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Halfway gets another shot at south Mountain

Halfway gets another shot at south Mountain

July 14, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

HALFWAY - Thanks to a one-hit shutout of Conococheague Little League's 11-12 All-Stars on Tuesday, Halfway Little League has what it wanted: A chance for revenge against South Mountain Little League tonight.

Aaron Stotelmyer, Brennan Deener and Jason Hammond combined to shut down Conococheague - needing only 73 pitches to do so - and Josh Green lined two doubles to drive in three runs as Halfway advanced to today's District 1 11-12 losers' bracket final with a 5-0 victory.

Halfway lost to South Mountain 4-3 on Friday in a winner's bracket semifinal, in which South Mountain's Tyler Marshall threw a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts to get the better of Green, who struck out five in four innings.

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It's possible those two could do battle again, but Halfway coach Tony Green held his cards close to the vest.

"We haven't decided (who to pitch) yet," Tony Green said. We want to get to Thursday (the championship round against Maugansville), but we're not overlooking South Mountain."

Halfway took a 3-0 lead over Conococheague in the second. Deener walked leading off, and one out later, Zach Weber and Brandon McCauley hit singles - McCauley's on a perfectly placed bunt - to load the bases.

Josh Green followed with an opposite-field stinger to the left-field gap, good for a two-run double as Deener and Weber scored. Stotelmyer's sacrifice fly to right scored McCauley with the third run.

Chris McSherry doubled to left to lead off the third for Halfway and scored on Hammond's groundout. Zach Sauble reached on an error and Shane Muldoon walked before Josh Green hit another scorching liner, this time to the right-field gap to score Sauble for a 5-0 lead.

"All they have to do is be patient and hit the pitch you have to hit," Tony Green said.

Stotelmyer pitched the first three innings for Halfway, giving up only Tanner Maloy's first-inning single to center while earning the win. He struck out four.

Deener pitched a perfect fourth and Hammond struck out four in the final two innings for the save.

"We had it planned out," Tony Green said. "We brought Jason in and he hadn't pitched in All-Stars, but he did what we asked him to do."

"We didn't hit the ball," Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger said. "We couldn't put a couple together. ... We didn't have many opportunities at all."

None of Halfway's three pitchers walked a batter.

"In the regular season we tell our pitchers walks are what get you in trouble," Tony Green said. "If you keep walks to a minimum, you help yourself out."

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