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Maugansville holds off Clear Spring

July 09, 2004|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE - The Maugansville Little League All-Stars scored 11 runs on 11 hits, reaching base 19 times Thursday evening against Clear Spring in the second round of the District 1 11-12 Tournament winners' bracket.

However, that does not mean their win came easily.

Zack Snodderly doubled twice and drove in four runs for Maugansville, which withstood two Clear Spring rallies en route to an 11-8 victory.

Maugansville jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning, helped by Snodderly's double that scored Jordan Wivell, Brandon Glazer and Ryan Sword. Winning pitcher Jake Bachtell followed with a two-run homer to left field which seemed to put Maugansville out of reach for good.

"We got off to a good start," Maugansville manager Danny Braithwaite said. "I guess momentum for us is like an avalanche. We get one hit, and they just keep coming."

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Clear Spring got a run back on a Doug Morgan single in the second, and scored four more times in the fourth inning. Brad Jordan led off the fourth with a solo home run to left. After consecutive walks loaded the bases with no outs, Gabe Hirsch hit a three-run double, scoring Mike Morris, Andrew Jarvis and Cory Shrader to cut Maugansville's lead to 6-5.

Maugansville immediately anwered in the fifth with a four-run rally, capped by back-to-back doubles by Snodderly and Bachtell. Glazer added a solo homer in the sixth inning to give Maugansville an 11-5 lead.

Hirsch flew out to start the bottom of the sixth for Clear Spring, but Austin Yost followed with a single and Brian Lesher walked. After they each advanced a base on a wild pitch, Cody Englehart drove them both in with a single to make it 11-7. Brad Jordan doubled with two outs to score Englehart, before Maugansville reliever Corey Morgan recorded a strikeout for the final out.

"If we couldn't get that first out in the sixth, the game could have gone either way," Braithwaite said.

Morgan had three hits, Bachtell had two hits and three RBI and Glazer had two hits for Maugansville.

Jordan went 3-for-3 and struck out seven in a complete-game effort for Clear Spring, while Yost had two hits.

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