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HCC, Dundalk split twinbill

April 09, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — Sometimes, what you don’t know might not hurt you.

Sophomore southpaw pitcher Taylor Fulk was unaware that he had a no-hitter until after he lost it.

Fulk did finish off a one-hitter to give Hagerstown Community College a 3-2 win over Dundalk in the second game of a Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader split Saturday afternoon.

“I didn’t know that I had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning,” Fulk said. “I’m just glad that I felt good enough to go out there and get a win.”

With the score tied at 2, Fulk lost his no-hitter with one out in the top of the seventh inning when David Brock singled to left for Dundalk (20-13, 8-4). Fulk gave up a walk one out later, but he kept the Lions from scoring.

“Taylor pitched a great game,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “He gave us exactly what we needed. We needed a good effort from him.”

HCC (23-12, 8-6) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Leadoff hitter Rashad Talley was hit by a pitch and Jordan Thurber hit a one-out single to right to advance Talley to third. Thurber stole second, leading Dundalk to intentionally walk Tyler Walsh to load the bases. Marcellus Sumlin followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Talley and give the Hawks the win.

“We didn’t hit great today, but we got the timely hits when we needed them,” Jennings said. “We manufactured the last run that we scored. We did what we needed to do.”

Thurber and Justin Martinez had two hits each for the Hawks.

HCC scored its first run in the third when Walsh singled to left to drive in Seth Poffenberger. In the fifth, Thurber walked and scored when Walsh reached on a throwing error.

Dundalk leadoff hitter Jordan Johnson scored both of the Lions’ runs and had a pair of stolen baes.

In the first game, Dundalk starter Curtis Randall fanned seven in six innings to lift the Lions to a 3-2 win.

HCC got two runs in the fifth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Martinez and Tyeler Presgraves.

Martinez, Presgraves and Lazaro Torres had two hits apiece for the Hawks.

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