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Maugansville's Daley keeps 'em guessing

July 11, 2007|By CONNER GILBERT / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring didn't have an answer for Maugansville pitcher Matt Daley on Tuesday.

"I heard Clear Spring was a good hitting team, so I didn't expect to do this well," Daley said. "I just tried to keep them guessing."

Daley threw a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts as Maugansville beat Clear Spring 7-0 in the winners' bracket semifinals of the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament.

"He's an all-around good baseball player," said Maugansville manager Rich Montgomery. "He comes in so focused and ready to win ballgames."

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Daley was solid from the start, retiring the first eight batters he faced.

"I feel really good now," Daley said. "I have the confidence in myself that I can get the job done."

Maugansville gave him some run support in the second inning. Will Resh's single up the middle was followed by Chad Shindle's two-run home run to center field. Daley and Brent Mentzer also contributed RBI hits to put Maugansville up 4-0.

Clear Spring threatened in the third when Tyler Walling reached on a two-out infield single. Ryan Aaron followed with a bloop single to center, but Walling was thrown out at second by C.J. Owings to end the inning.

Maugansville added three runs in the fourth. Daley doubled and scored on Troy Carbaugh's double. Owings followed with a two-run homer to right to make it 7-0.

"This is a really strong hitting team," said Montgomery. "I throw batting practice myself, and the kids keep me in shape."

As for Clear Spring, manager Mike Lowry isn't pushing the panic button any time soon.

"Daley obviously pitched a smart game, and our bats just didn't come alive," Lowry said. "I have no problem with what our boys are doing."

Maugansville will play in the winners' bracket final today at 6 p.m. at Federal. Montgomery likes his team's chances.

"They hang in there and they really want to win," Montgomery said. "It's something I can't give. They just really want it."

Mentzer led Maugansville with three hits, while Walling led Clear Spring with two.

Clear Spring will host Conococheague today at 6 p.m. in a losers' bracket game.

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