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Senior stars get final chance to shine

June 06, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Westminster's Alex Childs (12) is safe at second base as Williamsport's Blake Bandeff awaits the late throw in the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Classic Diamond Stars game Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- Martinsburg coach John Lowery Jr. had his American all-stars ready to go as they got their offense going early to defeat the National all-stars 8-3 in the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Classic Elite Game on Sunday afternoon, the second game of a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium.

American was able to get out to an early lead and build on it.

"If you can do that in any game on any level, it's a positive thing," Lowery said. "That gives you a little bit of extra energy in a game when you get out to an early lead. We certainly had a lot of good players that swung the bat well. I liked the way that they played hard. They ran the balls out. We got some hits in a row and we had the big inning."

Kevin Kean of Old Mill High School was selected as the MABC Elite Game MVP after ripping two triples for American.

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American scored single runs in each of the first three innings.

Kean led off the bottom of the second with a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch.

American added four runs in the bottom of the fourth to expand its lead to 7-0. Kean capped the rally with an RBI triple to left.

American added one more run in the fifth to boost its lead to 8-0. With one out, Martinsburg's T.J. Weisenburg doubled to left. Another out later, South Hagerstown's Tyeler Presgraves singled to center to knock in Weisenburg.

American banged out a total of 16 hits.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to coach them," Lowery added. "It was a very nice event."

Earlier in the day, the National all-stars beat the American all-stars 13-3 in the Diamond Stars Game.

Drew Karlin of Poolesville High School was selected as the Diamond Stars Game MVP after stroking a pair of two-run doubles to center for National.

Karlin's first two-run double came in the top of the fifth to enable National to extend its lead to 4-1.

National exploded with five runs in the top of the sixth to raise its lead to 9-1. Karlin capped the rally with his second two-run double.

Williamsport's Blake Bandeff slugged a solo homer for American.

"I thought we showcased the top talent in the Tri-State area as well as the Mid-Atlantic Region," executive director Dave Foltz said. "It is good to see the top players from the Tri-State area play together with the top players from other areas in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We had a lot of talent and a lot of smiles today out of all four teams. Everybody got to play today and everybody was happy."

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