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Lesher's no-hitter puts Blazers in state final

May 26, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Clear Spring's Brian Lesher (6) hurdles Surrattsville first baseman Stephan Pendix to reach base safely in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Maryland Class 1A state semifinal at McCurdy Field.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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    FREDERICK, Md. -- If records were made to look deceiving, then Clear Spring did a near-perfect job of making Surrattsville look like just another team.

    Brian Lesher tossed a no-hitter and the Hornets -- despite their 19-2 record -- were clearly no match for the Blazers in a five-inning 10-0 victory on Tuesday in the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals at McCurdy Field.

    For the first time since 1981, Clear Spring (19-3) will be in the state championship game. The Blazers will battle St. Michaels, a 4-0 winner over Harford Tech, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

    "Two years ago we lost to Harford Tech and by the luck of the draw, we were able to overmatch a team and that's what we did tonight," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives.

    During pregame warmups, the difference in ability between the two teams was easy to see.

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"But you've still got to go out and get to the finishing point," said Shives. "We don't have good history at McCurdy but we came out and got it done."

Things started with Lesher (6-1), who fanned a career-high 10 -- six swinging -- and did not allow a ball out of the infield. Surrattsville did not hit a ball in the air.

The only Hornets to reach base were on a fielding error by Brandon Glazer in the second inning and a walk in the fourth inning.

"I felt good coming out to start and had a great curveball," said Lesher. "I don't ever remember throwing a no-hitter before. It was awesome and now we just need the intensity one more time."

All Lesher needed was Corey Morgan's two-run single in the first -- a rope inside the third-base line -- that scored Matt Braithwaite and Glazer.

Cody Englehart had an RBI double and Brad Banzhoff added an RBI single in a two-run second. Three walks and a double play produced a third-inning run for a 5-0 Blazers lead.

Surrattsville starter Stephan Pendix, who brought slow and slower offerings to the plate, walked two and was the victim of two fielding errors in the fifth that led to four Blazers runs.

Clear Spring ended the whitewash in the fifth as Brad Jordan singled and was sacrificed to second by Banzhoff before hustling to score from second on a wild pitch.

Morgan ended with three RBIs for Clear Spring, which had only six hits but received seven walks.

"Around midnight I start thinking about St. Michaels," said Shives. "We've been 1-2 most all the year in the state polls. It will be ace (Adam Parks) vs. our ace (Glazer)."

St. Michaels pitcher Kyle McKelvey threw blanks at Harford Tech, losing his bid for a no-hitter on a seventh-inning single. St. Michaels scored all four runs in the first inning, three on a home run by Parks.

Clear Spring 10, Surrattsville 0
Surrattsville 000 00 -- 0 0 2
Clear Spring 221 41 -- 10 6 1

Pendix, Crawford (4) and Daniels. Lesher and Morgan. WP--Lesher (6-1). LP--Pendix.

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