Clear Spring remains undefeated

July 20, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO -- Clear Spring's bats started cold, but finally heated up at the right time against West Salisbury in Monday's Maryland 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Clear Spring only managed one hit in the first two innings and still finished with 10 hits on its way to a 15-8 victory to win the winners' bracket title.

Clear Spring will play Thursday evening at 6 in the championship round against either Denton, Northwest Washington or West Salisbury.

Jaret Lazich led Clear Spring by going 3-for-4, including a double, with two RBIs. Conner Michael and Zack Greenlee added two RBIs.

Clear Spring drew first blood in the top of the first inning when Lazich scored on a wild pitch.

West Salisbury took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Grason Winterbottom's double scored two runs and Timmy Kerrigan drove in a run on a base hit. Malike Johnson scored the fourth run on an error.


Clear Spring came alive with six runs in the third. Michael had a two-run single, while Greenlee added an RBI double before eventually stealing home. Alex Kehr drove in a run with a single and Joe Micco scored on a wild pitch to cap the rally.

West Salisbury answered with a run in the third when Johnson scored on a fielder's choice.

Clear Spring continued to heat up with a seven-run fourth. Four runs scored on bases-loaded walks while Ajay Yost, Tyler Hill and Lazich provided RBI singles to give Clear Spring a 14-6 lead.

West Salisbury got two runs back in the fifth on RBI singles by Cade Hurley and Winterbottom.

Lazich scored in the sixth for Clear Spring while a teammate was in a rundown to cap the scoring.

West Salisbury will play the winner of tonight's Denton-Northwest Washington game on Wednesday evening at 6.

Denton ousted Brunswick 5-2 in Monday's opener.

Josh Laidley went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Denton. Aaron Fitzwater drove in both runs for Brunswick on a fielder's choice.

Northwest Washington eliminated Hughesville in an 11-2 win.

Ty Love-Baker led Northwest Washington by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored. Henry Furlong hit a home run.

Vincent Harper paced Hughesville with two hits.

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