HALFWAY -- It wasn't played in Los Angeles and wasn't shown on national television. But it was a Home Run Derby -- the Halfway All-Stars version.
Halfway homered four times and piled on 19 runs to eliminate Clear Spring from the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament on Saturday, winning 19-7 in a five-inning contest.
Halfway slugger Brandon Gooden started the derby in the first inning with a grand slam -- his first of two home runs -- to put Halfway ahead 6-0.
"It was a full count, I got focused and swung," Gooden said.
Halfway had a monster fifth inning as Gooden, Matt Malphurs and Zach Andrews each homered.
Andrews went 4-for-4 and finished with five RBIs, three off his home run.
"I was 0-for-6 coming into the game and I turned it on today," Andrews said.
Clear Spring scored its first run in the second inning off a Collin Willhite single. Brady Rohrer scored two more runs for Clear Spring in the third with a single, cutting Halfway's lead to three.