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Murray pitches Maugansville to 2nd straight district crown

July 06, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

MAUGANSVILLE -- When the final decision came to end Saturday's Maryland District 1 Junior League Tournament after 5 2/3 innings because of rain, Maugansville's Nathan Murray could have just stood outside the dugout and received a victory shower.

But his teammates did the honors, dumping water on Murray to celebrate Maugansville's 3-0 victory over South Mountain for a second consecutive district championship and a berth in the state tournament, which begins July 19 in Fruitland, Md.

Murray, nearly 6 feet tall at 14 years of age, stifled South Mountain. He allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 10 before the game was called following a deluge by Mother Nature with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.

He mixed an effective curve and fastball on both sides of the plate, allowing only a second-inning single by Patrick Hollis and fifth-inning double by Aaron Turner.

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"My curve was working real well and combined with my fastball, I just tried to keep them confused," said Murray.

"Other than Nathan's pitching, we didn't do anything spectacular and feel fortunate to win," said Maugansville manager Dwayne Waugh.

In fact, South Mountain's defense became part of Maugansville's offense.

In the first inning with two outs and Colby Waugh on third after a force play, stolen base and South Mountain fielding error, Maugansville took a 1-0 lead as Waugh scored on a wild pitch by Nathan Hardy.

In the second, Trevor Shuck reached on a two-out fielding error by shortstop Aaron Turner. Cory Collella followed with a single to deep short and Chad Hamilton singled on a roller to Turner, who threw wildly to second, allowing Shuck to score.

Maugansville had yet to get the ball out of the infield, but led 2-0.

"We got a little lucky with those scores in the first two innings," said Dwayne Waugh.

Maugansville took a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Nick Colvin walked, Treyvon King was hit by a pitch and Kyler Martin knocked in Colvin with a single to the outfield.

After that, Hardy tightened up and retired the next seven batters, but he and his teammates could not unlock the door on Murray.

Hollis made it to third following a single and two stolen bases, but he was stranded there as Murray struck out the side. Turner was quickly erased after his double when he was picked off.

"We'd like to have gotten to the top of our lineup and give it another shot after the rain," said South Mountain manager Dave Wilbraham. "We made our own mistakes and shot ourselves in the foot. (Maugansville) made plays and got the runs."

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