Yost gets most from Clear Spring teammates

June 30, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — In baseball, it’s all about the teamwork. And that’s what mattered most for Clear Spring pitcher Ajay Yost.

“I won because I had my teammates behind me,” Yost said. “It was all because of them.”

Yost struck out eight without walking a batter in five innings, and Clear Spring eliminated Halfway from the Maryland District 1 10-11 Tournament with a 5-4 victory.

Clear Spring earned a trip to Valley tonight at 6 for the championship round. Clear Spring will have to beat Valley tonight and again Saturday to win the title.

Halfway struck in the top of the first for an early lead. Riley Wolfensberger and Gavin Thompson each singled. With one out, Seth Hartman hit a single to load the bases before an error at the mound plated Thompson for a 1-0 lead. Yost got out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout.

Clear Spring took control in the bottom half. Zach Greenlee hit a leadoff single and Dylan Altman drew a walk. Zach Hill followed with a single to bring Greenlee home and tie it at 1. A passed ball scored Altman before Yost helped his own cause with a single to score Hill for a 3-1 lead. Two straight walks loaded the bases with no outs, but the threat ended with a double play on a popup, followed by a strikeout.

Clear Spring scored again in the third. Dorian King hit a grounder that was mishandled for a two-base error, setting up Josh Lee’s RBI single for a 4-1 lead.

On the mound — Yost retired seven straight, striking out four — before allowing another Halfway run. James Becker reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth and went to second on a passed ball. An error put Becker on third, and he scored on an errant throw to tighten the gap to 4-2.

Halfway tied the game in the fifth. Camryn Keller reached first on an error at short and scored on Hartman’s RBI triple. Jaden Brady’s RBI double scored Hartman for the tie before Yost got himself out of the jam with a flyout to center and his eighth strikeout.

Yost’s teammates came through in the bottom of the fifth.

Zach Hill and King each singled and advanced on a passed ball. A fielder’s choice by Cory Sensenbaugh brought Reed home with the winning run.

“In the games we’ve played, still gotta play, pitching is crucial,” Clear Spring manager Rob Embly said. “(Yost) was a stud.”

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