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Hawks' run halted by a flat

May 02, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College baseball team was on a roll entering its game against Frederick, winning 11 of its last 12 games.

Unfortunately, that Hawks team wasn't the one that showed up Thursday to face the Cougars.

These Hawks committed five errors and, in coach Scott Jennings' estimation, came out flat in a 4-2 Maryland JuCo Conference loss to FCC.

"We didn't play very well," Jennings said. "It seemed like we weren't ready to play today. We were fortunate that the score was as close as it was. We have been playing well lately. For some reason, we were just flat today."

Still, HCC (32-14-1, 18-5) led 1-0 through four innings. The Hawks got their first run in the bottom of the third when Zach Smith walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Matt Byers' double to center field.

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But the Cougars took control in the top of the fifth, scoring four runs off HCC starter Aerik Taylor. Tim Kellinger, a St. Maria Goretti graduate, ripped a two-run double to give FCC a 2-1 lead. Kellinger scored on an error and Anthony Markle drove in the fourth run with a sacrifice fly.

"That was a big hit by Tim Kellinger," FCC coach Rodney Bennett said. "I was extremely pleased that we took advantage of the opportunities."

The Hawks countered with a single run in the bottom of the inning when Jason Gordner doubled and scored on Byers' second hit of the night off FCC starter Donovan McGee.

Kevin Starnieri and Tyler Winch each threw one inning of scoreless relief to close out the game for the Cougars (29-16, 14-9).

"Our relievers did exactly what they were supposed to do: Avoid the big inning, throw strikes and get outs," Bennett said.

Kellinger, Markle, Daniel Chevalier and Dusty Haigler each had two hits for FCC.

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