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Halfway's Maloy has his way with Clear Spring

July 08, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

HALFWAY -- Hunter Maloy hit a grand slam and allowed one run and one hit in two innings on the mound, sparking the Halfway Little League All-Stars to a 9-1 lead over Clear Spring before lightning and ensuing rain stopped the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament game.

The contest was halted after two innings and will be resumed today at 6 p.m. at Halfway Park.

Halfway, which won its district opener 8-1 over Sharpsburg, went to work quickly in the first inning, sending 14 batters to the plate while gaining a 5-0 lead.

Clear Spring bounced back with a run in the bottom of the first. But Halfway went to work again in the second and secured the 9-1 advantage thanks to Maloy's long bases-loaded home run over the center-field fence.

"It was a fastball," Maloy said of the pitch. "I hit it pretty good."

Halfway manager Jack Jenkins was pleased with the seven-hit attack.

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"It's good to see the bats alive," Jenkins said. "We have a good-hitting ballclub. Let's hope it continues."

Jenkins said Maloy will likely return to the mound tonight when play resumes.

In the first inning Monday, Bobby Brennan legged out an infield hit to start the five-run rally. Josh Wilson walked and Ryan Boward and Zach Barr followed with run-producing singles. Maloy and Nick Sauble added RBI singles and the fifth run scored on a wild pitch.

Wilson started the second-inning uprising with a double and Maloy ended it with the grand slam on a 3-2 pitch.

Nick Lewis had Clear Spring's lone hit -- a bunt single to lead off the first inning.

Levi Bucher and Hunter Fidler shared the pitching assignment for Clear Spring.

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