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Plenty of heroes in Halfway's amazing comeback win over Berlin

July 30, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SALISBURY, Md. -- A few seconds after John Davies finished the final part of Halfway's Houdini act Wednesday night, he wondered if he'd need to pull another one.

"I got mobbed at home plate and I started to wonder if I'd ever get out from under there," Davies said.

That's what happens when you hit a walk-off grand slam to cap an eight-run sixth-inning rally and give your team a new lease on life.

Down 8-1 to Berlin in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland 11-12 Little League State Tournament, Halfway came all the way back to earn an improbable 13-9 victory and reach the championship round against Brunswick.

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Davies' heroics capped the comeback.

"It was a low pitch down in the zone," Davies said. "I just put a charge in it. It was over the fence before I reached first base.

"I hit a walk-off (home run) during the season, so I knew what it felt like, but this was better with it being All-Stars."

"It was just very exciting," said Ryan Downes, whose two-run homer in the sixth cut Berlin's lead to one at 9-8. "We were all sitting on the bench at first thinking it'd be our last game, but everyone came through. People were crying and yelling from the excitement."

It was a comeback the whole team had a hand in. Matt Malphurs homered to help Halfway cut the lead to 9-5 entering the sixth.

"Everyone on our team can hit, it's not just a couple key players," Malphurs said. "It's great to see a kid come off the bench and hit a walk-off grand slam, it shows any kid can step up at any time."

Austin Sigler hit a game-tying single before Davies' walk-off.

"I felt good because I tied the game up and I knew we had a chance," Sigler said. "We never give up no matter what, we keep playing and try our hardest."

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