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S. Mountain throws Stone, strikes down Maugansville

July 01, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO -- South Mountain starting pitcher Travis Stone had command and poise in Wednesday's Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament game against Maugansville.

Behind Stone's arm, South Mountain sent Maugansville to the losers' bracket with a 3-1 victory.

Stone found himself in a bases-loaded jam in the first inning but got out of it when he forced Kyle Moir to ground out to first base.

"I was hoping they wouldn't score on me there," Stone said. "But that inning took some of the pressure off of me."

Stone nearly pitched a complete game but was pulled in the top of the seventh after reaching the 95-pitch limit.

His 95th pitch gave him his seventh strikeout in the game. He allowed one run, five hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings.

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"I usually pitch pretty well. I'm looking forward to my next start," Stone said.

After a scoreless first two innings, South Mountain broke the tie in the third. Brad Enfield singled home Anthony Bizzell and Trevor Walsh's sacrifice fly plated Stone. Enfield later scored on a throwing error to give South Mountain the 3-0 lead.

"We scored just enough to win," said manager Joe Schofield. "We worked hard on defense and weren't forced to make many plays with our pitching."

Maugansville's lone run scored in the sixth inning. Tyler Shindle's ground-rule double sent Chris Resh home.

"Our defense was strong and we fought to the end," said Maugansville manager Paul Breakall. "We just couldn't come up with any offense."

Shindle entered the game as a reliever for Maugansville in the third inning and struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings.

Enfield recorded the two-out save for South Mountain, which will face Valley on Friday.

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