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Halfway stays in state title chase

August 04, 1998|By SCOTT A. DeVORE / Staff Correspondent

FREDERICK, Md. - Signs that read "Halfway, All the Way" were proudly displayed once again in the bleachers at Frederick National Little League's Robert B. Staley Stadium.

After Halfway's run for the state title was slowed after a lashing by Elkton on Sunday, the only thing the District 1 champions could look forward to was the next day.

As it turned out, the Halfway All-Stars had a lot to look forward to. They put on a remarkable offensive show Monday, defeating Arbutus 11-0 in the double-elimination Maryland State Little League Baseball 11-12-Year-Old All-Star Tournament.

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"Well, yesterday was a totally different day than today,'' Nick Adenhart said. "We hit the ball real good today, and yesterday we weren't really in there. We had a bad game for just about everybody. It just kind of happened that way."

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In baseball, it all comes down to who hits the ball and who doesn't. Monday, it was Halfway doing all the hitting and Arbutus doing almost none of it.

The District 1 champs scored 11 runs on 11 hits with no errors.

It was a team effort for Halfway as it used 11 players, and everyone who played contributed a hit. Halfway scored in every inning.

Halfway will play again today at 3 p.m. at Robert B. Staley Stadium.

The team is brimming with confidence.

"I think we got it. The kids' spirits are really up. They want to play ball. Their hitting is coming around," coach Bing Bingaman said. "I think whoever we play is in trouble."

Leading 3-0 after the first two innings, Halfway put the game out of reach in the third inning by scoring six runs on four hits.

R.J. Mitchell knocked in the first run with a single. With the bases loaded, Bingie Bingaman hit a ground-rule double to score two more runs. Adenhart capped off the inning with a three-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence to increase the lead to 9-0.

Greg Small and reserves Matt Henneberger and Corey Cunningham had back-to-back hits that scored the final two runs in the fourth.

It was Jesse Boggs' pitching that kept Arbutus from hitting.

Boggs pitched a one-hitter and struck out four in the game, which was shortened to four innings due to the 10-run rule.

"Jesse did a real nice job today. He had his curveball working real well today," Coach Bingaman said.

"(Coach) told me to do a good job, and whatever happens, just come out on top," Boggs said.

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