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West End bats around twice in decisive rally

July 11, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

What a difference a half-inning can make.

West End trailed American 3-2 entering the bottom of the third Thursday night, and won 16-3 after scoring 14 runs in the frame in a 3 1/2-inning losers' bracket game in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.

"I'm just happy with the way that the guys came together," West End manager Bob Leatherman said. "We had 18 batters bat in the third inning. It was just a big inning. You just have to take advantage of innings like that. We were really aggressive on the bases in that inning."

West End advances to play at Maugansville tonight at 6.

West End forced two American pitchers to throw a total of 80 pitches in the third as it drew 10 walks, collected four hits and had two batters hit by pitches in the inning. West End's baserunners also advanced a total of 17 bases in the inning on wild pitches and passed balls.

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"There were a lot of passed balls that shot us in the foot," American manager Rod Wilson said. "They just scored a lot on passed balls. What a night. West End had plenty of opportunities and they just took advantage of them."

Dylan Stouffer slugged a two-run homer, while Tyler Shindle belted a solo homer for West End (3-1). Arin Martin had three runs scored, two hits and an RBI for West End, while Dylan Bickford, Colby Johnson, David Moser and Stouffer scored two runs apiece in the victory.

West End starting pitcher Timmy Kitchen gave up only one earned run and had six strikeouts in three innings. West End reliever Chad Bell struck out all three batters that he faced in the top of the fourth to seal the win.

Anthony Morton had a solo homer among his two hits for American (1-2).

"Timmy Kitchen just did an outstanding job for us," Leatherman said. "This was the first time that he pitched for us in the tournament. Chad Bell did an excellent job of relief in the last inning. We're gaining momentum with our wins. We're going to just carry that momentum into Maugansville tomorrow night."

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