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Rally helps make Valley king of the hill

June 30, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS

After two quick outs in the top of the fifth inning, it looked like the Valley 9-10 All Stars would quietly go out and play more defense.

But suddenly, it erupted as the next 10 batters reached base to produce 10 runs to break the game open for an eventual 22-7 victory to elminate Clear Spring in the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament.

"They found their stroke," said Valley coach Frank Bywaters, "We've been up and down with hitting, but tonight we found it."

Valley took a 3-0 lead in the first, scoring on a fielder's choice and two consecutive sacrifice flies to left.

Clear Spring got one run as Zack Greenlee collected the first of his three hits before using a stolen base and two fielders' choice grounders to score.

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Valley unloaded six runs on Clear Spring in the second, starting with Ryan Bywaters' first home run of the game, a solo shot to right.

"It came in slow," said Bywaters, "I knew it was gone soon as it left the bat."

The rest of the damage was highlighted by a two-run double by Jeremy Dunkin and an RBI double by Trevor Hatcher.

A throwing error allowed Clear Spring to pick up two runs to close the gap to 9-3.

Clear Spring continued its comeback in the third, scoring two more runs on three hits and three Valley errors.

Ryan Bywaters crushed a two-run homer in the fifth to give Valley a 12-5 lead.

Clear Spring answered in the fourth to narrow the gap to 12-7, but it was the closest it would get.

With two outs in the the fifth, Valley rolled up 10 runs on six hits. Ryan Kolich hit an RBI double, followed two batters later by Dylan Eyler's two-run homer that hit the scoreboard.

Andrew Mathias added a three-run single and Bryce Scharenbrach added a two-run homer.

"It was about here," Scharenbrach said as he motioned across his neck. "I knew the coaches would yell at me if I missed, so I was scared."

Valley plays at Federal today at 6 p.m.

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