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Maugansville overcomes changes to pull out win

July 02, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- Despite a rain delay, a change of scenery, three disputed calls and an injury, Maugansville managed to edge out Clear Spring 6-3 in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 Junior League All-Star Tournament.

Maugansville jumped on the board early, scoring two runs after an error, a walk and a hit that led to a two-run single by Chris McNairn.

In the third, Trevor Shuck hit a leadoff home to left field.

Clear Spring was held hitless through the first three innings.

Then came the rain.

A day later, both teams returned to Clear Spring to find a muddy field. So they packed up and moved to Maugansville. The game resumed in the fourth, but Clear Spring failed to take advantage, stranding two runners in scoring position.

Clear Spring finally answered in the top of the fifth. Henry Eby walked on four pitches, advanced to second on a single by Ryan Aaron before Jared Brant walked to load the bases.

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Two throwing errors and a wild pitch later, Clear Spring had it all tied up.

Maugansville regained the lead in the sixth inning. Kyler Martin walked to start the inning and took second on a passed ball and took third on a errant pickoff throw.

After Derek Herbert walked, a wild throw allowed Martin to score and put Herbert on second. Herbert advanced to third after a passed ball, then scored on a wild pitch.

A batter later, Ryan Barton reached first after taking one off the helmet. After two outs, Barton scored on a wild pitch, a passed ball and a wild pitch, to bring the Maugansville lead to a final of 6-3.

"The boys just stayed focused," said Maugansville manager Paul Breakall, "They put it all together, even through all the changes."

Maugansville will host Hancock today at 5:30 p.m.

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