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Maugansville's bats erupt in Senior win

July 29, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- Six players had at least two hits as Maugansville rolled to a 9-2 lead before holding on for a 9-7 victory over Waldorf on Wednesday in the Maryland Senior League State Tournament losers' bracket at J. Walter Park.

"We're very confident in our hitting," Maugansville manager Dan Dopson said. "We came into this game confident we could hit these guys. The kids were feeling good about it because we'd already beat these guys once (8-4 in the first round)."

Maugansville will play the Talbot/Elkton loser tonight at 7 in the losers' bracket final. The winner will play in the championship round on Friday needing to defeat the Talbot/Elkton winner twice to win the state title.

"We're having a ball," Dopson said. "We hope to get (to the championship round). We want to win it. We're having to be very creative with our pitching at this point. All the kids are very positive about things, and that helps to go in with a positive attitude."

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Waldorf took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a hit, a walk, an error and an RBI fielder's choice.

Maugansville's bats started taking control in the second. Nathan Murray's single and Dylan Dopson's walk set up Troy Carbaugh's two-run single to tie the game.

A four-run rally in the fourth gave Maugansville a 6-2 lead. Colby Waugh led off with a double, Ryan Barton hit an RBI double and Alijah Benson hit an RBI single. Benson stole second and third, and Sergio Galvan walked to set up a two-run single by C.J. Owings.

Waugh singled and Carbaugh walked before Barton's two-run single in the fifth for an 8-2 lead. Maugansville made it 9-2 in the sixth on Murray's single, an error and Carbaugh's RBI single

Waldorf scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and cut the lead to two with a run off Dopson in the seventh. Dopson got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out the final two hitters.

Carbaugh pitched the first six innings and struck out eight for Maugansville. Benson, Owings, Murray, Waugh, Carbaugh and Barton each had two hits.

"Carbaugh had pitched two one-inning stints down here, but he gave us life," Dan Dopson said.

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