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Schultz blasts a walk-off

July 09, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

Clear Spring shortstop Spencer Schultz led off the bottom of the sixth inning by launching a fastball over the fence to center for a 6-5 victory over American in a Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament losers' bracket game at American on Thursday.

"It feels really good getting that home run," said Schultz, who went 3-for-4 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. "It reminds us that we can get to the next night, even though tonight wasn't the best game."

Clear Spring will host Hancock tonight at 6 in another elimination game.

Thursday may not have been the best game for Clear Spring, but it was a good game to watch, as both Clear Spring and American scratched and clawed to try to claim victory.

"We knew we were making mental mistakes in the field, so we had to play better down the stretch to get a win," said Clear Spring manager Jason Willhite.

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American struck first on Jacob Wise's two-run single in the first inning, scoring Quiezhan Gantt and Elijah Stubbs. Wise went 3-for-3 and pitched a complete game, walking one and striking out three.

"It was do-or-die time, and I was just giving it 100 percent," said Wise.

Curtis Zellers' two-run home run in the second inning tied the game at 2, and Jared Barnes made it 3-2 in the third with an RBI single for Clear Spring.

Stubbs smacked a two-run homer in the top of the fifth after Josh Main's RBI groundout to put American back up, 5-3.

Clear Spring knotted it up again in the bottom half with an RBI single by Zellers and a fielder's choice RBI by pitcher Tim Stoner, who stuck out four over five innings.

Despite the loss, American coach Eric Stubbs realized the growth in the discipline of his team.

"This team was the turnaround for American Little League," said Stubbs. "They were proud of themselves even in a loss. It's a huge step towards a better future."

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