College Baseball: Trojans capitalize on HCC's 'bad day'

April 03, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • HCC center fielder Chris Kulik makes a diving attempt to catch the ball against Allegany in the third inning Tuesday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Allegany College’s first 11 batters reached base to start the game against Hagerstown Community College, and all of them scored, putting the visiting Trojans well on their way to a 17-1 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday.

The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

“It was a bad day,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “When your starting pitcher never gets a man out, it’s going to be a long day. There were too many walks in the first inning. There were a couple of dropped balls in the field that should have been caught. They were better than us in every phase of the game. The game was over before we came to bat.”

HCC (17-16, 4-7) got off to a 10-1 start this season, but has gone 7-15 since then, losing six of its last eight games.

Allegany pitcher Ryan Redinger gave up only one run and two hits in seven innings to get the win.

“Ryan Redinger was around the plate,” Allegany coach Steve Bazarnic said. “He did what he had to do. It seemed like that he got stronger as the game went on.”

Allegany (14-9-1, 7-5) brought a total of 15 batters up to the plate in the top half of the first inning. The Trojans used patience at the plate to draw five walks and force two HCC pitchers to throw a combined total of 72 pitches during the top of the first.

Chuck Beaston, Dylan Corl and Brandon Miller all drew walks to start the first-inning rally for Allegany. Braedon Pennington made it to first on an infield error to bring home one run, and Cayman Hoggard reached on an outfield error to score another run. Cameron Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk to force home another run to extend the Trojans’ lead to 3-0.

That turned out to be the end of the day for HCC starting pitcher Thomas Rose (2-5) as he left after throwing 30 pitches to six batters.

Dylan Dunn came on in relief for the Hawks and lasted four innings.

Allegany continued its first-inning rally as it got RBI singles by Jake Weibley and Andy Glass before Justin Berkstresser drew a bases-loaded walk. Beaston clubbed a two-run double to center and Corl ripped a two-run single to center. Corl moved to second on a dropped throw and went to third, one out later, on a single to left by Pennington. Corl came home on a sacrifice fly to center by Hoggard.

The Trojans got a run in the top of the third when Miller scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Taylor.

HCC got its only run in the bottom of the third when Jacob Kenney scored on a wild pitch.

Dylan Eyler pitched the last three innings for the Hawks.

Allegany scored its last five runs in the top of the seventh.

“It was just one of those days where things worked out for us,” Bazarnic said. “Our hitters were patient at the plate. We take pitches. We hit the ball when we needed it. When you score early, it is a long game.”

Allegany 17, HCC 1
Allegany    (11)01    000    5    —    17    13    0
HCC    001    000    0    —    1    2    7
Redinger and Taylor. Rose, Dunn (1), Eyler (5) and Torres, Haupt (5). WP — Redinger. LP — Rose (2-5).

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