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Halfway falls to Brunswick

July 28, 2010
  • Halfway's Mikey Toms falls back to avoid a Brunswick pitch on Tuesday.
photo by Matthew Gunby, Salisbury Daily Times

SALISBURY, Md. -- Brunswick scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to give the Halfway 11-12 All-Stars their first loss, 5-1, in the Maryland Little League State Tournament winners' bracket final Tuesday night at West Salisbury Little League.

"We played as well as we could, just the hitting didn't come around, which I thought it would," Halfway manager Les Martin said. "Our defense was great. We didn't swing the bats well."

Halfway will face Berlin tonight at 5:30 in the losers' bracket final, with the winner advancing to Thursday's championship round against Brunswick.

Halfway defeated Berlin 5-0 in the winners' bracket semifinals on Sunday.

"They're a very good team. They wouldn't be here if not. Everybody here is a good team," Martin said. "You just gotta be up for the challenge each and every day. We're not out of it yet, we're still in it."

Brunswick hit three straight singles in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

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Halfway tied it in the bottom half when Bryce Ruppenthal walked, took second on Matt Malphurs' single, took third on Ryan Downes' fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch.

It stayed that way until the sixth, when Tyler Dadyak led off with a home run to give Brunswick the lead. Tommy McCarthy added an RBI single, and Brunswick used walks, errors and wild pitches to score two more runs.

"That was a very well-coached team," Martin said of Brunswick. "I knew it would be. I think their kids wanted it a little more. We didn't give up, just had one bad inning."

Halfway had a chance in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs on singles by Tanner Canfield, John Davies and Zach Andrews. A strikeout ended the game.

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