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Win is Golden for Clear Spring

July 07, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- The Clear Spring 11-12 All-Stars proved Yogi Berra right Tuesday night.

It wasn't over until it was over.

With Spencer Schultz standing on second, Clear Spring's Greg Golden laced an Alex Wetzel fastball to right-center and just under the right fielder's glove, scoring Schultz and capping Clear Spring's 9-8 comeback victory over Sharpsburg in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament.

Golden's only RBI of the game was the biggest one, pushing Schultz over the plate for his third run of the game. But it was nothing new for the Clear Spring tandem.

"It feels great. It's not the first time for Greg and I, but it's the best one, because it sealed the comeback," said Schultz.

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"It's the best comeback we've ever had, knowing it came in the tournament," added Golden.

Down 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Travis Capezuto worked a walk from Sharpsburg reliever Matt Harsh. Wetzel came on to pitch to Brady Rohrer, who reached and went all the way to third on a Sharpsburg error that scored pinch runner Colton Aaron. Rohrer then sprinted home on a wild pitch to knot the score at 8-8.

"I told them that we played a good game and we never gave up," said Clear Spring coach Jason Willhite. "We just knew we had to keep fighting until the end."

Sharpsburg's offense came in bunches, with three innings of two runs or more. Coach Ronnie Stewart's concern, however, is defense, as three errors led to three Clear Spring runs.

Harsh hit a two-run homer for Sharpsburg.

"We just didn't make the defensive plays," said Stewart. "I honestly think we have a better team than what was shown out there tonight. Now we've just got to win it the hard way."

Clear Spring plays host to Conococheague today at 6 p.m. in the winners' bracket quarterfinals.

Sharpsburg will host the Maugansville-Halfway loser on Thursday.

Editor's note: This story was edited Wednesday, July 7, to correct coach Jason Wilhite's team affiliation.

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