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College Baseball: Hawks salvage a split with Harford

April 20, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The hitters for the Hagerstown Community College baseball team went through ups and downs on Saturday afternoon during the Hawks’ Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader against Harford.

In the first game, HCC came within two outs of being no-hit by left-hander Nick Stallings before Cooper Ayres doubled to right, and Harford held on for a 3-2 win.

In the second game, the Hawks got their bats going, scoring seven runs on seven hits in the first two innings on the way to an 8-6 win and a split.

“In the first game, we didn’t hit,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “Their pitcher did a good job. His ball had good movement. In the second game, we came out and swung the bats well.”

Stallings allowed two runs on one hit in 6 1/3 innings in the opener. Norm Donkin got the last two outs for the save.

Harford (31-13, 16-7) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the second game.

HCC (26-20, 10-8) responded with three runs in the bottom half. Drew DeShong singled to center, Garrett Sprankle singled to right and Eric Schanzenbacher was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Dylan Dunn hit a sacrifice fly to left for one run, and Tyler Walter and C.J. Owings each hit RBI singles to center.

The Hawks added four more runs in the second to stretch their lead to 7-2. DeShong started the rally with a double to left and took third on a groundout. One out later, Dunn drew a walk and the Hawks pulled off a successful double steal, as Dunn stole second and DeShong scampered home.

Walter ripped an RBI double to center and scored when Owings reached on a two-base throwing error. Devin Schaeffer followed with an RBI single to center.

After Harford scored a run in the fifth, HCC got its final run in the sixth when Schanzenbacher came home on a balk.

The Fighting Owls narrowed the gap to 8-6 in the seventh before HCC shut the door.

DeShong finished with three hits for the Hawks. Kevin Bair allowed two earned runs in six innings to get the win.

“Harford has a good ballclub,” Jennings said. “They pretty much dominated the region in the last two years. They are the defending region champions. We played a couple of pretty good ballgames against them. We’re playing better defensively. We have just got to be more consistent with our hitting.”

Game 1
Harford    001    010    1    —    3    8    0
HCC    100    000    1    —    2    1    1
Stallings, Donkin (7) and Koski. Partlow, Rose (7) and Dunn. WP — Stallings. LP — Partlow (7-3).
Game 2
Harford    200    010    3    —    6    8    1
HCC    340    001    x    —    8    11    3
Petrizzi, Torres (5) and Martinez. Bair, Eyler (7) and Dunn. WP — Bair (5-4). LP — Petrizzi.

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