CRANSTON, R.I. -- New York state champion Commack South shut out Maryland state champion Clear Spring 5-0 on Wednesday, giving New York a spot in the Little Lague 9-10 Eastern Regional Invitational semifinals while eliminating Clear Spring from contention.
"We only had two hits. We just didn't hit the ball out of the infield," Clear Spring manager Pete Lazich said. "We just couldn't drive the ball, everything was on the infield and they were making the defensive outs. Two hits isn't going to win many games."
Josh Colliflower pitched three scoreless innings before New York (3-1) scored three runs -- two unearned -- in the fourth and added two runs in the fifth. Colliflower went the distance, allowing 10 hits in all for Clear Spring (0-3).
"Our ptching has kept us in every game. We just haven't come through with our bats," Lazich said. "Colliflower did exactly what we needed him to do. Those two unearned runs hurt us. We're just not hitting."