Blazers bully way by Hancock

May 05, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING -- "Intimidated" is the one word the Hancock baseball team seems to lock on when it plays Clear Spring.

"We're intimidated the moment we get off the bus," said Hancock coach Brian Kerns. "We haven't played well against them in years."

And Tuesday was no different from Clear Spring's first round of at-bats as the Blazers scored six times on the way to a five-inning 11-1 victory on Senior Day.

"You can't spot a team like Clear Spring four errors and that's what we did," said Kerns. "Mentally, we weren't ready."


Starting pitcher Nick Lanehart plunked leadoff batter Brad Banzhoff before Matt Braithwaite and Brandon Glazer reached on errors.

Joel Rowe had the first of a pair of run-scoring singles, before Corey Morgan followed with a two-run single. Another two errors, a walk and a sacrifice fly led to two more runs to close out the inning.

"(Hancock) made mistakes, we hit the ball and you go from there," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives. "This is another game on the way to reaching a goal of getting the top seed."

Clear Spring (14-2) tallied a single run in the second on back-to-back doubles by Braithwaite and Glazer. It put up three more runs in the third with Rowe delivering another clutch hit.

"I've been contributing to the offense and it's time to keep doing it," said Rowe. "We've been hitting better 1 through 9 in the lineup and we're picking it up with defense and pitching."

Banzhoff hurled the first three innings and the only blotch in his line was a home run he allowed to Tanner Faith in the third inning, a shot that cleared the center-field fence.

That was the only hit for Hancock (7-7). Tyler Walling finished the last two innings for the Blazers.

Hancock's fielding problems in the first inning were the root of the problem, but the Panthers played flawlessly in the field the rest of the way.

"We're 7-7 and still have a shot at some more wins," said Kerns.

Clear Spring finishes the home portion of the regular season today against Boonsboro. The Blazers can wrap up the MVAL Antietam title with a victory over the Warriors (3-15).

Clear Spring 11, Hancock 1
Hancock 001 00 -- 1 1 4
Clear Spring 613 01 -- 11 8 0

Lanehart, O'Brien (3), Price (5) and E. Souders. Banzhoff, Walling (4) and Morgan. WP -- Banzhoff (2-1). LP -- Lanehart.

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