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East takes no short cuts to rally for win

May 31, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Mid-Maryland All-Star Baseball Classic was the last time for many seniors to show their talents.

The East took every chance it could to show off to notch a 9-6 win over the West Wednesday in the all-star game at Municipal Stadium.

"I'm proud of the kids," said East coach Mike Franklin, who coaches Catoctin. "Everybody really showcased their skills. An all-star game is basically an event centered around individual skills. I just told the kids to go up there and have a good at-bat. There are some college coaches here and they can look good for those guys."

The East snapped a 4-4 tie with four runs during the top of the fourth inning.

Catoctin's Matt Althoff led off the fourth with a single to center. One out later, Gordan Craig of Carroll Christian walked and Smithsburg's Kevin Tyler singled to left to load the bases. Another out later, an infield error scored Althoff and Craig. After Winter Mills' Matt Witte walked to reload the bases, Smithsburg's Matt Shriver ripped a two-run single off the third baseman's glove to knock in Tyler and Peifer.

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"Each kid is going up there trying to drive the ball as far as they can and just trying to drive in the big run," Franklin added.

East leadoff batter Matt Greene of South Carroll was voted the game's MVP for going 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and one stolen base.

Tyler also went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Winter Mills' Paul Macciocca added two hits for the East.

Kyle Kane of Boonsboro got two hits and scored two runs, while St. James' Andrew Twigg added a two-run single for the West.

"It was a great game, overall," said West coach Larnie Vickers, who coaches Williamsport. "All of the boys had fun. That is all that you can ask for. We had some nice clutch hits. The big thing is that everybody enjoyed the game. It is nice to see all of those high school seniors come out just one more time to display their talents. They didn't have to worry that much about the score. They were just out here having some fun."

Tyler was the winning pitcher and Haines got the save by pitching a scoreless seventh for the East.

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