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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
Ron Baker is a student of the game. He knows it takes some good players and good assistant coaches to help bring it all together. Having just completed his ninth season as Clear Spring's softball coach, Baker now has a string of six seasons with records above .500. While there was no Antietam Conference championship for Baker, or for any other Washington County school this season, the Blazers did fashion the top county record at 14-5. Baker is the Herald-Mail Softball Coach of the Year.
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By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent | April 5, 2012
Clear Spring's Amber Forrest pitched a no-hit shutout Thursday to lead the Blazers to an 11-0 victory over North Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam softball game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule. “That was my first (no-hitter) of the season,” Forrest said. “The defense was really behind me today.” Needing only one out to complete the no-no, Forrest pitched to North's Laken Feeser, who made contact with the pitch and sent it trickling toward the pitcher's mound.
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By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 13, 2013
While the Clear Spring and Smithsburg softball teams both had opportunities Monday, it was the Blazers who were able to capitalize, defeating the Leopards 3-1 in the Maryland Class 1A West region East section semifinals. All three of Smithsburg's errors came in the bottom of the second inning, when Clear Spring scored all three of its runs. “We had a bad inning, and against good teams like Clear Spring, that comes back to get you,” said Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart, whose team finished 12-7 this year (1-2 against Clear Spring)
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By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com | April 5, 2013
Clear Spring's softball team took advantage of excellent baserunning and a shaky South Hagerstown defense Friday to earn an 11-0 MVAL Antietam shutout of the Rebels in a game shortened to 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule. The Blazers (4-1, 4-1) only had six hits, but 10 steals and five South errors helped spark their offense. “That's the one thing we have concentrated on,” said Clear Spring coach Ron Baker. “We spent a good time on base running and today the girls responded.
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By DAN KAUFFMAN | April 29, 2009
Eight of Clear Spring's nine starters had at least one hit Tuesday as the No. 7 Blazers finished with 13 hits and beat North Hagerstown 7-5 for their first win over the Hubs since April 11, 2005. "When we played North the first time (an 11-7 loss on April 1), they hit the ball better than us," Blazers coach Ron Baker said. "We've improved since then and it's been a team effort. ... North's a good team. We knew we weren't going to shut them out. We had to score some runs. " Clear Spring (9-3)
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By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
Generosity is usually a good thing, but in softball, it can prove costly. Clear Spring gifted North Hagerstown two runs on three walks and an error in the first inning of Monday's MVAL Antietam contest, and it set the tone as the Hubs rolled to a 6-0 lead and beat the Blazers 6-3. “Scoring early gave the girls confidence,” North coach Amanda Fleming said. “The first time we played them, we had a lot of errors, so we definitely played better this time around.” North (10-6, 10-3)
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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
For a team that was riding the crest of an eight-game winning streak, Clear Spring showed anything but being a contender on Monday afternoon. The Blazers had not lost since a season-opening setback to Catoctin on March 27 by a 7-5 count. Monday was no different, but probably much uglier than the first. Catoctin took hold of first place in the MVAL Antietam Conference by two games over the Blazers, ripping 12 hits and taking advantage of six Clear Spring errors and a few other mental blunders to record an 11-8 victory.
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By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com | April 15, 2013
The Clear Spring and North Hagerstown softball teams are heading in opposite directions. The Blazers won their sixth straight game with a 7-2 victory to give the Hubs their third straight loss on Monday in an MVAL Antietam softball game. Freshman Savannah Mills (3-0) tossed a three-hitter for Clear Spring (6-1, 6-1) with no walks and only one earned run. “I just wanted to take my time and throw strikes,” Mills said. “I felt like I was pretty much in control today. We put the ball in play and we took advantage of some opportunities.
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By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
Clear Spring's softball team entered Wednesday's game at Williamsport having defeated Smithsburg 3-2 in eight innings on Monday in a battle of two MVAL Antietam title contenders. Meanwhile, the Wildcats entered Wednesday's game having lost their first four outings. An easy victory for the Blazers? Hardly. Clear Spring used three key hits and a double steal to take a 5-1 lead through four innings, then had to hold off upset-minded Williamsport in the final three innings to walk away with a 5-4 victory the Blazers had to feel fortunate to get. “We made a few mistakes and our pitching was suspect,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said.
