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Valley runs over National

June 28, 2007|By TRAVIS KING / Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE - Valley Little League used hot bats and speedy baserunning Wednesday to win its second game in as many days, a 10-2 victory over National Little League in a Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament winners'-bracket baseball game at Aaron Steiner Field.

Josh Miller and Kyle Bywaters provided the offensive power as each homered for Valley. Miller's blast, his second of the tournament, came in the bottom of the first inning to give his team a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, Valley starter Timmy Hartsock tripled and scored on a wild pitch and Miller stole home before Bywaters' inside-the-park solo homer extended his team's lead to 5-0.

"Home runs aren't really what we're about, though," said Valley manager Tim Hartsock. "I think we even showed up a little flat but came alive at the end."

Each team scored a run in the fourth inning. National put its first run on the board when Steven Wincovitch walked with the bases loaded, scoring Jeffrey Bennett. Valley came back in the bottom of the inning when Tanner Bachtell scored on a fielding error.

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Four more insurance runs were tallied by Valley in the fifth inning to push its lead to 10-1. Josh Mades and Holden Hershey hit two-out RBI singles, and two more runs scored on wild pitches.

National scored another run in the sixth as Nick McCoy drew another bases-loaded walk to force Quantae Green home, but Olson got Kyler Lynch to pop out to first baseman Nik Steiner with the bases loaded to end the potential rally and the game.

National left 10 runners on base in the game, while Valley stranded just two.

"When our kids take first base, they want to just run and score," Tim Hartsock said. "That's what gives us our momentum."

Timmy Hartsock pitched four innings to pick up the win. He gave up a run on two hits, struck out six and walked two. National did not hit a ball out of the infield until Dalton Hottanger led off the fifth inning with a line-drive single to right field.

For National, Hottanger had two hits, while Bennett struck out eight in four innings, gave up five hits and walked one.

"We knew (Bennett) would be really good, so we knew we had to earn every base and every run against him," said Tim Hartsock.

Valley will play Friday at Conococheague. National will play today at American.

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