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Halfway sweeps District

July 23, 1999

Halfway vs. ConococheagueBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: MARLA BROSE / staff photographer




HALFWAY - This wasn't what Halfway Little League's All-Stars had in mind.

Conococheague left-handed pitcher Leo Schill kept Halfway off balance with his off-speed pitches on Thursday, and even with Halfway ace Nick Adenhart on the mound, Conococheague led 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth.

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Since Halfway's bats weren't working in the usual fashion, they turned them into walking sticks instead.

Halfway used an error and four straight walks to claim the District 1 11-12-year-old championship at Joseph E. Widmyer Field at Marty Snook Park.

"Our kids hung in there, and at the end, they did what they needed to do and won the game," Halfway coach Bob Weaver said. "The kids are just excited. We're going to Baltimore, we're going to play for the state championship."

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Halfway's rally started on an error that allowed No. 9 hitter Derek Hadley to reach base.

"It was very important," Weaver said. "We wanted to get a couple guys on to get our big sticks up, and (Hadley) got on, did what we needed him to do."

And, as it turned out, Halfway didn't need sticks of any size. Jordan DuVall walked, and Conococheague chose to intentionally walk Adenhart to load the bases with one out.

"He's had a good tournament; the boy's hit the ball hard," Weaver said of Adenhart. "If I was in that situation, I don't know. That's their coach, that's a decision they have to make, and I'm glad I didn't."

Schill then walked David Warrenfeltz on four pitches, forcing in Hadley with the tying run.

Aerik Taylor replaced Schill on the mound, but Taylor walked Vinci on four straight pitches, and DuVall came home with the winning run.

"(There was) tough pressure on that little kid they brought in to relieve," Weaver said. "Tonight, he didn't have it, and we were where we needed to be. We're lucky."

Just two days after pitching a complete game against Oakland, Schill allowed four hits and two unearned runs while striking out nine through five innings.

"(He) pitched a great game, did a good job," Weaver said. "He came in and pitched against us the end of the first game we played against Conococheague, and he was tough on us then."

Adenhart battled with Schill all game, allowing four hits, a walk and two hit batters while striking out eight.

The biggest play before the end came after a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Phillip Jordan attempted to steal home, and Adenhart got the throw from catcher David Warrenfeltz and tagged him out for the third out of the inning to preserve a 2-1 lead.

"They were tired, they played (four) straight games," Conococheague manager Andy Taylor said.

Conococheague had to fight its way through the elimination bracket after an opening round loss to Halfway, winning six straight elimination games.

"We're real proud of them," Taylor said. "They did a good job, and you can't expect anymore than that out of them."

Halfway advances to play Frederick American on July 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the state tournament.

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