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Prep Baseball: Blazers' bats go bump in night to scare off Warriors

April 04, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — No lead was safe, at least until the final out was recorded, as nightfall hit Clear Spring.

In a near three-hour meeting, Clear Spring and Boonsboro exchanged leads five times before the Blazers put the lid on a 14-8 victory.

Clear Spring pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 10-8 lead before adding four in the sixth to salt away an MVAL Antietam Conference victory.

“This week we’ve got victories over two good 1A teams,” said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives.

The Blazers defeated Brunswick on Monday and travel to meet North Hagerstown today.

No doubt Clear Spring (3-3, 2-3) would like to find more pitching — it’s got the hitting as demonstrated with 10 hits on Wednesday, including a pair of two-run home runs by Jared Brant.

Dylan Stouffer took off his catcher’s equipment to pitch in relief, allowing only one run and three hits while striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.

“(Dylan) likes to come out from the plate and he pitches with emotion on his sleeve,” said Shives. “He threw strikes today.”

He replaced Adam Mellott, who worked his way out of an inning without allowing a run after walking the bases loaded with one out.

After Stouffer surrendered a fifth-inning run to allow Boonsboro (3-4, 2-3) to take an 8-7 lead on an RBI single by Justin Lewis, the Blazers charged back.

Two singles, a walk and a hit batter got one run in before Brandon Haupt’s two-run single gave the Blazers a 10-8 lead.

Three singles, a walk and two errors in the sixth led to four Blazers runs for a 14-8 lead.

Brant had a massive two-run homer in the first inning as Clear Spring took a 4-1 lead.

Boonsboro answered with six in the third on singles by Lewis and Cibula, a double by Dustin Gregory, two walks and one error.

Clear Spring came back to tie the game at 7 in the bottom of the third on Logan Appel’s single, a balk and an RBI single by Nick Hill, who then scored on Brant’s second homer, this one with some aiding wind.

“Home runs count, hit hard or wind-aided,” said Shives. “We’re putting the ball in play. I just need to find a pitching staff.”

Appel ended with three hits while Mentzer, Hill and Brant each had two.

Boonsboro coach Ben Leonard would like his entire team on the field. Injuries and health problems kept regulars Riley Stephenson, Nathan Hardy and Gunnar Whipp out of the lineup, and Lewis is playing nicked up.

“We’ve got some impact guys missing, but I’ve also got some guys pitching I’m trying to figure out that have not progressed,” said Leonard. “Right now it looks like pitching by committee.”

The Warriors had 11 hits and received nine walks. Lewis had three hits and Gregory and Zach Poffenberger each had two hits.

Clear Spring 14, Boonsboro 8
Boonsboro    106    010    0    —    8    11    3
Clear Spring    403    034    x    —    14    10    1
Cibula, Lewis (5), Strunk (6) and Gregory. Williamson, Kinna (3), Mellott (4), Stouffer (5) and Stouffer, Elwood (5). WP — Stouffer. LP — Cibula. HR — CS: Brant 2 (1st, one on; 3rd, one on).

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