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Halfway stays alive, beats American

July 11, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - Pitcher Josh Cline recovered from a slow start to hold American scoreless over the final four innings Thursday as Halfway rallied to eliminate American 8-3 in a District 1 11 & 12 Little League All-Stars Tournament losers' bracket game.

"I knew that I had to pitch at the top of my game, because they can hit the ball good," Cline said. "After that little struggle in the second inning, I just settled down and pitched my game. That helped a lot when my teammates scored a lot of runs."

"I thought Josh pitched a real good game," Halfway manager Sean Cline said. "He kept them off-balance all night and he did a good job of mixing his pitches."

Trailing 3-1, Halfway scored four runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good.

With one out, Andrew Duff reached on a throwing error.

One out later, Joe Miller and Sean Cline hit back-to-back singles and Duff scored on Cline's single following a throwing error.

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Josh Green clubbed a two-run triple to right before Mike Warrenfeltz hit an RBI single to left.

Halfway added two runs in the fourth. Kyle Stone homered to center and Miller doubled to left before scoring on a fielding error.

Halfway added a run in the sixth when Aaron Stotelmyer singled to center, moved to third on a double to left by Duff and scored Stone's sacrifice fly.

Duff had two doubles and Miller added two hits for Halfway.

Anthony Lee and Justin Myers had two hits each for American.

"Halfway won with class and I respect a team that wins with class," American manager Erik Kline said. "Halfway has a nice baseball team."

Halfway travels to South Mountain for the losers' bracket final tonight at 6 p.m.

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