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Alley paves way for Greenbrier

August 09, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

The Greenbrier All-Stars knew which Alley to use to get to the PONY World Series in Washington, Pa., next week.

Lance Alley.

The Greenbrier ace allowed just one run and five hits over six innings to help rout Hagerstown 10-1 and win the East Zone Championship at Funkhouser Park on Sunday.

"(Alley) did a terrific job out there today," said Greenbrier manager Rusty Hilton. "He pretty much controlled the game."

Greenbrier gave Alley plenty of help, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

Alley walked to lead off the game and consecutive singles by Kyle Taduran, Josh Hones and Patrick Tucker plated two runs. After Angel Vega drew a walk, Matt Flanagan doubled to right field, driving in two more runs.

With the comfortable lead, Alley allowed just three base runners through five scoreless innings. He never walked a batter and let the count reach three balls only once.

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"I just came out and pitched my best," Alley said. "(The runs) were real important. They helped me a lot."

"We couldn't hit the ball right today," said Hagerstown manager Steve Cromer. "Even when we put it in play, it didn't have any zip on it. We've struggled with hitting lately and that's where I thought we were strong."

The only trouble Alley encountered was in the sixth.

With one out, David Bowen lined a single to center and Tim Leather doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third. Aaron Mills popped out to shallow right field and Leather was caught between second and third base. Greenbrier attempted to get Leather out at second to end the inning, but the throw was late and Bowen was able to score from third to put Hagerstown on the board.

"It was good that we only gave back one run in that inning," Hilton said. "There have been times where we would get a lead, but give it right back, so that was definitely important."

Greenbrier fired back in the seventh with another offensive spurt, this time for six runs. Chris Lofton, Brennan Waters and Mike Dumas highlighted the inning with run-scoring singles, while Taduran capped it with a sacrifice fly and Hagerstown's deficit was 10-1.

Tucker closed the game with a perfect seventh. Vega finished with a game-high three hits, while Taduran and Alley had two each.

Greenbrier will represent the East Zone in the PONY World Series, which begins Saturday at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, Pa.

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