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Litton, Douglas give Hancock best of everything

July 10, 2009|By CONNER GILBERT/Staff Correspondent

As the old adage goes, good pitching and defense can win a baseball game.

A productive offense never hurts, either.

Connor Litton hit three home runs on Friday to lead the Hancock All-Stars to a 12-4 win over Halfway in a losers' bracket game of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.

"It was a big night on every kid's part," said Hancock manager Dennis Douglas. "We had key hits, including the home runs by Connor."

Halfway opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Matt Clopper scored on an error to make it 1-0.

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But Hancock's offense began to click in the third. Darren Lashley scored on a wild pitch to tie the game before Tristan Douglas' RBI single to center gave Hancock a 2-1 lead.

"Tristan's hit was the turning point of the game," said Douglas. "Halfway's pitcher came out on top of his game, but that key hit got us all started."

Litton, the next batter, hit a two-run home run to center field. Later in the inning, Jesse Wolford's RBI single gave Hancock a 5-1 lead.

In the fourth, Tristan Douglas contributed another big hit with a double to left to bring home a pair of runs. He scored on a wild pitch before Litton hit a solo homer to give Hancock a 9-1 advantage.

Halfway responded two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but failed to come up with a big hit. Alec Wingard scored on a wild pitch and Chris Harrell hit an RBI single to right to make it 9-3. But after loading the bases with two outs, the rally ended with a groundout.

"Our pitcher, Tristan, didn't have his hardest stuff tonight, but he mixed it up," said Dennis Douglas. "He kept their offense off balance to where they hit fieldable balls."

Hancock picked up two more runs in the fifth when Noah Teeter and Lashley scored on wild pitches to make it 11-3.

Halfway narrowed the deficit to 11-4 in the bottom of the inning on Harrell's RBI single to center.

But in the top of the sixth, Litton blasted his third home run to center to put Hancock up 12-4.

Dennis Douglas was pleased to see Hancock work hard, even after it had taken the lead.

"Even when we got up, we kept battling and trying to get the next base hit," said Douglas. "They didn't pay attention to the scoreboard, they just focused on at-bats and making plays."

Hancock hosts Valley today for a losers' bracket game at 6 p.m.

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