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Britton is great in Maugansville's win

July 06, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

MAUGANSVILLE -- John Britton has lowered his expectations for himself since the regular season.

Still, the bar sits pretty high.

Britton came within one out of a complete-game shutout and struck out eight Saturday to lead Maugansville Little League to a 10-1 victory over American in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament

"That's pretty good for an all-star game," Britton said. "Normally I strike out about 13, but this was good."

Britton allowed only three hits -- the last a solo home run to Demetrius Edwards with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. He had his no-hitter broken up by two bunt singles in the fifth.

"That made me a little mad, but it's part of the game," Britton said. "I felt really good and I had the confidence. All I care about is getting a win."

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Britton's gem went unmatched by American, whose quartet of pitchers walked nine batters and hit three more.

The inconsistency allowed Maugansville to parlay just six hits into 10 runs.

"Our boys are patient at the plate but we're a good hitting team when we need to be," said Maugansville coach Rich Montgomery. "The boys have been practicing real hard and this is what we needed to start."

Maugansville broke a scoreless tie with one out in the top of the third.

Cory Staubs was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Richie Montgomery and Derek Herbert followed with an infield hit. Britton singled off the center-field fence to score Montgomery before Herbert came in on a passed ball to give Maugansville a 3-0 lead.

Two innings later, Staubs smacked a three-run double to cap a five-run fifth and take the Maugansville lead to 8-0.

Maugansville tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth without registering a hit.

Dylan Wagner finished with two hits for Maugansville, which advances in the winners' bracket and will host Hancock on Monday.

"This is where we want to be," Rich Montgomery said. "We're going to win five and win the district."

Che' Swayne and Trevion Hamlin had the bunt singles for American in the fifth before Edwards' line shot over the right-field fence in the sixth.

American will host a losers' bracket game on Tuesday.

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