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11-12 tourney: Lazich blasts three homers as Clear Spring advances

July 06, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring Little League 11-12 All-Stars wasted little time establishing its offense on Friday.

Clear Spring tagged West End for 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-2 victory in four innings in the Maryland District 1 winners’ bracket quarterfinals.

Clear Spring will host South Mountain on Monday at 6 p.m. in the winners’ bracket semifinals. West End will travel to American on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a losers’ bracket contest.

Jaret Lazich led the way for Clear Spring, going 3-for-3 with three home runs and five RBIs. He led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw. Later in the frame, he added a two-run blast.

“They gave me the strikes down the middle and I took them,” said Lazich. “I just keep my head on the ball and see where it goes.”

Lazich’s third homer came in the second, when he launched a two-run shot to left center.

“When you see the pitcher and you’re able to see the curveball, you’re able to do something with it,” said Clear Spring manager Pete Lazich.

Zach Greenlee contributed to Clear Spring’s huge first inning with a two-run single. Eight of Clear Spring’s starters scored at least one run.

Dorian King scored on a wild pitch in the second, and Greenlee stole home on a groundout by Tyler Hill in the third to round out Clear Spring’s scoring.

“We’re always looking at the little things that we don’t do correctly and trying to fix them,” said Pete Lazich. “The small things are what we talk about in the dugout. We had a good game today, but it’s a long tournament.”

West End got on the board in the top of the first when Tyler Baker scored on a wild pitch. C.J. Bright scored in the third on an RBI bunt single by Miz Norris. However, West End’s bats were silenced in the fourth on three strikeouts by Hill.

“We ran into a good hitting team but we didn’t execute. They’re probably the best team in the tournament, we watched them yesterday at Federal,” said West End manager Tom Stevenson. “Hopefully we can go to American tomorrow and make a run.”

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