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Clear Spring's bats do the talking

July 19, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent
  • The Clear Spring 9-10 All-Stars mob AJay Yost at home plate after his home run during Sunday's Maryland Little League State Tournament winners' bracket semifinal at South Mountain.
By Kelly Hahn Johnson, Staff Photographer

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    BOONSBORO -- Clear Spring came into its second game of the Maryland 9-10 Little League State Tournament ready to play after a walk-off win Saturday.

    Clear Spring piled on 14 hits en route to a five-inning 12-2 victory over Denton in the winners' bracket semifinals.

    Clear Spring will play in the winner's bracket final tonight at 7 against West Salisbury.

    "It was good to get on the scoreboard first," said Clear Spring manager Pete Lazich. "We hit very well today."

    Clear Spring's first three hitters -- Jaret Lazich, Dylan Altman and Conner Michael -- each started the game with a hit.

    Altman finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Josh Colliflower, Zack Greenlee and AJay Yost finished with two RBIs each.

    Clear Spring's exceptional hitting was complemented by equally exceptional pitching by Colliflower. He went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks.

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"Colliflower was outstanding on the mound," Pete Lazich said. "My h at's off to him."

Jaret Lazich led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Altman's single.

Clear Spring extended its lead to 3-0 in the second on Altman's two-run knock.

Denton got on the board in the third when Tyler Bauer scored on a fielding error.

Yost smoked a two-run homer in the third to extend Clear Spring's lead to 5-1.

"The home run by Yost was huge for us," Pete Lazich said. "It was still a close game and that was a pivotal moment."

Clear Spring scored four runs in the fourth to make it 9-1. Greenlee plated a run with an RBI single, two runs scored on fielding errors and the fourth run scored on a passed ball.

Chase Conner scored Denton's second run in the fifth on an RBI fielder's choice.

Colliflower's triple in the bottom of the fifth plated two runs and Greenlee's single ended the game by the 10-run rule.

"Great pitching and tough defense makes for a great outcome," Pete Lazich said. "I'm proud of the boys, everyone contributed today. I'm very happy."

Denton manager Vincent Manship declined to comment on the game.

* West Salisbury sealed its spot in the winners' bracket final by upending Hughesville 12-8 in the first game of the day.

West Salisbury scored nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Grason Winterbottom led West Salisbury, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam.

Hughesville's Kyle McCallister went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

* Brunswick defeated Elkton 17-7 in five innings in the first of two losers' bracket games Sunday evening.

James Marker homered and Tyler Polesky, Aaron Fitzwater and Austin Stockman each added two hits for Brunswick, which will play Denton in a losers' bracket game this afternoon at 2.

David Willis, Alex Rosenthal, Tyler Robinson and Drew Rollins each had two hits for Elkton, which was eliminated.

* Northwest Washington eliminated South Maryland 8-6 in Sunday's late game.

Ty Love-Baker, Henry Furlong, Ben Schwartz and Jack Bailey each had two hits for Northwest Washington, which will face Hughesville today at 4 p.m. in a losers' bracket game.

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