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Prep Softball: Blazers pick up where they left off

April 30, 2013|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK — Back on April 19, the Clear Spring softball team was in the middle of a rally in the bottom of the second inning where it scored five runs to take a 5-1 lead over Hancock when rain suspended play.

When the suspended game was continued on Tuesday at Hancock, Clear Spring scored two additional runs in the second to make the lead 7-1 and the Blazers went on to beat the Panthers 13-3 in five innings.

Then, in the regularly scheduled game, the Blazers won again by the 10-run rule, 12-1 in five innings.

Clear Spring raised its record to 12-3, while Hancock is 8-7.

Clear Spring sealed the opening win with two runs in the fifth, capped by senior shortstop Sarah Blickenstaff’s walkoff RBI single to left.

“All of us just came alive with our bats and we were able to finish the first game off well,” Blickenstaff said. “I was just glad that I was able to hit the ball.”

Sarah Elwood, Brooklyn Drury and Kristen Mellott ripped three hits each for Clear Spring. Elwood finished with three RBIs, while Mellott banged a solo homer and finished with with two RBIs.

Drury earned a complete-game win, allowing two earned runs in five innings.

Jessica Martin led Hancock with two hits.

In the regularly scheduled game, Blickenstaff and Mellott had three hits each for Clear Spring.

“We hit very well again in the second game and we had good defense,” Blickenstaff said. “We came in with the right attitude of trying to win the game right away.”

“We feel that we have a pretty good chance of going far in the playoffs. Our bats are starting to come alive,” Blickenstaff said.

Lexi Albert finished with two hits and four RBIs for the Blazers. Tori Albert had two hits.

Mellott gave up only one run on one hit while striking out seven to get the complete-game win.

Clear Spring started off with five runs in the second. The Blazers added four runs in the third and three more in the fourth.

Sarah Wagner had the only hit for Hancock, a leadoff single to center in the second. Wagner stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on the front end of a double steal for the Panthers’ only run.

“Clear Spring has a real good team,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “They are very well coached. They make fundamental plays and they make smart decisions. We didn’t make good decisions today when we had the opportunity. When we did hit the ball, we hit it right at people. We just have to keep moving forward, that is all that we can do.”

The Blazers banged out 14 hits in the suspended game and 12 in the regularly scheduled game.

Clear Spring 13-12, Hancock 3-1
Game 1
Hancock    100    11    —    3    6    0
Clear Spring    072    22    —    13    14    2
Demory, Harvey (2) and Martin. Drury and Zimmerman. WP — Drury. LP — Demory. HR — CS: Mellott (2nd, none on).
Game 2
Clear Spring    054    30    —    12    12    1
Hancock    010    00    —    1    1    4
Mellott and Zimmerman. Demory and Martin. WP — Mellott. LP — Demory.

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