Hawks hit end of trail

May 16, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Community College had the top seed and the home-field advantage, but didn't have luck to make a run in the Region XX Baseball Tournament.

The Hawks were sent to the sidelines during the tournament's second day on Saturday as ASA (N.Y.) defeated HCC 9-3 in the completion of a suspended losers' bracket game. HCC trailed 7-3 after eight innings when the game was called because of darkness.

The loss ended HCC's season with a 33-19 record, going out as the first team to be knocked out of the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

The Hawks were forced into comeback mode on Friday after losing the tournaement opener 10-7 to defending champion Potomac State, which has won eight of the last 10 tournament titles.


"In yesterday's first game, we had a few opportunities to win it," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "We just couldn't get the big hits when we needed them. It was 6-6 going into the top of the eighth and Potomac State scored four runs."

It didn't get any better for HCC against ASA.

"After losing a tough game to Potomac State, we came out flat in game two," Jennings said. "We gave a lot of runs away in this game. Fundamentally, we did not play a good game. They scored three or four runs on passed balls and wild pitches. That was the difference in the game."

ASA is only in its second year of playing baseball, starting the program in 2009.

ASA padded its lead in Saturday's ninth inning as Samir Imbert singled and Jose Pena doubled to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Tommy Guzman ripped a two-run single to right to raise the Avengers' lead to six runs.

HCC tried to come back as Jordan Thurber and John Barrett drew two-out walks before Avengers' reliever Jose Aponte closed out the game.

Barrett slugged his 15th home run of the season against Potomac State to finish second on HCC's single-season home run list. He is second only to Randy Butts, who hit 26 homers in 1986.

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