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Power of persistence pushes Clear Spring to win

July 13, 2002|by JACK HILL III

MAUGANSVILLE - It's never over 'til it's over. The Clear Spring Little League proved it again on Friday night in an elimination game of the District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament.

Down 4-0, Maugansville used a six-run fourth to bolster an 11-run streak and beat Maugansville 12-6 at Jay W. Stout Field.

"Those kids were pretty awesome tonight," Clear Spring manager Sam Mills said. "They played like they were capable of playing. We played for six innings and not two. That is the key."

Clear Spring pitcher Cody McCarthy struck out 11 batters and gave up one walk in six innings to get the win. McCarthy also shined with the bat getting three hits and three RBI.

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After losing its opening-round game to Potomac Valley, Clear Spring has rattled off three straight wins and has advanced to the losers' bracket semifinals.

"Don't count us out," McCarthy said. "We were down, but we never gave up. Something sparked us. We have been hitting pretty good throughout the tournament. We never quit. We just gave the effort the whole way through."

Danny Reed finished 4-for-4 with three RBI for Clear Spring and Sammy Mills had two RBI.

Clear Spring got its first run in the third on an outfield error.

Clear Spring added six more runs in the fourth on an infield error, an RBI single by Reed, a two-run double by McCarthy, a wild pitch and a throwing error.

Clear Spring scored its final five runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Sammy Mills, a two-run single by Reed and an RBI double by McCarthy.

Maugansville pitcher Aaron Mills fanned eight batters in five innings. Greg Luhouse and Mills had two hits each for Maugansville (2-2).

"For the most part, we played pretty good," Maugansville manager Greg Mills said. "We just had a couple of bad innings in the fourth and fifth. That seemed to do us in."

American 3, National 2: Justin Myers had a three-run home run to win the game for American as Demetrius Stubbs picked up the win. Brad Kennedy had eight strikeouts for National.

Today's Schedule (all games at 6 p.m.): Winners' Bracket - Oakland at West End; Losers' Bracket - American at Federal; Clear Spring at South Mountain.

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