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Crist doesn't save any of his best for last

March 20, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING -- Kyle Crist had a pretty good opening day.

Then again, Clear Spring coach Mark Shives expects nothing less from one of his seniors.

Crist opened the season by pitching the first four innings, fielded his position flawlessly with four assists and belted a grand slam as Clear Spring romped to a 14-4 mercy-rule victory over Boonsboro on a chilly Friday.

"I've said already Kyle will be one of the better players in the area this year," said Shives. "For an opener and the cold, he had pretty good velocity on his pitches."

And Boonsboro contributed to the tone of the game in the Clear Spring second inning.

Joel Rowe led off with a short fly to left that dropped in front of Chaney Lum for a single. Josh Green followed with a sacrifice bunt fielded by Boonsboro pitcher Dryan Cole, who threw wildly into center field.

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Corey Morgan hit an infield chopper that shortstop Rodney Flora fielded and threw wildly to first, allowing Rowe and Green to score.

Cole rebounded to get two outs but Brandon Glazer reached on an error and Brad Banzoff walked to bring up Crist.

Even with a breeze coming in from the outfield, Crist delivered a fastball over the fence in right-center field for a 6-0 lead.

"It was on the outside part of the plate," said Crist. "I've been taking extra cuts in BP and have been in the hitting zone. I was sure I hit it good."

Crist went 3 1/3 innings before he ran into a little trouble, allowing a single to Seth Poffenberger and a walk to Tyler Walsh. A double steal put runners on second and third but Crist induced Sean Colgan into a pop fly to second. On a potential inning-ending grounder off the bat of Cole, Glazer threw wildly to first from short, allowing two Boonsboro runs before Crist retired the side.

"I spotted my curve ball pretty good but the cold made it a little tough and disruptive at times," said Crist. "It was a good opener."

Crist went four innings allowing three hits with two strikeouts.

Clear Spring added three runs in the fourth, highlighted by Rowe's RBI double. Boonsboro scored twice in the fifth off of Brad Jordan on RBI singles by Cody Snavely and Colgan.

The Blazers put the game away in the bottom of the fifth with five runs, which included a two-run singles by Glazer and Jordan to finish the game.

"We made a few mistakes defensively that we'll address but for openers you can't ask for anything else," said Shives. "Kyle set the tone for us."

Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard looked on the positive side with the assessed errors and other mental errors from a team that includes some inexperience at some positions.

"We've got some untested people in some positions," he said. "We made mistakes but they are fixable. It's a long year and I won't freak out now. You don't like to be run-ruled in your first game, but we'll get back at it."

Clear Spring 14, Boonsboro 4
Boonsboro 000 22 -- 4 6 3
Clear Spring 060 35 -- 14 11 1

Cole, Itnyre (4), Woods (5) and Colgan. Crist, Jordan (5) and Morgan. WP -- Crist (1-0). LP -- Cole (0-1). HR -- CS: Crist (2nd, three on).

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