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Shifler leads South Mountain 11-12 in Game 1

July 15, 2000

Shifler leads South Mountain 11-12 in Game 1



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


BOONSBORO - If you wanted a case of good pitching vs. good hitting, you got a case study in the two teams in the District 1 11-12 All-Stars winner's bracket final Saturday at South Mountain.

On one hand, West End had outscored its opponents 29-5 through its first three games of the tournament.

On the other hand, South Mountain pitchers had held the opposition to one run in its first three games.

Thanks to Cameron Shifler, West End's bats were finally quieted as South Mountain put itself in control of the District 1 tournament with a 5-0 victory, leading to shouts from both players and managers in the South Mountain dugout: "Who'da thunk it?"

"From the get-go at the start of the tournament, I was real concerned about our pitchers," South Mountain manager Bill Flook said. "Our little studs have become big studs."

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On Saturday, despite his small stature, Shifler was the biggest stud of them all.

The South Mountain hurler allowed West End's vaunted lineup just three hits and three walks, and only one baserunner reached third.

"I had a lot of confidence after the first inning," Shifler said. "It builds your confidence when you see them getting out, and (at the end of the game) you're up 5-0."

"The curveball got working for him well," Flook said. "He'll get stronger as the game goes on. ... He brings it and brings it and brings it."

Most of Shifler's offensive support came from Kyle Kane, who drove in three of South Mountain's five runs, two on groundouts and one on a single. Shifler himself drove in the game's first run on a groundout in the first inning.

"My hat's off to them," West End manager Robin Smith said. "What can I say? I just hope we see them again."

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