West End makes most of little bit

July 03, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

CHEWSVILLE -- West End made a minimal amount of offense work to its advantage to open the Maryland District 1 10-11 Little League tournament with a 6-5 victory over Valley on Friday night.

Valley would like to have had more than the eight hits it did get.

West End used five hits for the game --three in the second inning and two in the fifth -- to come up with a pair of three-run innings.

It was the hits Valley did not get, leaving a runner on third with none out in the fourth and the bases loaded with one out without scoring in the fifth, that did it in.

From different viewpoints in the dugouts, one team gave a game and the other stole one.

"The kids answered the call when we got behind," said West End manager Bob Leatherman. "We didn't hit much, but we made them count."


Jeremy Dunkin's two-run triple helped Valley to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second but West End came back for a 3-3 tie with the help of three Valley errors.

Lewis Peck had a run-scoring single and Xzavone Roman and Tyler King followed by driving in runs with grounders.

Valley took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on a big blast by Ryan Bywaters before West End tallied three in the fifth inning, the final run coming on Peck's single to score Zach Martin for a sixth run that proved to be the difference.

"Maybe we were overanxious because we know we have clutch hitters," said Valley manager Frank Bywaters. "We could have waited on a better pitch to hit instead of being so anxious to swing. But too, the errors we made in the second inning really hurt."

Derrick Hughes quelled the potential Valley threat in the fourth after Ryan Bywaters' homer. In the fifth, Cameron Davis came in to relieve Hughes with two runners on, eventually working out of the inning.

Valley made things interesting in the top of the sixth after Mike Murray doubled off of Davis.

Zach Martin came in to pitch and recorded two strikeouts before Jared Durning launched a double to the base of the fence in center, scoring pinch runner Brandon Eyler. Martin retired Bryce Scharenbroch to give West End the win.

"(Valley) had some runners but we buckled up and played defense when we had to," said Leatherman.

Starting pitcher Shawn Hickman had eight strikeouts in three-plus innings for West End. Durning had three hits for Valley.

Both teams return to action today with West End hosting Hancock and Valley heads to Clear Spring. First pitch for each game is 3 p.m.

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