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Hancock trips, regains stride for Senior win

July 03, 2008|By CONNER GILBERT

MAUGANSVILLE - Rarely does a team owning a big lead need to overcome the odds.

But the Hancock All-Stars turned the rarity into reality when they blew a five-run lead in the seventh before pulling out an 8-7 win in eight innings over Maugansville in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament at Shane and Shawn Horst Field.

"This is what All-Stars is all about," said Hancock manager Harry Lanehart. "The kids put their hearts on the line every play."

Hancock took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Lucus Trunkle's two-run double off the left-center field fence.

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In the fifth, Justin Berkstresser doubled in a run and scored on an error to give Hancock a 4-0 lead.

After Maugansville picked up a run in the sixth, Hancock padded its lead in the seventh. Derek Younker hit an RBI double to right-center and scored on a wild pitch to put Hancock up 6-1.

"We had key hitting at just the right times," said Lanehart.

But Maugansville refused to lay down in the bottom of the seventh. After loading the bases with no outs, Maugansville scored five runs on two walks and two errors to tie the game at 6-6.

"After Maugansville came back, I told the kids that it was a new game," said Lanehart.

Hancock warmed up its bats again in the eighth, getting singles from Steven Starliper and Dylan Whiteside to set the table. With two outs, Berkstresser came through with a single to left to score Starliper and Whiteside to put Hancock back on top, 8-6.

Maugansville got a run when Josh Sines scored on a wild pitch with one out to make it 8-7. But Berkstresser induced a pair of groundouts to seal the win.

"It would have been easy to give up when Maugansville had all the momentum," said Lanehart. "But we came back and got two runs to win."

After seeing his team weather the proverbial storm, Lanehart was pleased.

"For the first time, this team showed its true colors," he said. "Maybe this is a sign of things to come."

Hancock will face Conococheague in the championship round on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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