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Maugansville routs Valley in Senior opener

June 30, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- Maugansville pitcher Jeff Barnes came into the game confident and looking for a win.

He got his wish.

Barnes pitched a complete game Tuesday, allowing only two runs as Maugansville routed Valley 16-2 in five innings in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament.

Maugansville gave Barnes plenty of cushion to work with in the first when Ryan Cooper walked and Ty Nedimyer drove him in with a two-run homer to right-center field.

Allen Bowers reached on an error, then made his way to third on a double by Nathan Murray. Colby Waugh drove both runners in with a double, then scored from second on an error two batters later to give Maugansville a 5-0 lead.

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Valley answered in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs on four hits.

Leading 8-2 going into the fourth, Maugansville stepped on the gas. Barnes opened the inning with a single, then advanced to third on two straight walks. Cooper hit a ground-rule double to left field to bring in two runs, increasing the lead to 10-2.

Nedimyer loaded the bases once more after being hit by a pitch, then scored when Nathan Murray brought in two more on a ground-rule double of his own that bounced just over the fence in center.

"I just stayed confident. I was kind of nervous coming in," said Murray, "It was my first All-Star game."

Waugh reached first on a fielder's choice and Murray scored after an error. Mike Churchey then singled to left to bring in Waugh, and Josh Sines brought him home two batters later on a double to left, scoring the last of Maugansville's 16 runs.

Maugansville finished with 10 hits and commited no errors.

"This is a good hitting team," said Maugansville coach Greg Long, "We came out and started hitting, and we fielded well."

Maugansville will play Sunday against the winner of Thursday's South Mountain-Conococheague contest.

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