CLEAR SPRING — At first glance, Wednesday’s Williamsport-Clear Spring baseball game appeared destined to be a low-scoring MVAL Antietam affair.
Williamsport held a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the second, even after starter Tyler Byers was chased. Tyson Cline got two strikeouts with the bases loaded to preserve the advantage.
Then, the bats came alive. Scoring was the norm as Williamsport charged to a 24-13 lead before the game was halted after four innings due to darkness. The completion is yet to be scheduled.
Williamsport started the deluge with seven runs in the top of the third inning to jump out to an 11-2 advantage, highlighted by Zach Lewis’ three-run homer. Lucas led the Wildcats with seven RBIs.
“I started the season slow. I’m glad I’ve gotten hot, I’ve been swinging the bat well,” said Lucas. “Other kids on our team were contributing too.”
Clear Spring roared back with eight runs in the bottom of the third. Brent Menzer drew a bases-loaded walk and Nick Hill and Dylan Stouffer each added a two-run single to get the Blazers started. Then, after Logan Appel was hit by a pitch, Kyle Franks launched a three-run homer over the fence in left field.
Williamsport took back the momentum by scoring 13 runs in the fourth inning, largely helped by eight Clear Spring walks. Will Bowen smacked a grand slam his second time at-bat in the inning. Lucas drove in two more runs.
“We swung the bats well and we were patient at the plate,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz. “Those back-to-back big innings were huge for us.”
Clear Spring got three runs back in the bottom of the fourth.
“This is embarrassing. (Williamsport’s) hitters backed their pitchers and we ran ourselves out of a few opportunities,” said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives. “Their pitchers outgutted our pitchers. I would rather see them hit the ball 400 feet than take four straight balls. That’s on me. I need to put a better product on the field than that.”
Williamsport 227 (13) — 24 16 1
Clear Spring 208 3 — 13 10 2
Byers, Cline (2), Shank (3), Sauble (4) and Butts. Hill, Mellott (3), Stouffer (4), Kees (4), D. Appel (4) and Moser. HR — W: Lucas (3rd, two on); Nally (4th, none on); Bowen (4th, three on). CS: Franks (3rd, two on).