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Valley puts on fireworks display at plate

July 06, 2008|By JACK HILL III

CHEWSVILLE -- Valley put on its fireworks celebration one day after Independence Day.

Valley slugged three home runs on its way to a 5-2 victory over South Mountain in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.

"We had three home runs today, but that is not our style," Valley manager Tim Hartsock said. "We consider ourselves small and scrappy. We like to get runners on base and scrap for runs."

Austin Stone had three hits -- two of them home runs -- and drove in three runs for Valley, while Timmy Hartsock had a solo homer among his two hits.

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J.R. Rinehart got the win as he struck out 10 batters in 5 1/3 innings. When Rinehart reached the maximum pitch limit, Josh Miller came on and struck out the final two South Mountain batters.

"I think J.R. pitched one heck of a game," Hartsock said. "He has been throwing like that all year. It was what we expected him to do. Both teams played good defense today."

Timmy Hartsock started the scoring for Valley with a one-out solo homer in the top of the first. They added two more runs in the top of the third when Hartsock singled and Stone followed with a two-run blast to right.

South Mountain responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third to narrow the gap to 3-2. Ryan Walsh reached on a throwing error and Clayton Myers singled to left. Ethan Foster singled to center to drive in Walsh. One out later, Myers scored when Nick Seabright reached on an infield single.

Valley got its final two runs in the fifth to increase its advantage to 5-2. Kyle Huntzberry reached on a throwing error and advanced two bases on a pair of wild pitches before scoring on an errant pickoff attempt. One out later, Stone slugged a solo homer to center.

Foster led South Mountain with two hits.

"Fundamentally, it was a very good ballgame," South Mountain manager Jude Walsh said. "Both teams were good. We just couldn't put the ball in play. We just have to come back on Tuesday."

Valley plays host to defending district champion Federal in a winners' bracket game Monday at 6 p.m., while South Mountain welcomes the Conococheague-West End loser Tuesday at 6.

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