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HCC gives Allegany a taste of its own medicine

April 07, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Over the years, the Allegany Community College Trojans have gotten some big baseball wins over the Hagerstown Community College Hawks.

But on Tuesday afternoon, the shoe was on the other foot.

HCC clubbed seven home runs in a 29-8 rout of visiting Allegany in a Maryland JuCo Conference game that was stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

"It's pretty unbelievable," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "We picked a great day to bust out. It was one of those days that don't come around very often. In my 10 years here, that has to be our best offensive performance in a game. I have never seen seven home runs in a game. I'll take that any day. All of the bats came alive today. Allegany came in with a 12-game winning streak."

Allegany has had 36 winning seasons in the last 38 years under coach Steve Bazarnic, including 33 seasons with at least 20 wins. Allegany has had 26 seasons with at least 30 wins and 13 seasons with at least 40 wins.

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Allegany (18-4, 8-3) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

HCC (19-7, 6-3) then dominated for the rest of the game as it scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good at 4-3. Justin Martinez hit a solo homer and Tyler Walsh banged a three-run homer.

HCC increased its advantage to 9-3 by getting five more runs in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded walk to Jordan Thurber and a grand slam by Walsh.

"Our offensive production has been down for the last couple of games," said Walsh, who also had two doubles. "We came out swinging today and we progressed from that. I wasn't really feeling that good in batting practice. But I got the pitches that I liked. I just capitalized on their pitching. This big win gets us going in the right direction. We have just got to keep swinging like we did today."

John Barrett had two homers, two doubles and nine RBIs for HCC.

"Everybody was swinging the bat well," Barrett said. "Today was the first day that it was real warm for a while. Everybody was able to see the ball good. We have got a lot of potential. When our hitting is on, we believe that we can beat almost any team."

Every starter in the Hawks' lineup scored at least one run. Martinez and Thurber scored five runs each, while Adam Brunk scored four runs for the Hawks.

HCC scored in every inning as it added eight runs in the third, five runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth.

Allegany 300 230 0 -- 8 8 2
HCC 458 534 x -- 29 22 1

Lytle, Beyer (2), Ramaley (3), Clinton (4), Stein (5), Smith (6) and Sanders. Freels, Staley (4), Johnson (5), Cody (7) and Harris, Colgan (7). WP -- Johnson (1-0). LP -- Lytle. HR--HCC: Martinez (1st, none on); Walsh 2 (1st, two on; 2nd, three on); Sluger (3rd, one on); Callahan (4th, one on); Barrett 2 (5th, two on; 6th, two on).

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