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Hawks must settle for doubleheader split with Garrett

April 21, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College baseball team settled for a split of its Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader with Garrett Community College on Thursday. The Hawks pulled out a 4-3 win in the first game before Garrett won the second game, 6-3.

In the opener, HCC (26-17, 10-9) snapped a 3-3 tie with Garrett (13-25, 8-8) by scoring the deciding run in the fifth inning. Tyeler Presgraves led off with a walk, and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Seth Poffenberger came through with a double to right to drive in Presgraves.

Southpaw pitcher Jordan Thurber worked the first five innings for the Hawks and got the win, while Dylan Schaeffer worked a perfect final two innings with three strikeouts for the save.

“In the first game, we pitched well and we played good defense,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “We had some timely hits early and we got on top early. Schaeffer did a great job in relief.”

HCC got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the first. Poffenberger started the Hawks’ rally by ripping a triple to center. Rashad Talley walked and stole second. Thurber grounded out to second to score Poffenberger and send Talley to third. Talley came home when Tyler Walsh reached on an infield error. Danny Morris singled to left and Walsh moved to third, before Morris went to second on an errant pickoff attempt that allowed Walsh to score.

The Lakers got a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie it at 3.

In the second game, Garrett took a 1-0 lead in the first on a bases-loaded walk.

HCC took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half. With two outs, Thurber singled to center and scored on a double to left by Walsh. Morris followed with a single to center to drive in Walsh.

Garrett tied the score in the second on an RBI double to left by Daniel Warnick, then scored two runs in the third to take the lead for good at 4-2 on a pair of walks and RBI singles by Julius Niemand and Benjamin Russell.

Garrett boosted its lead to 6-2 in the fourth on a sacrifice flies by Jose Soto and Jason Ashby.

HCC scored its final run in the seventh when Chris Kulik doubled to center and scored on a single to left by Josh Knupp.

Garrett pitcher Alex Frapart gave up only three runs in the complete-game victory.

“In Game 2, walks got us into trouble,” Jennings said. “Four out of their six guys that walked ended up scoring. That is a bad combination when you give up a lot of walks and don’t hit the ball. You have to give their pitcher credit. He kept us off-balance. We were a little overanxious at the plate.”

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Game 1
Garrett    000    120    0    —    3    6    3
HCC    300    010    x    —    4    5    1
Miller, Niemand (6) and Soto. Thurber, Schaeffer (6) and Torres. WP — Thurber (1-2). LP — Miller. S — Schaeffer (1).

Game 2

Garrett    112    200    0    —    6    6    0
HCC    200    000    1    —    3    5    1
Frapart and Russell. Shobe, Crist (4) and Morgan. WP — Frapart. LP — Shobe.

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