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American's bats pound Maugansville

July 06, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Despite a three-day layoff from the Maryland District I 9-10 Tournament, the bats of the American Little League All-Stars did not become rusty.

American improved its record to 3-0 with lively bats when it beat Maugansville 11-3 on Tuesday night in a winner's bracket semifinal.

American will host National tonight at 6 in a battle between the only two remaining undefeated teams.

Amere Ware came through with three hits, scored four runs and drove in another for American. Anthony Morton drove in four, while C.J. Davis finished with two RBI and scored twice. Morton and Davis had two hits each.

"I'm happy," American manager Scherry Fearnow said. "The hitting impressed me the most about my team tonight. They're playing together as a team. Getting an early lead helped give our team a boost. Our players practiced hard. They worked hard during the whole game tonight. We're just able to score a lot of runs. All of them hit the ball."

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American pitcher Trey Jessie gave up only one earned run and three hits in six innings to get the complete-game victory.

"Trey Jessie did a real good job of pitching," Fearnow said. "He was awesome and he stayed focused."

American opened the top of the third inning with consecutive doubles by Aaron Staley, Ware and Morton to produce two runs and extend its lead to 5-1.

Maugansville (2-1) cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the third on a two-run single by Richie Montgomery.

American produced a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and the sixth to build its lead to 11-3 and put the game out of reach. Morton had a two-run single in the fourth.

"I think American is a real tough hitting team," Maugansville coach Rich Montgomery said. "I hope to face them again. We want to get another shot. Their boys can definitely hit the ball, that's for sure. Troy Jessie is a real strong pitcher. He looks very consistent."

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