Two big innings push Halfway past Hancock in 10-11 tourney

July 06, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent


Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY -- Halfway manager Mike Gooden told his players prior to Monday's Maryland District 1 Little League 10-11 Tournament game that they needed to hit.

Gooden's team didn't disappoint, collecting 12 hits en route to a 20-9 four-inning victory over Hancock in the winners' bracket final at Marty Snook Park.

"It was a tremendous team effort," said Gooden. "I'm proud to be the manager here. We have a great group of kids."


It didn't take long for Halfway's offense to establish itself. Harrison Barger singled home Blake Gooden in the first inning, the first of nine Halfway runs in the frame. Bryse Showe, J.P. Melby, Mike McCook and Gooden each had an RBI, while Hancock helped with three wild pitches and an error.

Hancock rallied for four runs in the top of the third. Kyle Smith drove in a run on a groundout and Cameron Castle added an RBI single before Ean Mann smacked a two-run homer to left field.

Halfway roared back in the bottom of the inning with 11 runs. Barger and Showe had two RBIs each, while Coby Brady, Gavin Thompson and Donnie Travis each drove in a run. Hancock again hurt itself with three runs scoring on errors and another on a wild pitch.

Hancock was down 20-4 heading into the fourth and needed six runs to keep the 10-run rule from taking effect, but could only manage five. Two runs scored on wild pitches, two more scored on bases-loaded walks, and the fifth run scored a fielding error.

"Our goal was to be competitive, and we weren't today," Hancock manager Tony Kerns said.

Halfway will host the winner of today's Valley-Hancock game in the championship round on Wednesday. If Halfway loses Wednesday, a final game would be played on Thursday.

"I hope we can pull it off," said Gooden.

Valley 11, West End 1

The Valley All-Stars hit four home runs and had three pitchers combine on a two-hitter to eliminate West End from the District 1 Tournament.

West End beat Valley 6-5 in the opening round of the tournament.

Ryan Kolich hit two home runs and drove in three to lead Valley. Bryce Scharenbroch and Trevor Hatcher also homered.

Scharenbroch and Jared Durning each had two hits and Hatcher, Scharenbroch and Ryan Bywaters each had two RBIs.

Kolich, Scharenbroch and Durning combined to strike out six for Valley, which travels to Hancock for the losers' bracket final today at 6 p.m.

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