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Halfway advances in dominant fashion

June 28, 2007|By CONNER GILBERT / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - When a team plays as well as Halfway did Wednesday, the manager can be at a loss for words about what to improve on.

"That's a tough question," said Scott Herbert. "I don't really know."

Halfway defeated Clear Spring 15-5 in the second round of the Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament at Clear Spring Little League. Halfway cranked out 12 hits to go along with good pitching and defense.

"Up and down the lineup, this is a very good hitting team," Herbert said. "They are patient and look for strikes to hit."

Trailing by two in the bottom of the first, Halfway plated four runs against Clear Spring starter Spencer Schultz, who labored through a 37-pitch inning. Jeremiah Younker led off with a triple and came home on Zach Andrews' RBI groundout. Matt Malphurs and Zach Barr followed with singles and Matt Clopper drew a walk. Malphurs scored on a passed ball, and Barr and Clopper came home on Chase Eichelberger's double to give Halfway a 4-2 lead.

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In the second, Halfway sent eight batters to the plate and scored four runs, helped by a pair of singles and an outfield error, to build an 8-3 lead.

Halfway scored four more runs in the third and three in the fifth to clinch the win by the 10-run rule.

Clear Spring had trouble getting runners on base, managing only four hits.

"I don't think they showed up ready to play tonight," Clear Spring manager Todd Brant said. "All you can do is give them a pep talk and hope they show up tomorrow night with their bats ready."

Younker went 4-for-4 for Halfway and finished a home run shy of the cycle.

"He has a lot of speed," Herbert said. "We put him at leadoff, and he was really a spark plug for this team."

Jake Brant led Clear Spring with a single and a walk and scored twice.

Halfway plays at Sharpsburg in the third round of the winners' bracket Friday at 6 p.m. Clear Spring plays at West End in the first round of the losers' bracket today at 6 p.m.

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