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Delaware silences Clear Spring's bats

August 01, 2010

CRANSTON, R.I. -- The Clear Spring bats that produced big offensive numbers were quieted Sunday in the opening round of the Little League Baseball 9-10 Eastern Regional Tournament.

Representing Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic Division, Clear Spring mustered only one hit in a tough 1-0 setback to Delaware in the beginning of pool play.

Maryland will return to pool-play action Tuesday at 11 a.m. against New Jersey.

"We were not aggressive and left a lot of pitches go by," said manager Pete Lazich. "There were some nerves. This is a big deal for 9- and 10-year-olds."

The lone run of the game came in the fifth inning.

Jack Dubecq lined a double to left off Clear Spring's Tyler Hill, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a base hit to center by Danny Miller, Delaware's starting pitcher.

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It's not that Clear Spring's pitchers were ineffective.

Josh Colliflower started and went 50 pitches before Hill came in in the fourth and Jaret Lazich finished up. Clear Spring allowed only four hits.

"Delaware was solid, walked only one and we just didn't have the opportunities to make anything happen," said Pete Lazich.

Clear Spring's lone hit came in the second inning on a double by Ajay Yost. Otherwise, the only other baserunners came from a walk and two Delaware errors.

"I didn't think we'd get overpowered," said Lazich. "Myself and everyone else are stunned, shocked."

Clear Spring plays four games in pool play. The top two teams in the Mid-Atlantic and New England Division each moving to the semifinals.

Clear Spring will use its off day today to take a trip to Pawtucket, R.I., for a minor league baseball game. Former Clear Spring High School star Adam Mills, a pitcher for Pawtucket, will meet the team.

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