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Maugansville advances to final

June 30, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Maugansville's Ryan Barton throws to first base after touching second to try to complete a double play as Valley's Adam Peters slides into the bag in the first inning Thursday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

CHEWSVILLE — Maugansville bookended the game with five-run innings against Valley and won 16-6 in a shortened six-inning game in the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament winners’ bracket final Thursday.

Taylor Shank hit a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth that ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

“These boys practice every night,” Maugansville manager Rich Montgomery said. “I try to give them days off, but they want to practice. They want to win.”

Tyler Shindle complemented Maugansville’s offense with a solid performance on the hill.

Shindle pitched a complete game — including three straight scoreless innings — giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking just three.

“(Shindle) pitched well, the hitters hit well,” Montgomery said. “I’m proud of these guys, on and off the field. I’m just happy to be apart of it all.”

Valley took the lead in the top of the first when Ryan Bolton hit a two-run homer. But Valley faced an uphill battle throughout the game, only having nine active players.

“Tough loss,” Valley manager Rob Condo said. “We have 11 players on the team, but we were missing two tonight.”

Valley gave up the lead in the bottom of the first as Maugansville put five runs on the board. Two runs scored on an error and Dylan Dopson, Trevor Shuck and Richie Montgomery each picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk, an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

Valley added a run an inning later off a Brian Tracey solo shot. It wouldn’t score again until the sixth.

“These kids tonight were fighters,” Condo said. “They played a talented team and tried to fight back.”

Maugansville added two runs in each the third and fourth innings before plating five in the sixth.

Shuck hit a two-run blast and Barton scored on a wild pitch before Shank’s game-ending two-run single.

Valley will host South Mountain in the losers’ bracket final Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Maugansville will host the winner of that game in the championship round July 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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