Halfway rallies all the way

August 02, 1998

Halfway rallies for winBy SCOTT A. DeVORE / Staff Correspondent

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer [enlarge]

FREDERICK, Md. - Call them ''The Comeback Kids."

Halfway coach Jack Jenkins hung the name on his team, which came from behind to defeat Easton 13-3 in the first round of the Maryland State Little League Baseball 11-12 Year-Old All-Star Tournament on Saturday.

Halfway trailed early as Nick Adenhart gave up a three-run home run to Easton's Mike Bell in the bottom of the third to give the District 6 champions a 3-0 lead.

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Halfway was in need of a comeback. In the first three innings, the District 1 champions couldn't put together any scoring threats, and it looked as if they were seeing the end of their playoff run.


But "The Comeback Kids" have been down this route before.

They also trailed 3-0 in the district final against West End and came back to win it, 6-5.

Halfway was in need of a spark to ignite its offense, and it got a Bunsen burner. The District 1 champs had 16 batters reach base in the top of the fourth and scorched the opposition for 13 runs off three different pitchers. During the hot stretch, Jenkins continually encouraged his team by saying, "Let's have some fun".

That's what they did.

Tyler Jones started the comeback by hitting a two-run home run, and R.J. Mitchell followed with an RBI double to the fence to knot the score at 3-3. Halfway added a run on a passed ball, Bingie Bingaman and Greg Small hit two-run singles, and Andy May and Mitchell hit RBI singles to increase the lead to 10-3. With the bases loaded, Daniel Lynn and David Warrenfeltz each knocked in a run by walking, and Bingaman reached base on an error which scored the 13th run.

"They never give up, never give up; they always come back," said Jenkins.

"I was disappointed (that we were down), but I knew the other five games that we played we were down and came back in the last four innings," said Mitchell.

Adenhart, who just gave up the home run to Bell, closed out the win by retiring the next three batters as the game was called after the fourth inning due to the 10-run rule. Adenhart finished with seven strikeouts and gave up only two hits.

"I wasn't worried (that we were down) because I knew that my team would back me up," Adenhart said.

Mitchell finished with three hits and three RBIs. Adenhart improved his mark to 3-0 in the playoffs, and Halfway has won six consecutive games dating back to the district tournament.

Halfway plays the Elkton/West Salisbury winner today at 3 at Frederick National Little League.

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