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College Baseball: Schanzenbacher delivers for HCC in split with Catonsville

April 28, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College split its final two regular-season games of the season with CCBC-Catonsville on Saturday, winning the first game 9-8 and dropping the second 14-0.

HCC (27-25) won the first game in walkoff fashion, as Eric Schanzenbacher stroked a game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring T.J. Costigan and Andrew Zeger.

Costigan pinch-ran for Lazaro Torres, who singled, and was followed by a four-pitch walk to Zeger. Josh Knupp singled to load the bases for Schanzenbacher, who laced a fastball to left-center field.

“When I got up (to bat) I was looking fastball. I just found my pitch and took it,” said Schanzenbacher.

“That was a big hit for us,” said HCC coach Scott Jennings. “We pecked away and we got them at the end. This was a good win against a quality team.”

Catonsville (29-13-1) jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning, highlighted by Marquis Curry’s two-RBI single. HCC cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Chris Kulik and a fielder’s choice groundout by Drew DeShong.

Kenny Cicero scored in the second inning and Brandon Grove and Kyle LaPlant scored in the third for the Cardinals, but the Hawks kept chipping away. HCC scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to cut the deficit to two, and tied the game at 7-7 in the sixth with runs by Schanzenbacher and Josh Knupp.

Cicero singled in the top of the seventh to score LaPlant and give Catonsville an 8-7 lead. That was the only run given up by HCC’s Dylan Eyler, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief.

“Eyler did a great job,” Jennings said. “They’re a fastball-hitting team and he really threw them off.”

HCC’s fortunes drastically changed in the nightcap, however, as Catonsville teed off on the Hawks. The Cardinals were up 5-0 after three innings and then put together a seven-run fourth. Wood had two RBIs in the frame while Christian Laidley, Travis Hoffman, Brian Flacco, Keandre Jones and Ian Snedney each added one.

The game ended in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

“I’m going to try to forget that second game. It just got out of control,” said Jennings. “It’s a long season and you’re going to have some of those games. But, we won three of our last four of the season, so that should give us a lift heading into the playoffs.”

“I think the biggest thing we have to know is that we’ve been here before,” Schanzenbacher said. “Sometimes we make the most of our opportunities and sometimes that doesn’t happen.”

HCC will play in the Region XX tournament May 11-13.

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CCBC-Catonsville 8-14, HCC 9-0
Game 1
CCBC-Catonsville    412    000    1    —    8    9    2
HCC    211    102    2    —    9    10    4
Moran, Marks (5), Schillinberg (7) and LaPlant. Ianaro, Bair (2), Eyler (4), Meikrantz (7) and Torres. WP — Meikrantz (4-4). LP — Schillenberg.
Game 2
CCBC-Catonsville    032    71    —    14    11    2
HCC    000    00    —    0    2    1
Clark and Overmiller, Marks (3). Rose, Schaeffer (4), Dr. DeShong (4), Dunn (5) and Dunn, Torres (5). WP — Clark. LP — Rose (4-6).

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