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Conant posts first shutout

The Conant baseball team once again got a strong performance from its starting pitcher and it helped the Orioles defeat Fall Mountain 7-0 on Monday.

Conant senior Devin Springfield struck out a season-high 13 and allowed just two hits, as Conant earned a season sweep of the Wildcats.

Springfield went the first five innings, walking just two in his first start since issuing seven free passes in 1 1∕ 3 innings in a loss at Campbell.

Senior Eddie Clark added another solid relief appearance to his resume, striking out two over the final two frames to preserve Conant’s first shutout of the season.

In Conant’s six wins, the pitching staff has held each opponent to three runs or fewer.

“The pitching has been fantastic,” said coach Brian Royal. “It’s nice to have three starters who can throw consistent strikes.”

And Springfield also helped his own cause at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with a three-run double in the fifth that gave the Orioles some breathing room.

“We’re starting to find our bats and our confidence is going up,” said Royal.

Prior to the fifth, Conant had scored just two runs. They pushed one across in the first on a Ryan Aho RBI single and freshman Kyle Dupuis scored in the third following a double and an error.

In the sixth, the Orioles tacked on two more with Clark’s RBI single and Jared LeBlanc’s run scoring ground out.

That was more than enough for Clark to work with.

Conant hosts Hillsboro-Deering on Friday and travels to ConVal Monday.

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