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Early rally paves way to victory

July 10, 2004|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE - The Maugansville Little League All-Stars gave up six unanswered runs in the final two innings of their game against Conococheague Friday evening, something that may have proven costly if not for the sizable early cushion the offense provided.

Jordan Wivell had two hits, including a home run, and four RBI as Maugansville survived another late rally in a 10-8 win over Conococheague in the winners' bracket semifinal of the Maryland District 1 11- 12 All-Star Tournament at Jay W. Stouffer Field.

Maugansville will play host to South Mountain today at 2 p.m. in the winners' bracket final. Conococheague drops into the losers' bracket and will host a game on Monday.

The Maugansville offense wasted no time getting started. Mike Braithwaite led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single and Wivell followed with a two-run home run to left field. A Zack Snodderly sacrifice fly drove in Matt Braithwaite to give Maugansville a 3-0 lead.

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Conococheague answered right back, as Tyson Cline started the second inning with a solo homer to center. Connor Arnone later singled to drive in Mark Oliver to cut Maugansville's lead to one.

Maugansville quickly recovered, loading the bases with one out in the second inning.

Matt Braithwaite scored on a wild pitch and Wivell drove in Korey Walker and Mike Braithwaite to push the lead to 6-2.

The third inning was more of the same for Maugansville. Mike Braithwaite scored on a wild pitch, and Alec Long scored on a Bradley Kiracofe sacrifice fly as Maugansville grabbed an 8-2 advantage.

Snodderly drove in two more runs in the fourth, plating Matt Braithwaite and Brandon Glazer with a double to give him three RBI on the day and seven in his last two games.

"(Snodderly) has been hitting the ball real hard," said Maugansville manager Danny Braithwaite.

Conococheague rallied in the top of the fifth. Cline doubled to score Joey Sutch, Casey McKendrick scored on a Nate Lowery sacrifice fly, and Stephen Christy singled to drive Cline home, cutting three runs out of Maugansville's lead.

With one out in the sixth, Sutch reached on an error, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Cline double. Christy doubled, scoring McKendrick and Cline. But Kiracofe got C.J. Hambleton - the potential tying run - to fly out to deep center to end the game.

"We don't have deep pitching, but we're hitting the ball," said Braithwaite. "Our hitting is just about the only thing keeping us in the game."

Cline had three hits and three RBI for Conococheague, while Christy added two hits and three RBI and McKendrick had two hits.

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