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Earle sparks the Terriers

Jeremy Earle's right shoulder was too sore to catch, too sore to pitch. But it was strong enough to help him lift his baseball team.

Earle's double in the top of the fifth inning drove in a pair of runs, allowing Hillsborough to regain the lead on its way to a 12-4 win over host Chamberlain.

"I do what I can to help the team out," Earle said. "I just got a good pitch. Like Coach (Billy Reed) says, when he calls on you, you've got to come through."

Earle, a senior who was the Terriers' designated hitter, strained the rotator cuff on his throwing arm last week and could not play his usual catcher position or help out with the pitching. He finished with two doubles and four RBI and jump started Hillsborough (4-3) when it needed it most.

Chamberlain (3-4) took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a three-run homer by Josh Neitz.

The Terriers drew to within 4-3 in the fifth after Keith Godbolt's double to centerfield drove in Robert McIntyre from second. On the next at-bat, Earle's shot to centerfield allowed Godbolt and Jason Romano to score. Jason Randolph drove in Earle with a single.

Hillsborough racked up 12 hits, including five doubles. Reed was impressed more with the quality than the quantity of the hits.

"We got them at the right time," Reed said. "(The win) is a big lift for us."

After their fifth-inning onslaught, the Terriers replaced starter Maurice Kindred with Ben Otero, who put the clamps on the Chiefs' offense. Otero gave up two hits in three scoreless innings.

Earle, who expects to resume catching soon, drove in a pair of runs, while Randolph added an RBI in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach.