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Halfway goes all the way

July 24, 1998|By JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - Halfway's Tyler Jones simply "was hoping that I wouldn't choke."

Mission accomplished.

Jones drove in the winning run in the first extra inning Thursday night to lift Halfway past West End 6-5 to win the Maryland District 1 Little League Baseball Tournament championship.

Daniel Lynn led off the bottom of the seventh inning for Halfway with a double to right and went to third on a single to right by David Warrenfeltz. After a wild pitch that put Warrenfeltz on second base and two outs, Jones singled to center to drive in Lynn with the game-winning run.

"It felt very, very good," Jones said. "... I hope that we can do it again next year."

Halfway overcame 3-0 and 5-3 deficits in the early innings to finish with a 5-0 record in the tournament, a fact not lost on manager Jack Jenkins Jr.

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"Basically, our kids just hanged in there and continued to fight until they were able to pull it out," Jenkins said. "There are no stars in that dugout. I emphasized to them that all I want is a team effort."

After giving up five runs in the first three innings, Halfway pitcher Greg Small settled down for the complete-game victory. Small struck out nine batters in seven innings.

"I just came back strong," Small said. "I started to get a little bit more confidence. My curveball was working a little bit better towards the end of the ballgame."

Bingie Bingaman, Lynn, Warrenfeltz and Jones had two hits apiece for Halfway.

Glenn Creery slugged two home runs to drive in three runs for West End. David Miner and Jonathan Breehl also had two hits, including a solo homer for Miner.

"Our kids showed a lot of heart and they kept their heads up," West End manager Chuck Martin said. "West End should be proud of them. It was a real good ballgame. Anybody who saw the ballgame got their money's worth."

Halfway advances to the state tournament in Frederick, Md. that will take place from Aug. 1-7. The state tournament will be hosted by Frederick National Little League, located on Motter Avenue. The winner of the state tournament will advance to the regional playoffs, one step away from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

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