kehr walked one and struck out two as he made do without his best stuff.

"I was happy with the way he pitched," Shives said. "He didn't have his electric fastball, but he was mature and he pitched. That's what a No. 1 does, when they don't have their best stuff, they compete."

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