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Clear Spring falls in finale

August 06, 2010

CRANSTON, R.I. -- The Clear Spring 9-10 All-Stars closed out their experience at the Little League Eastern Regional Invitational with a 16-10 loss to Pennsylvania state champion Warwick in Mid-Atlantic pool play Thursday.

Clear Spring, the Maryland state champion, finished 0-4 at the Eastern Regional after a 9-0 run through the District 1 and Maryland state tournaments.

"It was a great experience. I think the kids will take a lot out of this, and I think it will definitely make them better players," Clear Spring manager Pete Lazich said. "We brought ourselves to a pretty high level for 9-10, but we found out there is another level ahead of us. We're not far away from them, we were in the games, and a couple breaks here and there and we're in the tournament.

"We had a lot of support from the Clear Spring community and people in general. It was a very positive experience, and the kids will never forget it, I can promise that."

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Clear Spring trailed Pennsylvania (2-2) 4-1 after the first inning but took the lead with a six-run second. Pennsylvania rallied for four runs in the third and never trailed again.

Clear Spring made it close with three runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 11-10, but Pennsylvania closed the game with a five-run sixth.

Josh Colliflower had three hits and three RBIs to lead Clear Spring's offense, which got on track after being shut out in two of its first three games.

"It was nice to see some hits and some runs on the board," Lazich said.

Zach Greenlee had two hits, Conner Michael hit an RBI double and Ajay Yost and Dylan Altman each hit an RBI single for Clear Spring.

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