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Halfway puts away West End, 8-3

July 08, 2004|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

DISTRICT 1 11-12 TOURNEY



When it rains, it pours.

That seemed to be the lesson taught to players and spectators Wednesday night as the Halfway Little League All-Stars beat West End 8-3 in the first round of the District 1 11-12 Tournament at West End.

Play began under cloudy skies, and Halfway jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Starting pitcher Josh Green led off the bottom half of the first with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch by Dwight Boward.

A 45-minute rain delay halted action after the first inning, and after play resumed, Halfway extended its lead by a run as Shane Muldoon scored from third as Tyler Miles was thrown out trying to steal second.

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Boward recovered, however, retiring eight of the next nine batters he faced.

West End answered in the third when Aaron Stoner walked, Kenny Kitchen singled and Seth Near walked to load the bases with nobody out. Green worked out of the jam with minimal damage, allowing only one run on a walk to Casey Shifler.

Halfway held the 2-1 lead until the fifth inning, when Shifler hit a two-run homer to straightaway center off Aaron Stotelmyer to give West End a 3-2 lead.

Boward quietly no-hit Halfway through the first four innings, walking five and striking out six, until Halfway finally caught up to him in the bottom of the fifth. One-out singles by Zach Weber, Dylan Zimmerman and Stotelmyer loaded the bases for Kyle Crist, who emptied them with a grand slam to left-center field.

"Kyle is a good kid and we were very happy for him," Halfway manager Tony Green said. "(His grand slam) couldn't have happened at a better time, or to a better kid."

Two batters later, Chris McSherry blasted a two-run homer to left-center.

"I don't know if being down a run helped," said Green, "But I knew they were waiting to start hitting the ball."

Stotelmyer struck out three of the last four West End batters to end the game.

West End's Kenny Kitchen was the only player on either team with two hits.

Valley 6, PVAA 0

Evan Dennis struck out 10 and hit a home run to lead Valley, while Jordan Thurber had three hits, Jason Kendall had two hits and Ryan Peters homered. Sean Collette had two hits for PVAA.

Maugansville 7, Frostburg 2

Brandon Glazer pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and homered for Maugansville. Josh Neilson had seven strikeouts for Frostburg in the five-inning game.

Conococheague 3, National 0

Austin Taylor pitched a six-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts for Conococheague. Nick Gross pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for National.

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