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Penn puts signature on National victory

July 01, 2010|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Brock Penn had a two-run homer and a two-run triple to lead the National Little League 9-10 All-Stars to an 11-7 victory over host West End in a Maryland District 1 losers' bracket game Wednesday.

National will face the winner of the Maugansville-Sharpsburg game, while West End was eliminated.

National took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, getting the two-run triple by Penn.

West End retaliated in the top of the second with one run.

National broke the game open in the bottom half of the second. Cody Crawford drew a leadoff walk, Dawson Hottinger followed with a single and both scored on an error, making it 5-1 National with no outs. Two batters later, Timmy Townsend scored on another error, but National pitcher Corban Luna was tossed out at home trying to get greedy.

Penn crossed the plate for the final run of the inning, before another National runner was gunned down at the plate. A strikeout concluded the rally at only four runs.

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With things clearly going in favor of National, West End struck back. Miz Norris led off the third with a single, his first of two hits in the game. He scored after an error and two passed balls.

Following two consecutive walks to put two on with no outs, Xavier Dominguez hit a very long single that reached the fence and scored both runners, cutting National's lead to 7-4. West End's rally ended there.

"We held off their big push in the third. Defense held up solid," said National manager Dave Hutzler, whose team scored another two in the bottom half of the third.

With the score 9-4 in the top of the fourth, an RBI double by Norris plated Will Stoey, and Alaric Hickman followed with a single to bring Norris home.

West End scored its seventh and final run in the fifth on an error and three passed balls.

National scored its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth on Penn's home run over the right-field fence.

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