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American advances past Clear Spring

July 10, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The American Little League All-Stars outlasted Clear Spring 13-6 Wednesday in a losers' bracket game of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.

American will visit West End tonight at 6 p.m. in the double elimination tournament and manager Rodney Wilson said his team can continue to advance through the bracket.

"We have our top pitchers available for the upcoming games, and I'm confident," Wilson said. "I thought Brendon (Colbert) pitched well enough tonight and our hitters delivered. I'm pleased with the way things are going."

American collected 10 hits on Wednesday and scored in every inning but the first.

Elijah Boykins slugged a two-run homer in the sixth inning to cap a productive day for the winners, who hit the ball to all parts of the field while taking advantage of numerous Clear Spring mistakes.

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Colbert pitched the first four innings and relievers Drequan Johnson and Jorge Rios finished up.

Rios served up a three-run homer to Clear Spring's Riley Lazich in the fifth inning and was in trouble in the sixth but finished the game.

"He threw a lot of pitches in the sixth inning, but he was staying in," Wilson said. "I wanted to keep the other pitchers available for West End."

Anthony Morton led American's balanced offensive attack with a double and single, and the hosts scored in a variety of ways -- wild pitches, errors and timely hits.

"We again made too many mistakes," Clear Spring manager Gary Proctor said. "We hit the ball a lot better (than an opening defeat at Halfway) but we gave them too many outs. It's still a game of fundamentals."

While Lazich smacked a three-run homer over the left-field fence, Nick Lewis enjoyed another fine offensive effort -- collecting a double and two singles. He had five hits in the two tournament games.

Teammate Levi Bucher added a double, single and a sacrifice fly.

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