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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
Ron Baker is a student of the game. He knows it takes some good players and good assistant coaches to help bring it all together. Having just completed his ninth season as Clear Spring's softball coach, Baker now has a string of six seasons with records above .500. While there was no Antietam Conference championship for Baker, or for any other Washington County school this season, the Blazers did fashion the top county record at 14-5. Baker is the Herald-Mail Softball Coach of the Year.
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By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 13, 2013
While the Clear Spring and Smithsburg softball teams both had opportunities Monday, it was the Blazers who were able to capitalize, defeating the Leopards 3-1 in the Maryland Class 1A West region East section semifinals. All three of Smithsburg's errors came in the bottom of the second inning, when Clear Spring scored all three of its runs. “We had a bad inning, and against good teams like Clear Spring, that comes back to get you,” said Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart, whose team finished 12-7 this year (1-2 against Clear Spring)
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By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
Generosity is usually a good thing, but in softball, it can prove costly. Clear Spring gifted North Hagerstown two runs on three walks and an error in the first inning of Monday's MVAL Antietam contest, and it set the tone as the Hubs rolled to a 6-0 lead and beat the Blazers 6-3. “Scoring early gave the girls confidence,” North coach Amanda Fleming said. “The first time we played them, we had a lot of errors, so we definitely played better this time around.” North (10-6, 10-3)
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By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
For a team that was riding the crest of an eight-game winning streak, Clear Spring showed anything but being a contender on Monday afternoon. The Blazers had not lost since a season-opening setback to Catoctin on March 27 by a 7-5 count. Monday was no different, but probably much uglier than the first. Catoctin took hold of first place in the MVAL Antietam Conference by two games over the Blazers, ripping 12 hits and taking advantage of six Clear Spring errors and a few other mental blunders to record an 11-8 victory.
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By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com | April 15, 2013
The Clear Spring and North Hagerstown softball teams are heading in opposite directions. The Blazers won their sixth straight game with a 7-2 victory to give the Hubs their third straight loss on Monday in an MVAL Antietam softball game. Freshman Savannah Mills (3-0) tossed a three-hitter for Clear Spring (6-1, 6-1) with no walks and only one earned run. “I just wanted to take my time and throw strikes,” Mills said. “I felt like I was pretty much in control today. We put the ball in play and we took advantage of some opportunities.
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By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com | April 5, 2013
Clear Spring's softball team took advantage of excellent baserunning and a shaky South Hagerstown defense Friday to earn an 11-0 MVAL Antietam shutout of the Rebels in a game shortened to 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule. The Blazers (4-1, 4-1) only had six hits, but 10 steals and five South errors helped spark their offense. “That's the one thing we have concentrated on,” said Clear Spring coach Ron Baker. “We spent a good time on base running and today the girls responded.
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By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
Clear Spring's softball team entered Wednesday's game at Williamsport having defeated Smithsburg 3-2 in eight innings on Monday in a battle of two MVAL Antietam title contenders. Meanwhile, the Wildcats entered Wednesday's game having lost their first four outings. An easy victory for the Blazers? Hardly. Clear Spring used three key hits and a double steal to take a 5-1 lead through four innings, then had to hold off upset-minded Williamsport in the final three innings to walk away with a 5-4 victory the Blazers had to feel fortunate to get. “We made a few mistakes and our pitching was suspect,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said.
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By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent | April 5, 2012
Clear Spring's Amber Forrest pitched a no-hit shutout Thursday to lead the Blazers to an 11-0 victory over North Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam softball game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule. “That was my first (no-hitter) of the season,” Forrest said. “The defense was really behind me today.” Needing only one out to complete the no-no, Forrest pitched to North's Laken Feeser, who made contact with the pitch and sent it trickling toward the pitcher's mound.
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By DAN KAUFFMAN | April 29, 2009
Eight of Clear Spring's nine starters had at least one hit Tuesday as the No. 7 Blazers finished with 13 hits and beat North Hagerstown 7-5 for their first win over the Hubs since April 11, 2005. "When we played North the first time (an 11-7 loss on April 1), they hit the ball better than us," Blazers coach Ron Baker said. "We've improved since then and it's been a team effort. ... North's a good team. We knew we weren't going to shut them out. We had to score some runs. " Clear Spring (9-3)
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