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Area roundup - Halfway wins first game at sectionals

July 25, 2004

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Patrick Mitchell capped a three-hit day with a tie-breaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to lift Halfway Little League to a 12-10 victory over Thurmont in the first game of a best-of-3 Maryland 9-10 sectional playoff series at Brunswick Little League.

Henry Gigeous struck out nine in three innings before being lifted with an 8-4 lead, and will be available to pitch in Monday's third game if neccessary.

"It was clearly our intention to have him available for Monday," Halfway manager Duane Gigeous said.

Halfway stretched the lead to 9-4 in the top of the fourth before Thurmont rallied to tie the game at 10-10 in the sixth to force extra innings.

"It was really back and forth," Duane Gigeous said. "We thought we could hold them, we were up five runs, but they did a great job battling back. When it was all said and done, it worked out OK."

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With two outs in the seventh, Halfway put itself in position with two walks and a hit batter. Mitchell followed with the clutch hit.

Blake Miller allowed a single in the bottom of the seventh but otherwise struck out the side to close out Thurmont.

Halfway - which will try to close out the series today at 5 p.m. - put together several two-out rallies.

"We scored maybe two or three runs in the third with two outs," Duane Gigeous said. "They did it the whole game, they scored in three innings with two outs. They're never out of it, they always battle."

Cody Hadley had two hits for Halfway.




BLUE RIDGE BASEBALL



Brunswick 7, Fayetteville 1


BRUNSWICK, Md. - Corey O'Bryan, Kevin Goode and Jason Mobley each homered, providing all the offense Scott Frye would need as Brunswick defeated Fayetteville to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 championship series.

Frye went the distance for Brunswick, striking out six while allowing four hits and walking five.

O'Bryan hit a two-run shot in the fifth, while Goode's two-run homer and Mobley's solo shot both came in the sixth.

Andy Maught added two hits for Brunswick, which will try to close out the series today at Fayetteville at 5 p.m.




RUNNING



Spinnler takes second


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Hagerstown's Maria Spinnler, 42, was the sixth overall female and second master at the seventh annual Louise Mandrell Smoky Mountain 5K.

Spinnler covered the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 39 seconds. Mary Jane Harrelson, 26, of Blacksburg, Va., was the top female in 17:00, while Kenyan Eric Chirchir, 20, was the men's winner in 14:25.




YOUTH LEAGUES



PONY sectional tournament


West Carroll 6, Chambersburg National 5: John Bassler and Nathan Roop each had two hits for West Carroll. Ethan Rickabaugh led Chambersburg National with three hits, including two home runs, while Chad Bernecker added two hits and Mike Forrester struck out 10.

Hagerstown 'B' 10, Chambersburg American 6: Matt Amalfitano and Tyler Fath each had three hits, while Kyle Cunningham had two hits, including a home run, and Drew Williams had two hits for Hagerstown. Derek Straley had three hits and Rusty Cordell homered for Chambersburg American.

Chambersburg American 13, Chambersburg National 2: Rusty Cordell led Chambersburg American with three hits, including a home run, and Kim Chilcote and Christian Egolf each added three hits. Derek Straley and Grant Meyers each had two hits and Josh McCauley and Alex Izer each homered for Chambersburg.

Adam Kees Tournament


American 6, Maugansville 5: Alex Harshman had the game-winning hit for American. Josh Henry had two hits for Maugansville.

Halfway 7, Federal 3: Kevin Lewis had two hits for halfway. Ty Benson had two hits for Federal.

Emory Frye Tournament


Halfway 10, Taneytown 7: Joseph Garrish allowed four hits and struck out nine for the win, while Lane Morris and Patrick Knable had two hits and two RBI each and Tyler Wirfs had two hits and a RBI for Halfway.

Wash. Co. Girls Softball


Lightning Transport 8, Alladin Awards 4: Erika Mong pitched a one-hitter, striking out nine, while Lindsey Kline and Caroline Sirface both had two hit for Lightning Transport.




ADULT LEAGUE



Valley Christian Life Center wins state church title

Valley Christian Life Center went 6-0 and batted .650 as a team to win the ASA Maryland church softball championship.

Tri-State Fellowship finished second and Christ United Church, from Ocean City, placed third in the tournament.

Valley's Jason Shrader was named the tournament's MVP.

Chris Baker, Jeff Parks, Todd Streett, Mike Kelbaugh and Randy Edwards each batted better than .650 in the tournament for Tri-State.

The All-tournament team included Shrader and Trumpower (Valley), Edwards and Streett (Tri-State), Matt Himes (Christ United) and Dan McLeaf (Five Forks).




BRIEF



Thunder girls softball


The Tri-State Thunder 12-under Junior Olympic fast-pitch girls softball team, based in Hagerstown, is having tryouts on Tuesday at the Pinesburg Softball Complex from 6-8:30 p.m., and Wednesday at Grace Academy from 6-8:30 p.m.

Girls born in calendar years 1992 or 1993 are eligible. Additional details can be found on the team's Web site at www.eteamz.com/tri-statethunder12u. For more information, call 301-416-7027.

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