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Rain, change of venue fail to faze Valley

June 28, 2008|By CONNER GILBERT

MAUGANSVILLE -- After a 90-minute rain delay, a manager might expect his team to come out a little flat.

But Valley All-Stars manager Moe Price was impressed with his team's ability to overcome the circumstances.

"I don't think the delay affected them in the game," said Price. "They were really confident."

Valley looked sharp in all facets of the game, defeating Clear Spring 9-4 in the first round of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament at Shane and Shawn Horst Field.

Officials moved the game from Chewsville to Maugansville due to muddy conditions at Jack L. Hockensmith Field.

Valley broke open a scoreless game in the top of the fourth.

Josh Wiles scored on a groundout, and Kasey Raios hit an RBI double to center. Dylan May's two-run double put Valley up 4-0.

"The bats really came in after the third inning," said Price. "And they kept the bats alive."

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Clear Spring answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Kyle Franks hit an RBI single to left. James Mills came home on a wild pitch to cut the Valley lead to 4-2.

Clear Spring tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth on a two-run single from Franks.

But Valley regained the lead in the sixth thanks to another offensive outburst.

Raios hit an RBI double to center, followed by May's run-scoring single. Derek Johnson scored on a throwing error, and Wiles hit a two RBI double to put Valley up 9-4.

"That was a big inning to score five runs," said Price. "Everyone was hitting the ball well and they really battled."

While the Valley hitters were producing runs, the pitchers were both effective and efficient in surpressing the Clear Spring offense.

Nick Emigh started for Valley and pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks. May and Dustin Price combined for three innings of relief, surrendering two runs on three hits and no walks.

"I'm happy for all three pitchers," said Price. "Nick had a good start, Dylan is one of our top pitchers and Dustin always comes in really confident."

Valley hosts Maugansville in a winners' bracket game today at 1:30 p.m.

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