Brendon Colbert and Tyler Maust each went 3-for-3, Darian Hampton drove in four runs and Ahmere Ware pitched 4 2/3 innings of solid relief, leading American to a 14-6 victory over National in a first-round losers' bracket game Monday night at Staley Field in the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament.
"It was a fun one," said American manager Rod Wilson, whose team hosts Halfway today at 6 p.m. "When you win, it's always fun."
American capitalized on 13 hits, 10 walks, three hit batsmen and four National errors.
"We have a lot of talent. Coming into the tournament, a lot of people thought we were a team to beat," said National manager Scott Appel, whose team was eliminated after going 0-2. "Typically, our strengths are pitching and defense, but both let us down in this tournament."
"Bases on balls, it's the old clich, they'll come around and kill you. And the balls that were hit found holes, or we misplayed them. But give American credit. They came out and played harder than we did."