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West pitching fails to get aligned

May 31, 2007|by CONNER GILBERT / Staff Correspondent

Pitching went south for the West early.

The West dug a hole by allowing four runs in the first three innings and couldn't climb out of it in a 6-3 loss to the East in the big schools game of the 2007 Mid-Maryland All-Star Baseball Classic on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium.

The West struggled from the start.

West starter Kenny Feigley from South Hagerstown allowed a leadoff single to North Carroll's Nick Riley, followed by Francis Scott Key's Shane Eyler's RBI triple to deep center field for a quick first run.

After a walk, Eyler scored on a sacrifice fly by North Carroll's Evan Picciotto to put the West down, 2-0.

Tuscarora's Derek Kohler struck out the first two batters in the second before walking Liberty's Jared Heffler. Heffler stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Riley walked.

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The pair of runners started a double steal that forced Tuscarora catcher Brian Neuens' throwing error, scoring Heffler to give the East a 3-0 lead.

The pitching struggles continued in the third inning when Walkersville pitcher Ryan Kassab allowed a leadoff infield single to Centennial's Alex Bechta. Bechta stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch to put the West four runs down.

In the fifth inning, West pitcher Brock Jamison of South Hagerstown yielded a leadoff walk to Eyler, who stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Eyler scored on Centennial's Ryan Miller's triple in the left-center field gap. Miller scored when teammate Austin Harclerode grounded a single through the hole on the left side of the infield to give the East a commanding 6-0 lead.

The West finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when Linganore center fielder Seth Burmeister misjudged and dropped a fly ball hit by Middletown's Ty Main, allowing him to advance to third with one out. Main scored on a sacrifice fly by Frederick's David Canada.

After pitching a scoreless sixth inning, North Hagerstown's Marcellus Sumlin helped his own cause with a triple to right field to score Middletown's Brandon Kline.

"I thought I would be rusty," Sumlin said. "It was fun playing with different people."

Sumlin scored on a two-out RBI single to left by North Hagerstown's Mark Dattilio, cutting the East lead to three. However, after a walk by Main, Canada popped out to first base to end the game.

Urbana's Peter Clement pitched the first two innings, allowing only one hit, while striking out three, to earn the victory. Feigley took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and one walk.

Eyler was named the game's MVP for collecting two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

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