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Storms stop three All-Star games

July 02, 2009|From staff reports

Federal Little League led Halfway Little League 3-2 in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday evening when rain forced the suspension of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers' bracket game.

The game will be completed from the spot it was suspended -- with Halfway's Harrison Barger batting with one out and the bases loaded -- today at 6 p.m. at Halfway.

Federal scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Myles Nicholson walked and Nathan Kline, Malik Carey and Max Conrad hit consecutive singles, the last two driving in runs. Joyvien Sandrige's groundout to first scored another run.

Halfway scored two runs in the bottom half before the rain came. Donnie Travis walked and Bryce Ruppenthal launched a no-doubt home run to left-center field.

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Ryan Downs singled and Brandon Gooden and Jordan Wood drew walks to load the bases when the rain hit.

Both starting pitchers -- Wood and Nicholson -- are eligible to pitch when the game resumes. Wood threw 24 pitches and would have to start at that count. Nicholson threw 20 pitches and could start today with a fresh pitch count.

By Little League rules, when a game is suspended by rain or darkness and resumes the next day, a pitcher who threw between 21 and 40 pitches can pitch the next day starting at their previous day's count up to the 9-10 limit of 75 pitches. A pitcher who threw between 1 and 20 pitches can pitch the next day starting at zero.

  • Two opening round games in the Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament also were suspended by rain Wednesday.

    Christ McNairn brought in two runs on a single to left in the first and Trevor Shuck homered in the third as Maugansville took a 3-0 lead over Clear Spring before the game was halted in the top of the fourth after a one-hour delay.

    Play will resume today at 5:30 p.m. at Clear Spring.

    South Mountain led Valley 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the second at Chestnut Grove Park before the contest was stopped.

    South Mountain scored in the top of the second on a two-out RBI single to center by Dave Wilbraham.

    South Mountain's Gunnar Whipp had four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of work.

    That game also will resume today at 5:30 p.m.

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