Clear Spring does its job to top Catoctin

May 22, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- Clear Spring pitcher Brian Lesher did what a senior is expected to do: Step up and get the job done.

Lesher didn't allow an earned run, while giving up five hits in 5 1/3 innings to lead the top-seeded Blazers to a 3-1 win over Catoctin on Friday in a Maryland Class 1A West semifinal.

Clear Spring (17-3) hosts Brunswick today at 1 p.m. in the West final. The winner advances to the Class 1A semifinals on Tuesday at McCurdy Field in Frederick, Md. A victory would give the Blazers their second region title in three years.

"I think I came out and did what I was supposed to do," Lesher said. "I just tried to keep everybody pumped up. I wanted to keep the ball low and hit my spots. I felt good about how I did.


"I got some timely offensive support when I needed it. We put the bat on the ball when we needed it."

But Lesher held up his end of the bargain.

"You can't ask for any more than what Brian Lesher put out on the mound today," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "Brian was fantastic today. Brian has put four years of hard work into his pitching. Today, Brian just reaped all of the benefits of his hard work."

Brad Jordan relieved Lesher, who left with one out in the top of the sixth inning and runners on first and second base. He ended the threat on a line out to shortstop Brandon Glazer, who turned it into a double play.

Jordan followed by retiring the Cougars (12-10) in order in the seventh for the save.

"We are using Brad Jordan as our closer for the week," Shives said. "He did what he had to do. He helped us to be able to play baseball for another day."

Clear Spring came back from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the third inning by loading the bases with one out.

Jordan walked, Brad Banzhoff reached on a throwing error and Matt Braithwaite was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Joel Rowe cashed in with a two-run single to left with two outs and Corey Morgan followed with a RBI single to right.

"We had some big hits in some tight situations," Shives said. "Joel Rowe's hit was huge. We have some seniors that can bang it. That is what they did today. They stepped up and got the big hits in the clutch."

Clear Spring 3, Catoctin 1
Catoctin 010 000 0 -- 1 3 1
Clear Spring 003 000 x -- 3 4 3

Smith and Larsen. Lesher, Jordan (6) and Morgan. WP--Lesher. LP--Smith. SV--Jordan.

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