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Patience pays off as Maugansville walks away with victory

July 08, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- The Maugansville Junior All-Star team received more free passes in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday than any local movie theater would give out in a night.

Nine would-be hitters walked in the inning, including eight of the first nine who went to the plate, leading to a 12-run frame for Maugansville on its way to a 20-10 win over Clear Spring in a Maryland District 1 Tournament losers' bracket game.

"It was good to see our patience at the plate tonight," Maugansville manager Paul Breakall said. "We were waiting for a good pitch. I'm very proud of the players for playing as a team and for supporting each other throughout the game."

Maugansville will play at Conococheague in the losers' bracket final Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Ryan Barton finished with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Trevor Shuck hit a two-run homer for Maugansville.

Trent Irving had two hits for Clear Spring.

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Clear Spring got on the scoreboard first with one run in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Ryan Aaron reached on an error, took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a passed ball. One out later, Hunter Fiddler singled to center to drive in Aaron.

The first three runs in Maugansville's 12-run first came home on two wild pitches and a throwing error. After a pair of bases-loaded walks, Barton hit a three-run double to left. Derek Herbert had an RBI double and A.J. Frazee had a run-scoring single.

Clear Spring got three runs in the top of the second, but Maugansville answered with three in the bottom of the inning to get its 11-run lead back.

Clear Spring delayed Maugansville's win by the 10-run rule by scoring five runs in the top of the fifth to reduce the deficit to 19-10.

Maugansville ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler Shindle scored on an errant pickoff attempt.

"We got down too early in the game," Clear Spring manager Joseph Aaron said. "In the second or third inning, we settled in and we started to make a little comeback attempt. We had a good season."

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