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College Baseball: Hawks bow out of Region XX act

May 12, 2013|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — It wasn’t a case of what the Hagerstown Community College baseball team did.

It was more a matter of what the Hawks didn’t do.

Missed opportunities came back to bite HCC as Harford scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning on Sunday to notch a come-from-behind 7-4 victory and eliminate the Hawks from the Region XX tournament.

“We just couldn’t come up with the big play or the big hit,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “We left the bases loaded in the seventh inning. That kind of changed the momentum of the game. We had chances to add onto the lead and we didn’t.”

It put an end to the season for HCC (30-27), which posted its ninth 30-win season in 10 years. The Hawks blew a lead late to finish 0-2 in the tournament.

HCC led 4-2 heading into the eighth until Harford blew the game open. Justin Gartner was hit by a pitch and Jon McAllister walked to start the the Owls’ rally and Jordan Glover loaded the bases with a one-out bunt.

It set the table for Jerry Jerminski’s base-clearing double to center to put Harford up 5-4. Jerminski scored on Nick Freeberger’s double, who later scored on a Sean Downing groundout to stake the Owls to a three-run lead.

“We were right there with a two-run lead in the eighth inning,” Jennings said. “The eighth inning was a disaster. The damage shouldn’t have been as bad as what it was. We just couldn’t finish it. You have to be able to finish it.”

Harford starter Kyle Hurley allowed four runs, striking out 10, to earn a complete game victory.

“When we needed a big hit, we got a big hit,” Harford coach Tom Eller said. “We were waiting for certain pitches and then we were able to drive them. Kyle Hurley threw well. He just got stronger as he got later in the game.”

Harford took a 1-0 lead in the first on Glover’s solo home run to left field.

HCC tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning as Garrett Sprankle was hit by a pitch with one out, took third on Eric Schanzenbacher’s double to center and scored on Dylan Dunn’s sacrifice fly.

The Hawks took a 3-1 lead in the third when Tyler Walter hit a sacrifice fly to center and an RBI double by Devin Schaeffer.

The Owls cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth when McAllister scored on a Glover’s grounder to second.

HCC extended its lead to 4-2 in the sixth when Walter doubled to left and scored on C.J. Owings’ single to center.

Harford 7, HCC 4
Harford    100    001    050    —    7    9    0
HCC    102    001    000    —    4    6    1
Hurley and Koski. Partlow, Kirby (8) and Dunn. WP — Hurley. LP — Partlow. HR — Har: Glover (1st, none on).

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