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Hawks rally for a split

May 02, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown's Jeremy Delgado throws to first after getting the out at second base Saturday against Catonsville.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Community College Hawks quickly put their troubles behind them Saturday afternoon, rallying for a 5-4, eight-inning victory over the visiting Catonsville Community College Cardinals in the second game of a Maryland JuCo Conference baseball doubleheader.

After losing 11-1 in five innings in the first game, the Hawks responded by coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the second game.

"After getting beat 11-1 and then coming back to win that second game shows the character of our team," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "It shows that they refuse to quit."

The score was tied 4-4 as the top of the batting order came up for HCC to start the bottom of the eighth inning. Joey Figgs was hit by a pitch, Jordan Thurber singled to right and John Barrett walked to load the bases with nobody out. Tay Sidler was then hit by a pitch to bring home pinch-runner Adam Brunk from third base with the winning run for the Hawks.

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"We found a way to manufacture that winning run in the eighth," Jennings said. "Two hit batters, a walk and a hit. We'll take it."

Catonsville (35-15, 20-9) scored one run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Glynn Davis to take a 4-3 lead.

But HCC (31-16, 16-9) scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to even the score at 4-4. Tyler Walsh drew a walk to start the rally. Pinch-runner Kameron Armacost moved to second on a sacrifice and scored, one out later, on a single to right by Seth Poffenberger.

Trailing 3-0, HCC started its comeback with two runs in the fifth. Figgs and Thurber both singled and Barrett walked to fill the bases with nobody out. Sidler hit a sacrifice fly to center to knock in Figgs. After Walsh walked to reload the bases, Justin Martinez grounded out to third to score Thurber.

The Hawks scored another run in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3. With two outs, Figgs walked and scored on an RBI double to left by Thurber.

"We didn't do anything with the bats until the last few innings of the second game," Jennings said.

David Meikrantz gave up only one run in three innings of relief to get the win for the Hawks.

In the first game, Catonsville scored four runs in the first and three runs in the second for a 7-0 advantage.

HCC got its only run in the third on an RBI double by Barrett.

Game 1
Catonsville 11, HCC 1 5 innings
Catonsville 430 31 -- 11 11 1
HCC 001 00 -- 1 3 3

Staton and Murphy. Freels, Cody (4) and Harris. WP -- Staton. LP -- Freels (5-2). HR -- Catonsville: Kiser (fifth, none on).
Game 2
HCC 5, Catonsville 4 8 innings
Catonsville 020 100 10 -- 4 11 0
HCC 000 021 11 -- 5 8 0

Hawk, Grant (5), Summerall (7) and Ball, Jiron (6). Fulk, Johnson (3), Meikrantz (6) and Cook, Harris (8). WP -- Meikrantz (1-2). LP -- Summerall.

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