When you are a league leader, other conference teams try to find a way to bring you back to the pack; even more so when you have won your last 11 TEC games.  

Winchester Community traveled to Lloyd Michael Field Thursday, April 20 to face Hagerstown. Falcon ace Jace Allen slowed the normally high-scoring Tiger offense to a crawl, only allowing six hits and a single third-inning run.

Tiger pitcher Quaid Mull responded with a strong performance of his own. The Bethel College commit held the Falcons scoreless, scattering four hits and striking out 10 batters.

No one for either team had more than one hit in the game. The Hagerstown run came in the third inning when Will Combs stroked a one-out double to center field. After the next batter flew out, Ben Williams hit a double to bring Combs across the plate with what turned out to be the winning run.

Tiger head coach Jay Hale said his team can expect to get everybody’s best game. “We are going to get what we saw tonight a lot,” Hale said. “We are going to get everybody’s best, and we need to be prepared for it. Quaid (Mull) pitched a great game and the defense behind him made the plays they needed to make. The kids found a way to win.”

Winchester (5-5, 0-4 TEC)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Hagerstown (10-2, 3-0 TEC)     0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1

Winchester hits: McCormac Anderson, Justin Cox, Noah Heaton, Aiden Weatherhead
Hagerstown hits: Collin Beaty, Wyatt Burris, Ethan Campbell, Tracy Cole, Combs, Williams

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A version of this article appeared in the April 26 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Dan Harney is a sports reporter at the Western Wayne News.