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Stubbs' blast lifts American over Halfway

July 10, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The extra inning was well worth the wait for American Little League on Saturday.

Nick Stubbs clubbed a two-run homer over the center-field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning to give American a dramatic 6-4 victory over Halfway in a second-round winners' bracket game in the District 1 11-12 Tournament.

"I came up to bat confident," Stubbs said. "The pitcher threw it where I liked it. When the pitch was coming, I knew that I was going to hit the ball hard. I was excited. I was glad that our team won the game."

Andrew Barnhart drew a one-out walk to set the table for Stubbs.

"It was a tight game the whole way," American manager Ted Casper said. "Both teams were pretty even, but I liked the way that it ended up. It was beautiful. It was just what we needed. Nick Stubbs is just a heck of a hitter. He loses six or eight balls every time he has batting practice. They fly out of here."

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Halfway manager Jack Jenkins was impressed with Stubbs' blast.

"Nick Stubbs hit the ball well," Jenkins said. "The home run speaks for itself."

Stubbs came through with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

Shane Muldoon led Halfway with two hits.

American took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tyrel McKoy scored on a pair of errors.

Halfway scored three runs in the top of the third to go up 3-1. Logan Hershberger reached on an infield single and Tyler Miles singled to right to start the rally. One out later, Muldoon hit a three-run homer to center.

American responded with two runs in the bottom half of the third to tie the score at 3-3. Justin Nestor scored on a bases-loaded walk to Alex Harshman and Dustin Price came home on a throwing error.

American got a run in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Stubbs led off by beating out an infield single to third and continued to use his speed by advancing all the way from first to third on a groundout before scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Dustin Price.

Halfway scored a run in the sixth to even the score at 4-4 when Brett Barr scored on a double to left by Jordan Miller.

American starting pitcher Shane Colms pitched six innings and allowed only one run after giving up the three-run homer to Muldoon. Corey Ballard pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief to get the win for American.

"I think that both teams played well," Jenkins said. "It was a nice game. It was the kind of game that you hate to have a loser in."

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