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Prep Baseball: Clear Spring unloads in Smithsburg

May 02, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — When Clear Spring unloads its bats, it unloads with commitment.

The Blazers went the five-inning route on Wednesday, slamming out 13 hits on the way to a 15-2 victory over Smithsburg in the MVAL Antietam Conference.

Five players had two hits each as the Blazers (10-6, 7-6) highlighted the night with an eight-run third inning.

Dylan Stouffer and Jared Brant each had two hits, including a home run, and Nick Hill, Adam Mellott and Hunter Fiddler each had a pair of hits.

“We’ve been making the swings like we need, attacking the baseball and being positive,” said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives.

Clear Spring struck for four runs in the second off Smithsburg’s Josh Miller. Fiddler singled in Mellott and, with the bases loaded, Brent Mentzer emptied the bases with a double for a 4-0 lead.

The Blazers came back an inning later with five singles, including a two-run hit by Fiddler, for a 9-0 lead before Stouffer banged out a three-run homer.

Brant led off the fifth with a solo home run, and the Blazers added three in the fifth, ripping three doubles.

“We needed to make better pitches,” said Smithsburg coach Trey Cobb. “We just couldn’t get an out, no matter who we threw out there to pitch.”

Smithsburg (3-16, 1-12) scored its two runs in the third against Hill. Devin Baker singled, Miller walked and two wild pitches and a groundout brought in both to score for the Leopards.

Hill and reliever Forrest Williamson allowed Smithsburg only two hits, the other Smithsburg hit by Miller in the first inning.

Shives pulled Hill with one out in the third because of wildness.

“You’re pitching with a big lead, you have good stuff, why not go after them,” said Shives. “(Hill) didn’t and he was out.”

Clear Spring 15, Smithsburg 2
Clear Spring    048    12    —    15    13    1
Smithsburg    002    00    —    2    2    2
Hill, Williamson and Stouffer. Miller, Shifler (3), Hedjuk (4) and Durning. WP—Williamson. LP—Miller. HR—CS: Stouffer (3rd, two on); Brant (4th, none on).

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