Brady clubs inside-the-park homer to lift Halfway to victory

July 03, 2010|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent
  • Clear Spring's Donnie Schildtknecht slides into second base ahead of the throw as Halfway's Bryse Showe tries to catch the ball to make the play during a Maryland District 1 10-11 All-Star game.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

HALFWAY -- It took seven innings for the Clear Spring and Halfway Maryland District 1 10-11 All-Stars to reach a 6-6 standoff.

It took Halfway's Coby Brady one hit to end it all.

Halfway defeated Clear Spring 7-6 in the eighth inning on Brady's leadoff inside-the-park home run to the right field fence to gain a walk-off victory.

"It felt good. I was shocked," Brady said. "I was thinking home right away."

"With Coby's speed, I was sending him all the way. Soon as I saw it hit the fence, no way they were getting him," said Halfway manager Mike Gooden.

Halfway struck first in the bottom of the second, when Bryse Showe reached on a walk and came around to score on two passed balls and an error.

Clear Spring retaliated quickly in the top of the third. Will Faith led off with a single and Donnie Schildtknecht walked. Collin Brucher eventually brought Faith home with a single to tie the game at 1-1. Hunter Mellott broke the tie with a double to score Schildtknecht and Brucher before Ben Abe followed with an RBI double for a 4-1 Clear Spring lead.


Halfway scored two in the third and Clear Spring countered with a run in the bottom of the inning to lead 5-3.

Halfway struck again in the fourth. J.P. Melby and John Bennett had back-to-back singles, but seemed doomed to be left on base after two strikeouts. Melby scored on a passed ball and Tre Davis tripled to score Bennett to tie the game at 5.

Davis scored on a passed ball to give Halfway a 6-5 lead.

Clear Spring came back using back-to-back singles and a fielder's choice grounder to tie the game at 6, leaving it up to Brady in the eighth.

"Credit has to be given to working as a team," Gooden said. "Kids battled and never gave up."

Halfway will host the West End-Hancock winner Monday. Clear Spring will play Valley today at 3 p.m.

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