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Hawks win 6th straight

March 20, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College watched its 10-run lead over Potomac State shrink to just four runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Hawks held on to beat the Catamounts 17-12 on Friday afternoon.

It was the sixth straight win for HCC (16-4).

"The key today was we swung the bat well," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "I had to be pleased with all of the hits that we got and the 17 runs that we had. It took every one of them. I knew that even when we got the big lead, it would still be a battle. Potomac State is too good of a team."

Spencer Cromer (4-1) struck out five batters in six innings to get the win for HCC.

"I think that we made a statement today," Cromer said. "To come out on top made them know that we are going to be the team to beat this year. It was a big game for us."

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Every player in the HCC batting order hit safely as the Hawks banged out 20 hits and scored in every inning.

Charles Johnson collected four hits for HCC.

"The team is just getting a lot of hits," Johnson said. "Everybody is doing their job. We have good teamwork."

Matt Greene and Justin Everhart had three hits each for the Hawks. Everhart drove in three runs and Greene had two RBIs.

"I think that we are playing good baseball," Greene said. "We are putting up a lot of runs. We are hitting the ball well. As long as we can get runs, we will be all right."

Daniel Heatwole, John Barrett, Travis Sluger and Kameron Armacost had two hits apiece for HCC. Sluger also ended up with four RBIs.

HCC led the whole way as Tay Sidler capped a four-run first inning with a three-run double.

Sluger added a three-run double in the second to give the Hawks a 7-1 advantage.

HCC 17, Potomac State 12
Potomac 014 000 601 -- 12 13 3
HCC 434 121 11x -- 17 20 6

Chenoweth, Hardway (4), Martin (6), Campbell (8) and Griffin. Cromer, Briggs (7), Byrum (7) and Everhart. WP -- Cromer (4-1). LP -- Chenoweth. SV -- Byrum (2). HR -- PS: Griffin (3rd, two on).

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