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.


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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