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South Mountain opens 9-10 tournament with win

June 26, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY -- South Mountain and Halfway were playing for much more than just another win Friday night. Both teams were trying to start the Maryland District 1 Little League 9-10 Tournament on the right foot and stay out of the losers' bracket.

In the end, South Mountain beat Halfway 11-5 in their first-round matchup and will host Sharpsburg today at 1 p.m. in a second-round game.

Cam Keller started Halfway with an RBI single in the top of the first. South Mountain answered back in the bottom of the first when Cole Rinehart scored on a wild pitch.

Halfway held a 4-2 lead entering the fourth after scoring three runs on wild pitches. Jaden Brady scored on an error in the fourth to increase Halfway's lead to three.

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South Mountain picked it up in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs early in the frame to trim the lead to one run. With the bases loaded, Brett Duft blooped a single right over first base to score two runs and take the lead.

Aaron Myers added a two-run double to give South Mountain a 9-5 lead at the end of four.

"We started out a little nervous and we weren't reactive," South Mountain coach Will Crampton said. "But when the game picked up, we picked up and started to hit."

South Mountain closed the scoring in the fifth inning by adding two runs.

Halfway gets two days of rest before it hosts the loser of today's Conococheague-Clear Spring game Monday evening at 6.

"We have a lot of 8- and 9-year-olds on the team. And we've only been together for 11 days, but I think we played well," coach Mark Mitchell said.

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