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Clear Spring holds off West End in 46-run affair

June 29, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

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Nick Lewis had three hits on Thursday as Clear Spring survived a game filled with walks and wild pitches to eliminate West End 27-19 in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament.

Clear Spring will travel to Federal today at 6 p.m.

Clear Spring finished with 13 hits - J.T. Altman, Jake Brant, Riley Lozich and Eric Yetter each had two.

"Everybody swung the bat well," said Clear Spring manager Todd Brant. "It was a long game, but everyone hung in there."

Clear Spring scored six runs in each of the first two innings to take a 12-2 lead. West End scored seven in the third to cut the lead to 12-9 but could get no closer as Clear Spring scored four runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and five in the sixth to stay ahead.

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The game featured 40 walks in all as West End used seven different pitchers and Clear Spring four. Clear Spring scored eight runs on wild pitches and three more on three errant throws from the catcher back to the pitcher. West End scored five runs on wild pitches.

"I had a lot of young pitchers and I just tried to get them to throw strikes," Todd Brant said. "Both teams struggled pitching tonight. ... We get our No. 1 back (today), and I hear Federal is pretty tough, so we'll need him."

"Most of our team, the pitchers that threw tonight did not throw all season because our league is top-heavy with 11- and 12-year-olds," West End manager Mark Brown said. "They're inexperienced, but we'll be back."

Andrew Snodderly hit a two-run homer and a two-run single for West End. Corbin Rowland and Airin Martin each had two hits.

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