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Maugansville advances to championship round

July 02, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- Maugansville got on top early and eventually put the game out of reach as it beat Conococheague 11-0 Tuesday night in the winners' bracket final of the Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Maugansville (2-0) will host either Conococheague or South Mountain in the championship round of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. If Maugansville wins, it clinches the title. If Maugansville loses, it will play another game on Sunday at 5:30 at the field of its opponent.

"The boys just came to play tonight," Maugansville manager Dwayne Waugh said. "They knew that if they won tonight, then they would be in the championship on Saturday. All of our boys hit the ball tonight."

Maugansville pitcher Colby Waugh hurled a three-hit shutout for the victory and added two RBIs on offense.

"Colby pitched only about five innings all year," Waugh said. "When he pitched well tonight, that was the biggest surprise for everyone."

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Conococheague had at least one runner on base in every inning, but failed to score a run.

"We just weren't ready to play, mentally," Conococheague manager Rick Aleshire said. "Maugansville came to play."

Dalton Herbert finished with two RBIs and two runs scored for Maugansville. Chad Hamilton, Treyvon King and Trevor Shuck collected two hits apiece for Maugansville.

Maugansville got a run in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Hamilton doubled to left, stole third and came home on a groundout to second by Waugh.

Maugansville added two more runs in the second to extend its lead to 3-0 on RBI doubles by King and Shuck.

Maugansville scored eight runs in the fourth as its lead ballooned to 11-0. Herbert hit a two-run single and scored on an RBI single by Cori Collella. Waugh had a sacrifice fly to center. Two more runs scored on a throwing error, another run came home on a wild pitch and Kyler Martin added an RBI single to right to close out the scoring.

"When we scored three runs in the first two innings, we knew that we had a chance to be successful, if we didn't make errors in the field," Waugh said. "When we kept them from scoring in the first few innings, that was a plus. Everyone on the team contributed during that big eight-run fourth inning."

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