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Valley crowned 10-11 champs

July 01, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Valley catcher Matt Dunn reaches for the throw as Clear Spring's Zach Greenlee scores during Friday's Maryland District 1 10-11 Tournament championship game at Valley.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CHEWSVILLE — Brett Baile hit a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning as Valley claimed the Maryland District 1 10-11 Tournament championship with a 4-3 victory over Clear Spring.

Ryan Dugan walked, Chase Molony laid down a bunt single and Mark Moholt walked to load the bases for Baile.

“I was very nervous, but had confidence,” Baile said. “I knew I could get the game-winning hit.”

Baile ripped a line drive off the mound before it bounced into the outfield. The Valley reserves cleared the bench and piled on Baile along the third-base line in celebration.

Valley manager Danny Barnes chest-bumped each of his players — knocking a couple of them over — then joined them in a victory lap after they received the district championship banner.

“These are great kids,” Barnes said. “There are no superstars on the team, they’re all teammates and they play together every game. ... I knew the kids would pull it out.”

Valley will next play in the state tournament at Brunswick, Md., beginning July 16.

Both Valley and Clear Spring had opportunities to blow the game open, but both teams failed to do so.

Clear Spring had a bases-loaded situation with one outin the first inning. Cory Sensenbaugh grounded into a fielder’s choice with a force play at the plate, and Dylan Altman tried to score on the same play but also was thrown out at home.

“We had chances but we couldn’t take advantage of them,” Clear Spring manager Rob Embly said. “I’m proud of the kids, though. They fought hard and I can’t be upset about it. Congratulations to Valley.”

Valley had the bases loaded in the third inning with no outs and the score tied at 2, but Clear Spring pitcher Zach Hill kept his composure and struck out the next three hitters.

“Hill threw a great game tonight,” Embly said.

Despite taking the loss, Hill had a quality outing. He pitched five innings and gave up four runs on three hits while fanning six and walking five.

Clear Spring had another bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the sixth with the score tied at 3, but also failed to drive anyone home. Valley pitcher Mark Maholt struck out the next two batters, then induced a groundout to the short to end the inning.

“I went in the dugout and asked the kids who they wanted out there, and they all wanted Maholt,” Barnes said.

Clear Spring drew first blood in the top of the first when Zach Greenlee scored on a fielder’s choice to take a 1-0 lead.

Valley took the lead in the home side of the inning. Austin Moser doubled home Maholt, and Gavin Shubert scored Moser with an RBI single to take a 2-1 lead.

Greenlee tied the game in the second inning with an RBI double.

Valley reclaimed the lead in the fourth when Ryan Dugan came home on Maholt’s RBI groundout to short.

Clear Spring tied it at 3 when Hill scored on a wild pitch.

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