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Sharpsburg wins district title

July 05, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Sharpsburg's Aaron Hartle, left, makes the play as Valley's Chase Miller is out at first base Tuesday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — The Sharpsburg 9-10 All-Stars erupted for 11 runs in the top of the first inning and that is all they would need, outlasting Valley 11-9 to win the Maryland District 1 championship and earn a trip to the state tournament, which will be held at Brunswick Little League July 16-22.

“It was a great game and a great win for us,” said Sharpsburg manager Steve Mason. “Valley never stopped and you can’t take that away from those kids.”

In the top of the first, Peyton Mason singled with the bases loaded to score Dalton Shank and T.J. Kalagher, who both walked. An error then allowed Ben Burgan to score to put Sharpsburg up 3-0. Jon Grimm walked to reload the bases, and Josh DeRocher hit a two-run single, scoring Peyton Mason and Aaron Hartle. Brandon Porter followed with a two-run double to stretch Sharpsburg’s lead to 7-0. Peyton Mason then hit a grand slam, plating Porter, Shank, and Kalagher, and giving him a game-high six RBIs.

“Peyton’s grand slam was huge, what a way to cap the inning,” said Steve Mason. “And thank God we had that inning, because our bats fell silent after that.”

“I told (my players) that it was only the first inning, we still had a lot of game to play,” said Valley manager Jeff Parks.

Valley got two runs back in the second on RBI groundouts by Cody Bollinger and Cole Reed. Valley loaded the bases in the third with no outs, but a strikeout and a double play ended the threat.

“If we could have done something with that third inning, the game may have ended up in our favor, but we never stopped playing nonetheless,” said Parks.

Valley scored four in the fourth on a two-run single by Brendon Kemp and a two-run homer by Chris Martin to cut the deficit to 11-6. Valley kept the offense rolling in the sixth as Martin hit his second homer, a three-run blast that got Valley within two. However, a strikeout and a fielder’s choice groundout preserved the win for Sharpsburg.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of in this game. I feel we’re as good as they are,” said Parks. “Martin had two home runs and we gave ourselves chances, but unfortunately there’s got to be a winner and loser.  All in all, we made Valley Little League proud this season.” 

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