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Valley makes Junior final

July 10, 2010|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE -- Sweltering heat and impending darkness did little to stop the offensive surge from the Valley Junior All-Stars.

Valley scored 11 runs off nine hits to beat Maugansville 11-3 in the Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament on Friday, earning a spot in the championship game tonight.

Valley wasted no time getting started as Quentin Zimmerman led off the game with a single to right and later scored on a Brandon Butrick sacrifice fly.

Valley struck again in the top half of the second. Bryan Tracy drew a leadoff walk and scored after two Maugansville errors. Steve Clapper drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Dillon Durning, making it 3-0 with only one out. Back-to-back walks set up a Butrick single that made it 5-0.

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Maugansville got one run back in the second on a bases-loaded walk, but Valley answered with four in the top of the third. Anthony Morton kicked things off with a single and came home on an RBI double by Tracy.

Another set of back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Zimmerman, who drove the first pitch he saw back into the fence in right field, clearing the bases and increasing the lead to 9-1. Zimmerman was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple, but the damage was certainly done.

The home half of the third played out almost exactly as the second did for Maugansville. A leadoff strikeout preceded four consecutive walks that plated another run, making it 9-2. But Maugansville again left the bases loaded and stranded 10 runners on base in the game, including six in scoring position.

Dalton Condo hit a solo homer in the fourth for Valley, which used five pitchers in seven innings to get the job done.

"It was all part of the plan," manager Doug Butrick said. "We had to win two and we pitched by committee to get the first one."

Valley will play at Conococheague tonight at 5:30 in the championship round and must win to force a final game on its home field.

"The boys are excited. They were devastated by our previous loss, but they came back," Butrick said.

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