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Valley gets a win with little stress

July 04, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- Valley 10-11 All-Stars manager Frank Bywaters stresses three things to his team: Making routine defensive plays, putting the ball in play and throwing strikes.

Valley did all three on Saturday against Clear Spring in a four-inning 11-0 win in the Maryland District 1 10-11 Little League Tournament.

Valley will travel to West End for a losers' bracket game on Monday at 6 p.m.

Valley starting pitcher Jerad Durning pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while striking out five.

"I wanted to keep going," Durning said. "But I got taken out so I can pitch on Monday."

Valley scored three runs in the first inning on one swing. A two-out single by Durning and Ryan Kolich's double led to Bryce Scharenbroch's three-run homer. Jeremy Dunkin's two-run single made it 5-0 in the second.

"We have a potentially good hitting team," said Bywaters. "We bunched our hits together well today."

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Valley pushed its lead to 8-0 in the third. Trevor Hatcher belted a two-run blast and Graham Morrison's bloop single plated another run.

The fourth inning proved no different for Valley as it scored three more runs. Durning hit a two-run homer and Scharenbroch connected on an RBI single.

Collin Bucher and Cole Breakall had the only two hits for Clear Spring, which was eliminated.

"Their pitcher pitched well and we didn't hit well," Clear Spring manager Larry Kees said. "It's hard to take their base hits away from them."

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