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Halfway's power dulls Sharpsburg

June 27, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS

HALFWAY -- With a pitch sitting up nice and high, Ryan Downs had no doubt where the ball was going.

Somewhere over the fence in left-center field.

Downs hit a three-run home run -- his fourth homer in two days -- on Saturday to lead the Halfway to a 12-0 victory over Sharpsburg in the second round of the District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament.

Meanwhile, Jordan Wood struck out nine of the 12 batters he faced, while walking only two in a dominating, no-hit performance for Halfway.

"I never did it before, so I was excited. I just stayed focused," Wood said. "I knew if I threw my fastball, they wouldn't be able to catch up."

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Wood helped his cause by hitting a two-run home run in the third inning, to cap Halfway's run production for the day.

Halfway got on the board in the first inning when Bryse Showe singled and circled the bases on three passed balls for a 1-0 lead.

Halfway's failed to break the game open early, though, by failing to take advantage of a bases-loaded situation. Halfway used two walks and an error to get the runners on, but Sharpsburg starting pitcher Matt Harsh struck out the side to get out of the jam.

Halfway took control in the second on a two-run double by Donnie Travis for a 3-0 lead. Bryce Ruppenthal followed with a double for his first of two hits and scored on a single by Downs, who finished with four RBIs.

Halfway broke the game in the third with eight runs on four hits, keyed by Downs' and Woods' homers. Tre Davis also added a two-run double.

With the victory Halfway will travel to play Conococheague on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Sharpsburg drops to the losers' bracket and will play at Maugansville on Monday at 6.

"The kids played to their potential," Halfway coach Trey Keller said. "They worked hard to get here. Great leadership from the older 10 year olds."

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