Blazers flatten Panthers to even record

April 11, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Clear Spring's Logan Appel (7) is greeted at home plate by teammates after belting a two-run homer in the fifth inning Monday at Hancock.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HANCOCK — The Clear Spring baseball team got back to .500 on Monday with a 12-2 thrashing of Hancock that was cut short after the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Logan Appel and Dylan Stouffer — the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters for Clear Spring — paced the Blazers’ offense. Appel went 2-for-3, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and finished the day with three RBIs. Stouffer went 2-for-4 with a sixth-inning grand slam that sealed the game for the Blazers (3-3).

Clear Spring starting pitcher Nick Hill also was key. He threw five innings, giving up two runs on only three hits and striking out six.

“I thought the difference today was that Nick Hill pitched for us,” Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. “He stepped up for us, and that was big.”

Pitching was a different story for the Panthers (2-4) as the Clear Spring bats roughed them up.

Hancock starting pitcher Donnie O’Brien allowed six earned runs on five hits and five walks while striking out one in 4 1/3 innings.  

“You got to get ahead of hitters,” Hancock coach Brian Kerns said. “That’s the key.”

Hancock couldn’t get its bats working either. The hits came few and far between for the Panthers, who went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

“We need somebody to provide leadership in those situations,” Kerns said.

Dylan Moser opened the scoring for Clear Spring in the second inning with an RBI single. Moser scored later in the inning on a fielder’s choice and Tyler Walling crossed the plate when O’Brien issued a bases-loaded walk to give the Blazers a 3-0 lead.

The Blazers were helped with clutch hitting, going 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Hancock got two runs back in the third inning with a two-run bomb by Hunter McKinley.

Dylan Appel drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning, and Logan Appel followed with a two-run homer to give the Blazers a 6-2 lead. Jared Brant hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, Logan Appeal drove in another run on a single and Stouffer’s grand slam capped the scoring for the Blazers.

Clear Spring 12, Hancock 2
Clear Spring    030 036    —    12    8    2
Hancock    002 000    —    2    3    1
WP — Hill. LP — O’Brien. HR — CS: Stouffer, L. Appel; H: McKinley.

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