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Maugansville Senior League outslugs Clear Spring

June 30, 2006|by TYLER KAHL / Staff Correspondent

Clear Spring manager Steve Shoemaker said it best: "To win, you have to hit."

Cory Forsyth and Craig Martin combined to hold Clear Spring to five hits as Maugansville cruised to a 9-4 victory in the first round of the District 1 Senior All-Star Tournament.

"We hit well in practice, but when the game starts, we lose our heads," said Shoemaker. "Now they realize what they're up against. Now they're saying they're ready."

Forsyth was lights out in four innings of work, allowing only one earned run while striking out four. Martin closed the game, giving up three runs in three innings of relief.

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"Our pitching was our strength today," said Maugansville manager Wes Constable. "The plan was to pitch Cory (Forsyth) and Craig (Martin) and they both did well."

Maugansville used a pair of three-run innings to build a lead behind its solid pitching.

Clear Spring's Roger Shoemaker pitched well through four innings, only allowing three unearned runs. Maugansville finally got to Shoemaker in the fifth, putting together two hits and three walks. Robert Barnes led the attack with a two-run single to give Maugansville a 6-1 lead.

Maugansville continued its assault in the bottom of the sixth, adding insurance with another three-run rally, this time spurred by Clear Spring fielding errors.

"Most of these kids have been together for four years. It was just a matter of getting comfortable," said Constable. "I think we came out a little nervous, but then we got it rolling."

In the top of the sixth, Clear Spring mounted its only real offense against Maugansville reliever Martin to close the lead to 6-4. After retiring the side on only five pitches in the fifth inning, Martin was roughed up for three runs, with Steven Munson, Allen Mackey and Donnie Harkcom driving in runs.

Martin recovered in the seventh, retiring three straight to shut the door on Clear Spring.

Brett Turner tallied three of Clear Spring's five hits, including a towering double that bounced off the top of the wall in left-center.

Clear Spring will have a chance to wake up its bats Saturday at Conococheague in the losers' bracket game, while Maugansville will look to continue its roll at South Mountain in the winners' bracket final. Both games are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

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