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Halfway 9-10 holds on to defeat Valley

July 03, 2003|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY - Halfway manager Steve Herbert wanted his team to get an early lead on Valley and ride it out.

Herbert's team secured the first part of the plan, scoring four runs on five hits in the first inning, and building a 6-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings.

The "ride it out" part is what troubled Halfway, but after a long, rainy night it knocked off Valley 13-8 in the losers' bracket semifinal of the Maryland District I 9-10 All-Star Tournament.

"We wanted to jump on top quick because we hadn't seen them play and we knew they were a good hitting team," Herbert said.

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Things first started to get shaky for the team in the middle innings, when Valley scored three runs and disposed of two Halfway pitchers to cut the lead to 6-3.

Halfway got all three runs back in the fifth to take a 9-3 lead before Valley rallied again. Back-to-back doubles sparked a five-run outburst with none out in the bottom of the fifth as Valley pulled within 9-8.

That same inning, Valley's Luke Toms tried to score from third on a passed ball. Toms was called out on the play at the plate, which led to the ejection of Valley manager John Dinterman, who sprung from the dugout to argue the call.

Halfway scored four more runs in the dark and rainy sixth inning. Valley was retired in order in the bottom of the inning as its tournament came to a close.

Halfway used seven pitchers in all.

Shane Muldoon and Tyler Miles led Halfway with three hits each, while Zach Weber and Zach Sauble each added two.

Jack Schwartz and Aaron Schroyer each doubled twice and Zane Garver added two hits for Valley.

Halfway plays at Federal today at 6 p.m. to determine who will play Conococheague in the tournament final on Friday.

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