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Halfway upends West End

June 27, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

If Thursday evening's baseball game at West End Little League was Halfway manager David Showe's biggest concern, his team appears to be in good shape.

"Tonight really worried me because we were down to our No. 4 pitcher," Showe said.

Their No. 4 pitched like he was No. 1.

Tanner Canfield allowed only two hits while striking out eight in 3 2/3 innings as Halfway beat West End 16-2 in four innings in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament.

"We had an excellent outing from Tanner Canfield. He pitched a really good game, a really good game," said Showe, whose team improved to 2-1 in the tourney and plays at National today at 6 p.m. "Besides Tanner Canfield standing out, you can't really point one kid out. It was just an overall good team effort."

Halfway finished with seven hits, each from a different player, and capitalized on West End's miscues.

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West End (0-2), which was eliminated, committed 10 errors and its pitchers issued seven walks, hit two batters and allowed Halfway to plate eight of its runs from third base on wild pitches.

"It was just a bad night," West End manager Tom Stevenson said. "We just didn't have it. But they're young. It was just inexperience."

Halfway didn't commit a single error.

"It was very impressive," Showe said. "An error-free game is just something that doesn't happen every day. All the practice paid off."

Halfway scored one run in the first, five in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth. Mikey Toms and Billy Miller each hit a double, and Canfield went 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.

West End scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning on a pair of bases-loaded walks. Zach Martin had both of his team's hits against Canfield, who was perfect through two innings.

"I'm confident we can win the next two to three games and stretch this out to next week," Showe said. "Tomorrow (against National), we'll have our No. 1 starter back, Zach Andrews, so we should be in good shape."

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