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Burnett powers National to win over Halfway

July 13, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY - Cleanup hitter Brandon Burnett crushed a grand slam during the bottom of the fourth inning to help National get a 10-8 victory over Halfway on Tuesday night in a Maryland District 1 Little League 11-12 Tournament losers' bracket game.

National will host defending district champion Maugansville this evening at 6.

"It was awesome," Burnett said. "It was my first grand slam. First of all, I just thought that it would be a regular hit. But then, I started to see the ball carry. Every time that I hit a home run, everybody gets all pumped up real good. Then, everybody starts making good plays. We just did really good, because we fought back."

National led 6-5 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Leadoff batter Ben Stone started the rally with a double to center. Winning pitcher Craig Walling was hit by a pitch and Trevor Haupt reached on an infield single to load the bases. Burnett then clubbed his grand slam to straightaway center field to raise National's lead to 10-5.

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"That grand slam was a big hit," National manager Jay Sutherland said. "We were running back and forth before that. That gave us some breathing room. Brandon Burnett has been showing consistent power like that all summer. He had a big home run last night at Conococheague."

Walling and Haupt had two hits each. Walling scored three runs and Stone scored two.

Shane Muldoon hit a solo homer and two doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice for Halfway. Zach Weber also banged out three hits for Halfway, while Tyler Miles hit two doubles and scored two runs and Logan Hershberger added two RBI.

Halfway scored one run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-8.

"The one thing that I have to give my team credit for is that they battled for the whole game," Halfway manager Jack Jenkins said. "There was no quit in them. We have a good group of kids. I enjoyed coaching them."

National had earlier come back from a 3-1 deficit with a two-out rally in the second, taking advantage of four Halfway errors by scoring five unearned runs for a 6-3 lead.

"We played hard and we hit the ball well," Sutherland said. "I thought that we put the ball in play. That five-run second inning was a big inning for us. We ran the bases well and took advantage of what they gave us."

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