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South Mountain blasts Halfway

July 15, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - While Earl Weaver was managing the Baltimore Orioles, he was a fanatic when it came to the three-run home run.

You can ask South Mountain coach Terry Hartle how he feels about the three-run home run after his team blasted a pair of big boomers on the way to an 8-2 victory over Halfway in the District 1 11-12 losers' bracket final Wednesday night at South Mountain.

Sean Colgan and Tyler Marshall were the detonators for South Mountain and Marshall capped his night with a complete-game four-hitter that helped put the team into the championship series tonight on the road against unbeaten Maugansville.

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Maugansville sent South Mountain into the losers' bracket with a 2-0 win in Saturday's winners' bracket final.

"After losing to Maugansville, we wanted the kids to come out and be much more aggressive," Hartle said. "(Halfway pitcher Josh) Green is a nice pitcher and we wanted to make him beat us with his fastball."

South Mountain's aggressiveness showed itself in the first three pitches of the game while taking a 3-0 lead.

Brandon McLean bounced the first pitch over third base for a leadoff single and moved to second when the next batter, lefty Troy Hartle, was hit on the right shoulder by the lefthander Green.

Catcher Colgan followed and promptly jumped on Green's first pitch and sent it over the left-center field fence.

"We had to tell our kids that it was early in the game and we had plenty of time to come back," Halfway manager Tony Green said of the early deficit.

McLean had a run-scoring single in the second inning for a 4-0 lead an advantage Marshall protected until the fourth inning.

Halfway's Kyle Crist led off with a double and Chris McSherry followed with a home run to left to halve the deficit.

Somewhat unnerved, Marshall wildly walked Brennan Deener striking out the next two batters and then getting some superb defensive play in the field.

Brandon McCauley followed with a single to left, but South Mountain's Adam Schoefield fired a strike to Colgan, who had moved five feet up the line and applied the tag on Deener to snuff out the rally.

South Mountain came right back and it might have been that Marshall was a little upset about allowing the home run.

With Halfway's McCauley on the mound and opening the fifth inning with two strikeouts, Colgan singled and Anthony Hollis worked a walk, leading up to Marshall's mammoth blast that carried 230 feet into the trees beyond left-center.

"Tyler isn't an emotional kid," said Hartle. "We talked after the home run he allowed and we told him to keep throwing that ball. And, Colgan is so capable of the home run ball. He hits the ball so hard."

Hartle, who will have an array of arms ready for Maugansville, said it's tough for the young kids to play in the losers bracket on a daily basis.

"We talked after the loss and told them to keep on winning if you want to see tomorrow," Hartle said. "Halfway is a good team and they are a good-hitting team."

Green's young team was in good spirits moments after the loss.

"We won two games in the losers bracket and we had out pitching set," he said. "Our kids fought to the end. Marshall just shut them down."

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