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Prep Baseball: Indians overwhelm Lions

April 12, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — As it turned out, the five runs the Berkeley Springs baseball team scored in the first inning against Broadfording were just an appetizer.

The Indians added 10 runs in each of the next two innings on their way to a 31-0 smothering of the Lions.

“We approached this game like we do every other game,” Berkeley Springs coach Ron Bittinger said. “We wanted the kids to work on their mechanics.”

Zane Mokhiber drove in the first two Berkeley Springs runs — runners who reached on errors — when he slapped a bases-loaded single in the first inning.

Noah Sipe drove in a run with a double and the other two runs scored on an error to put the Indians up 5-0.

Berkeley Springs’ 10-run second was highlighted by Tyler Holt’s three-run home run that capped off the inning and gave the Indians (8-9) a 15-0 lead.

“Obviously, Broadfording is in a rebuilding year,” Bittinger said. “That’s how baseball is — it goes in cycles. But they’ll be back.”

Berkeley Springs started the third inning off with three consecutive doubles and was aided by two Broadfording fielding errors.

An RBI double by Scotty Hesser scored Kaleb Athey and Hesser later scored on another Lions error to put Berkeley Springs up 18-0. Zach Wise’s two-run single and Holt’s RBI single broadened the lead to 21-0 before Brady Spielman — who doubled earlier in the inning — made another plate appearance.

Spielman got into a pitch with the bases loaded and sent it over the fence in center field to put the Indians up 25-0.

Berkeley Springs scored 10 runs on six hits before Broadfording recorded the first out in the third inning.

Broadfording looked poised to break its scoring drought in the bottom of the fourth when Joe Garrish led off with a double, but he was stranded at third to end the inning.

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