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Prep Baseball: Blazers' afternoon-long quest ends in a split second in comeback win over Brunswick

April 16, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Clear Spring pitcher Davis Moser winds up to deliver a pitch against Brunswick on Monday during the Blazers' 9-8 victory.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring baseball team may have battled for seven innings, but just needed a split second to win a game on Monday.

Pinch runner Ryan Lazich stole home in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Blazers a come-from-behind 9-8 MVAL Antietam victory over Brunswick.

“(The steal) was a last-second decision,” Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. “But I thought the difference today was the character of the team and the way they fought back.”

The Blazers (5-5, 4-5) trailed 7-2 after 4 1/2 innings, but scored seven runs in the their final three turns at-bat to pull out the victory.

The Blazers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied at 8-8 to set up Lazich, who ran for Adam Mellott after he singled, to set up his steal of home.

The Blazers trailed 3-2 heading into the fifth inning. Brunswick’s Joey Fawley belted a two-run homer and Zach Hossler and Dylan Brown each hit RBI singles to put the Railroaders (8-3, 5-3) up 7-2.

Clear Spring matched Brunswick’s output in the fifth inning, but in a different manner.

Brent Mentzer scored the Blazers’ first run of the inning by stealing home after legging out a triple. Logan Appel, Mellott and Brandon Haupt each hit solo homers to shrink Brunswick’s lead to 8-7.

“We had a power explosion in the fifth inning,” Shives said. “But that’s the nice thing about this squad, we know we’re going to be able to score some runs.”

Clear Spring’s defense took the spotlight in the final two innings — namely, Jared Brant.

The left fielder gunned out Brunswick’s Brett Strahin at the plate to complete a double play. Then, in the seventh inning, Brant vaulted above the fence to rob what would have easily been a Brunswick home run.

“I tip my cap to Clear Spring,” Brunswick coach Roger Dawson said. “It was a great throw by (Brant) at the plate. The catch he made to rob the home run really brought them back.”

Appel slapped another home run — a two-run blast — in the sixth inning to tie the game at 8-8 after the Railroaders added a run in the top of the inning.

Appel finished 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs for Clear Spring.

Clear Spring 9, Brunswick 8
Brunswick     003    041    0    —    8    9    0
Clear Spring    100    142    1    —    9    10    2
Shreve, Wenner (5), Darling (6) and Strahin. Moser, Kinna (5), Mentzer (5), Stouffer (6) and Haupt. WP — Stouffer. LP — Wenner.

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