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Hancock walks its way to victory

July 03, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- The Hancock Junior League All-Stars were selective at the plate Friday and it paid off.

Hancock drew 16 walks, and nine led to runs on the way to a 19-8 win over Maugansville in a Maryland District I Tournament game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Hancock advances to play at Conococheague on Monday night at 5:30 in the winners' bracket final of the double-elimination tournament.

Maugansville will play at South County on Sunday night at 5:30 in a losers' bracket game.

"They were just short on pitching," Hancock manager Dennis Douglas said. "We did hit the ball in between all of the walks. We need to tighten up our defense a little bit. We made too many errors. But a win is a win. We are looking to move on. We just want to take one step at a time. We weren't swinging, unless it was a strike. When they threw it in there, we made them pay."

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Ben True, Tyler Trail, Cody Trunkle and Brayden Litton each had two hits for Hancock. True drove in three, while Trail and Trunkle each finished with two RBIs.

Hancock starting pitcher Nathan Koontz got the win as he gave up only two earned runs during the first four innings. He started to tire in the bottom of the fifth, but he got the first two outs. Litton then came on in relief to get the final out.

Trevor Shuck homered for Maugansville. Chris McNairn had two RBIs.

"Hancock has a strong team," Maugansville manager Paul Breakall said. "I hope to see them later in the tournament."

Hancock scored a run in the top of the first before Maugansville came right back with three runs in the bottom half.

Hancock scored five runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good at 6-3.

After Maugansville got a run back in the bottom of the third, Hancock pushed four runs across the plate in the top of the fourth to build a 10-4 advantage. Hancock drew five walks in the frame and three of them scored.

Hancock put the game away with nine runs in the top of the fifth to widen the gap to 19-4.

Maugansville scored four runs in the bottom half, but it wasn't enough to force the game into the sixth inning.

"The top of the fifth inning was long," Douglas said. "I give Maugansville credit for coming back and scoring some runs in the bottom half of that inning."

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