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Blazers cook up a win vs. Williamsport

May 19, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Clear Spring's Joel Rowe stretches to make the low catch as Williamsport's Conner Arnone is out at first Tuesday.
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    CLEAR SPRING -- The recipe for success used on Tuesday is one the Clear Spring baseball team would like to keep in the kitchen for a few more games.

    Brandon Glazer gave the top-seeded Blazers five strong innings and the rest of the lineup provided the hits as Clear Spring downed Williamsport 12-3 in the Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinals.

    "Toward the end of the season, we've been getting better production from 1 to 9 in the lineup," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives.

    Clear Spring (16-3) generated 11 hits as everyone in the starting lineup, except Glazer, had hits -- two each coming from Matt Braithwaite and Brad Jordan.

    Glazer pitched the first five innings and, except for the third inning when he allowed two runs on RBIs by Zach Lucas and Jason Hammond, was in control. He gave up four hits, walked only one and struck out seven.

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"(Brandon) had great velocity, a great changeup and his curveball was hitting the spots," said catcher Corey Morgan, who walked twice and singled.

"You get the No. 1 seed and you play square up, and that starts at the top of the rotation, and Brandon set the tone," said Shives. "We just have to be ready for the next game, whenever it comes."

The next game won't be until at least Thursday at Clear Spring. Catoctin must still play at Northern Garrett and, if that game is played today, the winner will go against the Blazers on Thursday.

Clear Spring jumped on Williamsport (9-13) for two runs in each of the first two innings.

Joel Rowe's base hit off the bag at first delivered one of the runs in the first inning.

An error led to a run in the second and Braithwaite had a sacrifice fly for one of his two RBIs.

After Williamsport cut it to 4-2 with two runs in the top of the third, Clear Spring answered with an unearned run in the bottom half and added two more in the fourth on RBI singles by Morgan and Braithwaite to make it 7-2.

The Blazers closed the door with a five-run sixth inning. Brian Lesher, Tyler Walling and Cody Englehart had run-scoring hits, and Jordan finished it off with a two-run single.

"We've got a good feeling right now," said Morgan. "We were a little down in the middle of the season but we are upbeat now."

Getting behind early took the zing out of Williamsport, which couldn't solve Glazer the first time through the order.

"You get behind and it takes being aggressive away from you," said Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers. "We took some called third strikes. We lost a few one-, two-run games and could easily have been 13-9, but our kids never quit all year."

Clear Spring 12, Williamsport 3
Williamsport 002 001 0 -- 3 7 4
Clear Spring 221 205 x -- 12 11 2

Mann, Byers (4) and Butts. Glazer, Jordan (6), Yost (7) and Morgan. WP -- Glazer (4-1). LP -- Mann (3-2).

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