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American can't answer Maugansville's big innings

July 07, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • Maugansville catcher Jordan Davis prepares to make the tag on American's Marqui Hoffman (2) in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournment game at American.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

Two big innings carried Maugansville past American 18-7 in five innings on Tuesday night in the first round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament at American.

Maugansville scored five runs in the top of the first to take control early, then ended all suspense with a nine-run fifth. Six of Maugansville's 11 players had at least one hit and nine scored at least one run. Maugansville also took advantage of eight American errors in the first four innings.

"It was a team effort today," Maugansville manager Brad O'Connor said. "The bats came alive with a couple home runs late."

Maugansville will host Halfway in the winners' bracket quarterfinals tonight at 6.

"Halfway is always a good team, but our kids have a little more confidence leaving this field tonight, so hopefully it will be a good game," O'Connor said.

American will host the winner of tonight's losers' bracket game between Conococheague and Sharpsburg on Thursday night at 6.

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"We woke up in the third inning but it was kind of too late," American manager Eric Stubbs said. "We got off to a slow start, but we like to finish hard. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's a bad thing."

Jordan Davis hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run in the first inning for Maugansville. Two runs scored on an error and two others scored on wild pitches.

Ethan Spicher hit an RBI double in Maugansville's two-run second inning for a 7-0 lead with the other run scoring on an error. Another error in the third led to Patrick O'Connor's RBI single for an 8-0 lead.

Maugansville pitcher Kenny Daniels retired the first eight batters he faced before Malik Adams homered with two out in the bottom of the third to make it 8-1. Daniels pitched four innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and three walks while striking out four. He threw 66 pitches.

"Kenny did a fantastic job. He kept them off base early, and that's a good team over there," Brad O'Connor said. "They made some mistakes and we took advantage of them."

Maugansville made it 9-1 in the fourth when Logan Kauffman doubled and later scored on Tyler George's RBI groundout. American cut the lead to 9-4 in the bottom half on Marqui Hoffman's two-run double and Tyler Barnhart's squeeze bunt.

Maugansville made it 18-4 in the top of the fifth on six hits. The big blows were an RBI single by Spicher, two-run singles by Kauffman and Daniels, George's two-run homer and Matthew Shipley's solo shot.

Hoffman had an RBI double and Adams added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth for American. Elijah Stubbs singled and stole second, third and home for American's other run.

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