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11-12 tourney: Clear Spring mixes old, new to get past Federal

July 05, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Pete Lazich is using a basic philosophy for his Clear Spring Little League 11-12 All-Stars.

That is, out with the old and in with the new.

In Clear Spring’s case, there is a lot of old carrying over to the new.

Clear Spring used its playoff experience to its advantage on Thursday as it scored in every inning and hit three home runs to defeat host Federal 16-6, ending its Maryland District 1 tournament opener by the 10-run rule in the fifth.

Clear Spring entered the tournament with a roster full of players who won the 9-10 state title two years ago.

“My philosophy coming in was not to care what this team did when they were 10,” said Lazich, Clear Spring’s manager. “We are starting new today. This is a new team and we have new places to go.”

But Clear Spring’s new style had familiar old methods about it.

It started as Clear Spring used two home runs — a three-run shot by Josh Colliflower in the first and a leadoff blast to center by Tyler Hill in the second — to build an early 6-0 lead.

“That’s a good team,” said Federal manager Dennis Corapi. “We just let them get on top of us and we didn’t respond.”

Hill’s homer gave Clear Spring a 4-0 lead against Federal starter Max Conrad. Garrett Embly followed with a bunt single and Jaret Lazich doubled. Embly scored on Dylan Altman’s grounder to the mound before Lazich followed him home on a throwing error on the play for the six-run advantage.

Clear Spring took a 7-0 lead in the third as Hill reached on a two-base error and scored on Dorian King’s single.

“We have a lot of old names, but a couple of new names on this team,” Pete Lazich said. “One of the new ones (King) had a nice hit tonight ... that’s what it’s all about.”

Federal, playing as the visiting team, came back with two runs against Clear Spring starter Colliflower with its first two hits of the game. Jakob Connor hit a two-out single before Kalem Corbin launched a homer to right to trim the deficit to 7-2.

Clear Spring answered immediately with four runs in the bottom of the inning, starting the rally against reliever Andrew Blake.

Jaret Lazich walked and Altman was hit by a pitch before they stole second and third. Lazich scored on a ball-four wild pitch to A.J. Yost. Colliflower and Connor Michael hit RBI singles around Zach Greenlee’s run-scoring grounder for an 11-2 lead.

“The kids didn’t give up,” Corapi said. “We scored some runs to get back into the game, but we didn’t hold them in the next inning. That’s something we have to work on. We’re not out of this yet.”

Federal put up four runs in the fifth on Bryant Shives’ RBI double off Yost and Alex Walter’s three-run homer off Hill to tighten it to 11-6.

Clear Spring ended the game with five runs in the fifth as Jaret Lazich blasted a leadoff homer to left. Altman and Yost each singled before Colliflower hit an RBI double. After Greenlee added an RBI single and Michael drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, Chase Reed capped the game with a double to center that allowed Michael to score from first.

“We hit the ball tonight and we put the ball in play to make them make plays,” Pete Lazich said.

Colliflower, the winning pitcher, paced Clear Spring with three hits and five RBIs.

Clear Spring will host West End on Friday at 6 p.m. in a winners’ bracket quarterfinal, while Federal will host a losers’ bracket game on Saturday.

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