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Oakland ousts American

July 16, 2005|by JACK HILL III

Oakland Little League continued its success on the road on Friday night, posting a 7-3 win at American Little League in the Maryland District I 11-12 Tournament losers' bracket final.

Oakland travels to Valley tonight at 6 for the championship round of the double-elimination tournament. A Valley win tonight would clinch the championship. If Oakland wins, the deciding game will be played at Oakland on Sunday at 6.

"It was a great all-around effort," Oakland manager Jason Shreve said. "We came ready to play. We jumped on them early. We got the key hits when we needed them. We're ready to play ball tomorrow night."

Catcher Cory Helbig socked a two-run homer and finished with two hits and two RBI for Oakland. Helbig has homered in each of the last three games while driving in 11.

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Brooks Waybright also belted a two-run homer, while Ryan Bennett added two hits for Oakland. Ryan Junkins gave up one earned run and struck out 10 to get the complete-game win.

"We got a well-pitched game from Ryan," Shreve said. "It was a great performance. He was tough to hit tonight."

Shortstop Nick Stubbs launched a mammoth solo home run to left in the first inning and finished with three hits for American (2-2). Stubbs finished 10-for-13 in the tournament (.769), belting four home runs, driving in nine and scoring six.

"It didn't end up like I planned," American manager Ted Casper said. "Our kids played as hard as they could. They just came up a little bit short. Oakland has been driving up and down the road all week. They showed up ready to play and got on us early. ... Everybody in their lineup was hitting the ball today."

Oakland scored three runs in the first on Helbig's two-run homer, Bennett's double and Cody Myers' RBI single.

Oakland added a run in the third on an RBI single by Bennett, and got its final three runs in the fourth on Waybright's two-run homer and a bases-loaded walk.

American got its other two runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Ryan Springirth and an RBI grounder by Corey Ballard.

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