Valley juniors win district

July 06, 2011|By TRUNG VU | Staff Correspondent
  • Valley's Josh Bloyer, right, hugs teammate Kyle Bywaters after Valley tied the score at 6 in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament championship game. Bywaters scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Valley won the district title.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

CHEWSVILLE — Chris Hutzell’s sacrifice fly scored Kyle Bywaters with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday as Valley rallied for a 7-6 in over Maugansville to claim the District 1 Junior Tournament championship.

Bywaters started the rally with a single up the middle. Alec Hejduk hit a shot that went off pitcher Cody Reeder’s glove and reached safely on a throwing error by Reeder that moved Bywaters to third. After relief pitcher Kenny Daniels intentionally walked Jake Barr to load the bases, Hutzell delivered the game-winning RBI.

“We showed character by hanging in there. We never gave up and didn’t get down on each other,” Valley manager Jeff Bowers said. “I told them to keep at it and just keep batting.”

Maugansville struck early and took a 3-0 advantage in the second. Aaron Dopson scored on Nathan Patey’s RBI double. Patey then scored on Alec Barnhart’s RBI single before Joe Forti came on in relief of Valley starter Hejduk. Forti gave up another run before working out of the inning.

Maugansville scored two more runs in the third when Patey scored on Clemmer’s two-out RBI single and Kyle Moir followed him home on an error.

Valley finally broke through in the third when Forti reached on an infield single, stole second, reached third on Andrew Bowers’ single and eventually came home on an error.

Reeder managed to get out of the inning with a great diving catch by Moir in center field and a ground out.

In the fourth, Valley scored two more runs to cut the lead to 5-3. Forti’s single plated pinch runner Steve Clapper and a throwing error on the same play allowed Justin Bertrand to score.

Valley scored another run in the fifth when Andrew Bowers came home on Barr’s RBI single closing the gap to 5-4.

Maugansville got its last run in the sixth when Jamie Clark scored on a fielder’s choice.

“The kids played with their hearts. They layed hard all week but came up short,” Maugansville manager Noel Medina said. “The last inning (Valley) kept chipping away.”

Valley tied the game in the sixth. Forti had another RBI that scored Bloyer and Clapper scored on a fielder’s choice to first.

In the seventh, Forti struck out Dopson and induced two popouts to get out of the inning. Forti pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief allowing only two runs with five strikeouts to pick up the win for Valley.

“Joe pitched great for us.” said Bowers. “There were so many good plays on both sides. It was a well played game on both sides.”

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