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Valley puts together impressive showing

July 07, 2010|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- Baseball is a game of manufacturing. A few hits can turn into a few runs, and a few runs can turn into a win.

That's exactly what the Valley All-Stars did Tuesday, as they produced 19 runs off 14 hits in a 19-0 four-inning win over Hancock in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland District 1 10-11 Little League Tournament.

Valley plays at Halfway tonight at 6 in the championship round.

It all began in the second inning. After a quick and scoreless first for both sides, Valley turned on the production gears. A lead-off single by Bryce Sharenbroch led to a follow-up triple by Ryan Bywaters that struck the first blow of the game. An error plated him right after.

The bases were loaded just three batters later, and Jeremy Dunkin singled to drive in two and give Valley a 4-0 lead with no outs.

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The third walk of the inning loaded the bases, and a single by Ryan Kolich drove in another two, making it 6-0. Scharenbroch, in his second at-bat of the inning, drilled the ball over the left-field fence to make it 9-0.

Valley's third inning just about mirrored the second. Seven runs off five hits, including two big home runs, highlighted the inning.

Mikaylah Murray led off with a monster shot into the left-field parking lot that made it 10-0 Valley.

"It was a good pitch. Slower than we're used to," Murray said, "I watched it all the way. No idea it was going out."

A double and an error put runners on second and third, and a single by Jerod Durning brought both home for a 12-0 lead. With one out, Scharenbroch stepped up to the plate again, and mimicked his second inning homer, bringing the lead to 14-0.

"They were both the same pitch. I watched the first one, but I knew the second one was gone, so I just started jogging," said Scharenbroch.

Hancock did not manage a single hit and had only five base runners reach, none of whom made it past second base. Four Valley pitchers combined for four innings of shutout work that included six strikeouts.

"We're proud of the pitchers going in and throwing strikes. They challenged Hancock," Valley manager Frank Bywaters said, "A different pitcher each inning kept us fresh for Halfway."

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