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Hancock tops Clear Spring

July 08, 2009|By CONNER GILBERT/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- Four days after Independence Day, the Hancock and Clear Spring All-Stars put on a display of fireworks, combining for six home runs.

But Hancock powered its way to a 7-4 win over Clear Spring at Hancock Little League in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament on Wednesday.

"One error could have cost you a game like that," said Hancock manager Dennis Douglas. "Both teams made plays."

The first pitch of the game flew out of the park when Hancock's Jordan Tosten homered to left-center field to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Clear Spring used the long ball to its advantage in the bottom of the first. Riley Lazich hit a two-run home run, immediately followed by Ryan Yetter's solo shot to make it 3-1. Nick Lewis' RBI single in the second gave Clear Spring a 4-1 lead.

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Hancock struck back in the third with consecutive home runs of its own. Hunter Murray led off with a homer to right before Tosten lined the next pitch over the fence in right-center to cut the Clear Spring lead to 4-3.

"Tosten definitely flexed his muscles here tonight," said Douglas. "He's a good leadoff hitter."

Later in the inning, Hancock's Tristan Douglas singled and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4.

Hancock took a 5-4 lead in the fourth when Connor Litton's fly ball to left field was dropped, allowing Tosten to score on the play.

In the fifth, Hancock added to its lead when Justin Barnard hit a solo home run. Tosten struck again when he led off the sixth with a double and scored on Douglas' single to center for a 7-4 advantage.

"I'm really proud of the way the boys played," said Douglas. "As for pitching and defense, you can't ask for more. The kids showed off some power, but we didn't hit the whole way down the order like we should."

Hancock plays at Federal today at 6 p.m. Clear Spring hosts the Maugansville-West End loser on Friday.

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