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Hancock comes back one more time than Clear Spring

Hancock comes back one more time than Clear Spring

June 27, 2009|By CONNER GILBERT

CLEAR SPRING -- A day after Clear Spring All-Stars came from behind to beat Maugansville, it looked like it would need a repeat performance against Hancock.

Hancock was ready for the challenge, pulling out a 12-11 walkoff win of its own, defeating Clear Spring 12-11 on Saturday in the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament.

"Clear Spring had a great game last night," said Hancock manager Brian Rider. "But I knew that if it was close late in the game, we could pull it out."

Hancock overcame a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the third. Carl Potter's triple brought home one run, followed by three more coming off a pair of wild pitches and a walk to give Hancock a 6-3 lead.

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Clear Spring tied the game in the fourth, scoring three runs on a steal of home, a groundout and an error to make it 6-6.

Hancock reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jared Cubbage scored on a groundout and Tyler Clingerman came home on an outfield error to make it 8-6.

Clear Spring struck back in the fifth with three runs, courtesy of a wild pitch, an error and a walk to take a 9-8 lead.

Hancock answered in the bottom half of the frame on three straight bases-loaded walks to regain an 11-9 advantage.

It was Clear Spring's turn again and it responded with Joe Micco scoring on an error and Zack Greenlee lofting a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game at 11.

It all came down to the bottom of the sixth.

Hancock loaded the bases with two outs and scored the winning run when Taylor Kerns came home on a wild pitch.

"They battled hard," Rider said. "This is a great bunch of kids. They are tough and they love to play."

When the score was tied in the sixth inning, Rider was more confident than ever in his team's ability.

"We run the bases exceptionally well," said Rider. "I knew we could pull it out."

Hancock travels to play National on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Clear Spring falls into the losers' bracket and will travel to Valley at 6 p.m.

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