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Clear Spring puts away Sharpsburg in 5 innings

June 26, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SHARPSBURG -- One day after Sharpsburg Little League's 9-10 All-Stars shut out National 10-0 on Tuesday, Sharpsburg experienced what it's like to be on National's end.

Clear Spring Little League deflated Sharpsburg with a few big hits early in Wednesday's Maryland District 1 Tournament second-round game, and Sharpsburg never regrouped as Clear Spring earned a five-inning 10-0 victory.

"Mentally, they just got down on themselves," Sharpsburg manager Chris Webber said. "If they get down a couple runs, they can't get down because we have the bats to get back in the game. We just got mentally out of it."

Jacob Lee got Clear Spring started with a one-out triple in the bottom of the first -- Clear Spring earned the right to be the home team by virtue of a coin flip. Spencer Schultz walked and broke for second on the next pitch. No Sharpsburg player covered second as the throw from the catcher went into center field, allowing Lee to score. Collin Willhite's double to center scored Schultz to make it 2-0.

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After Tim Stoner walked leading off the bottom of the second, Travis Capezuto drove Stoner in with a towering double to deep center for a 3-0 lead.

"They came out swinging the bat, attacking and swinging at good pitches," Clear Spring manager Jason Willhite said. "That set the tone early for us."

Clear Spring scored four runs in the fourth inning on three walks and two of Sharpsburg's five errors, before ending the game with three runs in the fifth on three walks, Jared Barnes' two-run single to center, a walk and an error.

"The kids stayed patient," Jason Willhite said. "They didn't swing at bad pitches."

Schultz went the distance, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six.

"He threw a heck of a game," Jason Willhite said. "He kept them down. He was on my team and he pitched well all season long, and he's carried it through to all-stars."

Clear Spring will host Valley in the winners' bracket on Friday at 6 p.m. Sharpsburg will travel to South Mountain today for a losers' bracket game at 6.

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