Halfway breaks through, eliminates Hancock

June 27, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — The Halfway 10-11 All-Stars broke through after a series of missed opportunities to eliminate Hancock from the Maryland District 1 Tournament 5-1 on Monday.

Halfway will travel to play Clear Spring on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the losers’ bracket final. The winner will play at Valley on Friday.

Two walks and a single loaded the bases in the first inning for Halfway pitcher Bret Artz, who hit a hard grounder up the middle that led to a two-run error for a 2-0 lead.

On the mound, Artz held Hancock at bay. In 3 2/3 innings, he allowed only two hits and one run while striking out six.

“My fastball was going good,” Artz said.

Hancock scored its only run of the game in the third. Mitchell Potter was hit by a pitch before Tyler Unger singled. Potter took third on a passed ball and scored on a dropped ball at home on a fielder’s choice.

From there, both teams just couldn’t get their runners home.

Halfway loaded the bases in the fourth on a single and two walks, but Hancock pitcher Cody Childers struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.

In the bottom half, Hancock’s Timmy Robison hit a leadoff single. Artz struck out the next two hitters, and a sharp liner to third was caught to end the inning.

Hancock looked set to strike back and take the lead in the fifth. An error allowed Potter to reach first, and a walk to Unger put two on with no outs. A grounder to the short led Potter to being thrown out at third, and two strikeouts ended Hancock’s final surge.

Halfway put the game away in the sixth.

Noah Likley drew a leadoff walk before the next two batters went down on strikes. Riley Wolfensberger was hit by a pitch and Gavin Thompson hit a single to center to load the bases one more time.

Camryn Keller followed with a single to center to score Likley, before Hartman walked to force in Wolfensberger. Another passed ball brought in Thompson with the final run.

“We left too many on base today,” Halfway manager Troy Keller said, “But our two and three hitters came through in the clutch at the end, and Artz just pitched great.”

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