MD/DE Scout Blog: Clear Spring vs. Allegany

Jamie Naill Jr
Maryland Scouting Director


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In the night cap on Tuesday, Clear Spring matched up with Allegany in the 1A State Semifinals, vying for a trip to the State Championship game. We were in for a treat in this one, as two of the top Junior hurlers went toe-to-toe all game long, with the Blazers turning the ball over to lefty Hutson Trobaugh, while the Campers gave the ball to their ace in Griffin Madden (James Madison).

The game started as expected, with Madden striking out the side in the first, as Trobaugh gave up one of his two total hits all game in the first, before striking out the Campers four hitter to end the inning. Clear Spring would threaten in the top of the second after a leadoff single off the bat of Junior catcher Damien Pittsnogle, followed by a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt, Madden would induce a pop out to shortstop and a fly out to right field to end the innings unscathed. Clear Spring would threaten once again in the third inning, but Madden would find his way out of a yet another jam with a runner on third with less than two outs. The Blazers would finally break through in the fifth with some help from the Campers defense. After a leadoff hit-by-pitch, the Campers catcher tried a back pick to first that went awry and into right field, moving the runner up to second base. After a groundout to third base, the Campers first baseman attempted to throw out the runner advancing to third base on the throw, however this throw went awry as well as it got beyond the third baseman, scoring the run and giving Clear Spring a 1-0 lead. That is all the run support Trobaugh would need, as he worked a clean fifth, sixth and seventh innings to lock up the complete game shutout and advance the Blazers to the 1A State Championship game.

Both pitchers were absolutely dominate all night long, in what was one of, if not the best pitching duel I have seen all year. Griffin Madden (Allegany/James Madison) worked all seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out nine. Tough to be better than that, however Hutson Trobaugh (Clear Spring) was just that. Worked seven innings of shutout ball, giving up just two hits while striking out an impressive sixteen batters. 



Clear Spring


Hutson Trobaugh OF / LHP / Clear Spring, MD / 2023




Griffin Madden 1B / RHP / Allegany, MD / 2023