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Hancock's bats awaken in win over Clear Spring

July 09, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — Riding on the coattails of Tyler Clingerman’s 10-strikeout performance, the Hancock 11-12 All-Stars managed to fend off a sixth-inning rally to eliminate Clear Spring from the Maryland District 1 Tournament by a score of 10-8 on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Hancock managed only one hit against Conococheague in a shutout loss. On Saturday, it was a different story for Hancock’s offense.

“The bats just came alive today,” Hancock manager Keith Potter said.

Hancock got hot early in the first. Zach Clark and Tayler Kerns each singled to leadoff. Kerns went to second on the late throw to get Clark at third, and two runners were in scoring position for Hancock. Two passed balls later, Hancock took a 2-0 lead.

Clear Spring retaliated in the home half. Jaret Lazich hit a leadoff homer to straightaway center, and Josh Colliflower added a solo shot to tie it up.

After that, Clingerman settled down. He struck out eight of the next 12 batters, giving up only one hit to allow his team time to open the scoring gap.

He helped his own cause in the top of the second, smashing a solo homer over the fence in center to break the tie. Kyle Smith gave Hancock a 5-2 lead in the third with a two-run double.

Hancock added a run in the fourth, but Clear Spring bounced back in the fifth. Lazich homered again and Colliflower singled to score Colton Aaron to tighten it up at 6-4.

Hancock added some insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Clark homered to lead off the inning and  Brady Norris hit a one-out, three-run homer to increase the lead to 10-4.

Clear Spring made things interesting in the sixth. Tyler Hill reached first on an error, then advanced on a passed ball. Conner Michael and Kyle Kehr each singled to load the bases. Jansen Forsyth was hit by a pitch to score Hill.

A passed ball let Michael and Kehr cross the plate when a misplaced throw entered the dugout. Lazich got his third RBI on a sacrifice fly to score Forsyth before a strikeout ended the rally and the game.

Hancock will travel to Sharpsburg today for an elimination game at 2 p.m.

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