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Hughesville, South Caroline, Rising Sun advance in tourney

July 25, 2004|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Saturday's first round of the Maryland Little League 11-12 Tournament at Conococheague's Ebersole Field seemed to showcase a little bit of everything.

There was a thrilling finish, a couple of stellar pitching performances and an offensive explosion that didn't take very long to get off the ground.

Mike Bowie went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and Josh McGhee proved dominant on the mound for Hughesville in a 13-0 victory over Arbutus in four innings in the third game of Saturday's tripleheader.

Hughesville's first four batters reached base. McGhee tripled to lead off the game and three straight singles by Royce Hunsberger, Mike Bowie and Sean Clem gave Hughesville a quick 3-0 lead.

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"We are a very good hitting team, and we work very hard," said Hughesville manager Bob Hunsberger.

Clem tripled in the second inning, scoring McGhee and Hunsberger and padding Hughesville's lead.

Hughesville's bats stayed hot in the third inning. Bernard Parker doubled to score Casey Poncheri and Joey Wood, and two more doubles by Royce Hunsberger and Bowie gave Hughesville a nine-run lead.

Hughesville scored four more runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Bowie's two-run single that capped a big game for him and his teammates.

Arbutus went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, ending the game by way of the 10-run rule.

McGhee allowed a leadoff single by Eric Dreschler, the only hit McGhee gave up in his three innings of work. He struck out eight of the 14 batters he faced and walked three to earn the win.

"That's the best I've seen McGhee pitch all year," Bob Hunsberger said. "But he was fired up and ready to play."

Royce Hunsberger had four hits, McGhee added three hits and Clem and Charley Mays each had two hits for Hughesville.

n In the first game of the day, South Caroline scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to stun East Frederick, 3-2.

Brady Howe drove in Devonte DeShields with a single to tie the game and later scored on an error to win the game for South Caroline.

Winning pitcher DeShields doubled twice and shined on the mound, throwing a three-hitter and striking out 10 in a complete-game effort.

East Frederick scored both of its runs in the second inning, as Michael Madden doubled in Sean Brennan and Stephen Hammerlee.

n In the second game of the day, Rising Sun scored at least one run in every inning, needing all the offense it could get in defeating West Salisbury, 8-6.

Zach Garrant hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to lead Rising Sun.

Daniel Ray went 3-for-4, while Andrew Smith and James McDowell both added two hits.

Chris Tserkis earned the win on the mound, pitching all six innings and striking out seven while walking two.

Eric Hickman drove in a pair of runs for West Salisbury, while Jacob Ross had two hits and Clint Van Seiver tripled.

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