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Halfway loses Game 2

August 03, 1998|By SCOTT A. DeVORE / Staff Correspondent

FREDERICK, Md. - After six straight wins, including two back-to-back, come-from- behind victories, the sun wasn't shining so brightly for Halfway on Sunday.

Elkton's productive offense slowed the District 1 champion's roll, and Halfway lost 13-5 in the double-elimination Maryland State Little League Baseball 11-12-Year-Old All-Star Tournament.

On Saturday, Halfway defeated Easton in the first round with the help of a 13-run inning. But Sunday, it failed to hit the ball well enough against the District 5 champions.

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Elkton had 16 hits compared to Halfway's seven.

"If you don't hit, you don't win. That's just straight facts," Halfway coach Bing Bingaman said.

Halfway scored early, but Elkton matched it run for run to keep the game close.

Halfway struck first as Tyler Jones led off the top of the second by sending Randy Boyer's first pitch into the tree tops for a solo home run. Daniel Lynn knocked home Greg Small for a 2-0 lead.

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Elkton tied it in the bottom of the inning on singles by David Elwood and Matt Welsh and a two-run single by Danny Weber.

With the score tied 2-2, Jones took another pitch from Boyer to the opposite field and out of the park for a solo homer in the top of the third for a 3-2 lead.

Elkton evened the score again on Tim Smith's RBI single in the third.

In the fourth inning, things changed. Halfway put up one run on the scoreboard, as Lynn knocked in another run, and Elkton not only matched it, but matched it times five for a 9-4 lead.

That's when Elkton's offense started clicking. It banged out six hits, including Weber's two-run home run and Welsh and Elwood's RBI doubles.

Trailing by five runs heading into the fifth, it was time for Halfway to make a run. Nick Adenhart led off the inning with a single, and Jones was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. With no outs, Small hit a ground-rule double to score Adenhart to cut the lead to 9-5.

With runners on second and third and no outs, Elkton sent Elwood to the mound. He struck out the next three batters to squelch the rally.

Halfway is still alive in the tourney. It plays today at 3 p.m. at Frederick National Little League's Robert B. Staley Stadium.

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