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Shipley settles in as Maugansville's offense rolls

July 09, 2010|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG -- It took Maugansville's Matt Shipley an inning to settle in on the mound Thursday, but settle in he did.

After giving up three runs on three hits and throwing 33 pitches in the first, Shipley rebounded to strike out eight and allowed just one more hit to go the distance in Maugansville's 15-3 victory over Sharpsburg in a Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament losers' bracket game.

Maugansville hosts South Mountain at home tonight at 6.

"Shipley pitched an outstanding game," Maugansville manager Brad O'Connor said, "There are no real opportunities for complete games in Little League, but Shipley kept the hitters at bay."

Sharpsburg dealt the first blow, scoring three runs on an error and three straight singles. That would be all Shipley would allow.

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He quickly set down the next five batters on strikes before giving up the only additional Sharpsburg hit, a single in the third. He then retired nine straight, including another four strikeouts.

"First inning, just kept throwing fastballs up the middle," Shipley said, "But after that, I just mixed up my pitches. They couldn't hit my curve."

Offensively, Maugansville was a force of nature.

A four-run second inning was highlighted by a solo home run by Joey Fisher and another two-run bomb by Tyler George for a 4-3 lead.

A scary defensive moment helped Maugansville plate another run. Sharpsburg pitcher Kyle Webber collided with catcher Dakota Smith on a pop-up by Jordan Davis. Both went down hard, and Davis managed to trek all the way around to third. An error scored him immediately after.

Webber left the game, but did return in the fifth.

Two consecutive singles and another Sharpsburg error put Maugansville up 6-3 in the fourth. Shipley helped his own cause with an RBI single that brought Davis home.

After a passed ball made it 7-3, Reid Wallech made it 8-3 with a sacrifice fly. Fisher reached first on a walk, his first of three on the night, and was brought home by Ethan Spicher's RBI single.

Maugansville didn't score again until the fifth. Fisher walked again before scoring on a passed ball, and an RBI double by Kenny Daniels made it 11-3. Four more runs scored on two more hits and two more errors.

"The whole team helped. They were great," Shipley said.

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