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Blazers find way to rise to top

May 04, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- The Clear Spring baseball team played like it was in first place on Monday.

Every batter in the starting lineup hit safely as the Blazers banged out 20 hits to bash Smithsburg 16-5 in an MVAL Antietam game.

With the regular season in its final week, Clear Spring (13-2, 8-2) finds itself sitting as the Antietam leader. And even with the potent offense, it didn't happen without a little drama.

"At 1:30, we were told that the game was cancelled," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "At 2:30, we were told that the game was back on. I am happy, that with coming in under these conditions, that we were able to get the win. I am glad that we were able to get it mentally tightened back up."

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Senior first baseman Joel Rowe had two hits, including a two-run homer, and had five RBIs for the Blazers.

"I just did what I had to do," Rowe said. "I tried to get those runs in. I tried to help us go up big. All of us hit better late in the game. It was nice for the bottom of the order to step up today. The bats are starting to heat up and the pitching is getting better. All of us are really starting to improve at the end of the season."

Brad Banzhoff, Cody Englehart and Brad Jordan ripped three hits each for Clear Spring. Banzhoff had an RBI and scored four times, while Jordan added three RBIs.

Senior pitcher Brandon Glazer struck out 10 batters in six innings to get the win. Glazer also drove in two runs and had two hits. Jordan pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Blazers.

"Brandon Glazer came out today and pitched six strong innings," Shives said. "I didn't think that he had his best stuff today. But I thought that he got stronger as the game went along. We're starting to get better with the bats. We still need to do a better job of executing with runners in scoring position."

Jake Gouff slugged a three-run homer and Brock Heiston added a two-run shot for Smithsburg (9-7, 6-7).

"It just got out of hand there towards the end," Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb said. "It seems like that we were hanging on for most of the game. Then Clear Spring started to open it up towards the end. We didn't make a few plays when we were supposed to and Clear Spring just took advantage. Clear Spring is a team that you don't want to give those extra outs to. They did better than we did today."

Clear Spring snapped a 5-5 tie with a run in the fifth on a RBI single by Glazer.

The Blazers extended their lead to 10-5 with four runs in the sixth when both Jordan and Rowe collected two-run singles.

The Blazers had a six-run rally in the seventh to boost their lead to the final margin of 16-5. Rowe's two-run homer capped the rally.

Clear Spring 16, Smithsburg 5
Clear Spring 201 214 6 -- 16 20 2
Smithsburg 032 000 0 -- 5 11 6

Glazer, Jordan (7) and Morgan. Eyler, Dennis (5), Wiley (6), Daniels (7), Raios (7) and Gouff. WP -- Glazer. LP -- Dennis. HR -- CS: Rowe (7th, one on); S: Gouff (2nd, two on), Heiston (3rd, one on).

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