Valley gets by West End in 8 innings

July 07, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE — Ryan Kolich scored the game-winning run Thursday night in the bottom of the eighth inning on a passed ball to give Valley a 6-5 victory over West End in the second round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.

Kolich singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and was sent to third on a Ryan Bywaters double before crossing home plate to end the game.

“This was a great game,” Valley mananger Mike Mathias said. “You never know what’s going to happen in a Little League game.”

Both Valley and West End had stints with the lead before the game was deadlocked at five until the eighth inning.

West End starting pitcher Zack Martin nearly went the distance for his team. He turned in 7 1/3 innings giving up five runs — four earned — on six hits with five strikeouts and only one walk. He was relieved in the bottom of the eighth inning after reaching the 85-pitch limit.

“Martin did a great job for us tonight,” West End manager Mark Barton said. “I think he pitched the best game of his life.”

Bywaters came in as a reliever for Valley and ended up pitching most of the game. He tossed five complete innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five.

“Bywaters did a heck of a job tonight for us,” Mathias said.

Valley took the lead in the first inning when Kolich hit a solo homer.

Martin reached on an error for West End in the third inning and Dereck Hughes reached on a fielder’s choice before Jordan Washington came to the plate and lasered a three-run homer that gave West End a 3-1 lead.

Valley regained the lead in the bottom of the same inning. Bryce Scharenbroch hit a two-run double to tie the game. Bywaters had an RBI single and then later scored on an error to give Valley a 5-3 lead.

West End tied the game when Tyler King and Washington each had RBI singles in the fourth inning.

West End had opportunities to take the lead for good throughout the game but stranded 12 baserunners and went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

“It was a good game. The kids played their hearts out. I’m proud of all 12 players,” Barton said.

Valley will host Federal Saturday at 5 p.m. West End will play at South Mountain in an elimination game tonight at 6.

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