Maugansville romps way to title

July 08, 2011|By TRUNG VU | Staff Correspondent
  • Maugansville's Stephen St. Clair (32) is congratulated by teammate Taylor Shank (5) after St. Clair scored Maugansville's sixth run in the bottom of the first inning Thursday in the district championship game.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE — Forrest Williamson pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts as Maugansville shut out Valley 18-0 on Thursday to win the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament title.

The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Maugansville’s bats were hot early, scoring six runs in the first, highlighted by Derek Herbert’s two-run homer to center field, followed by Tyler Shindle’s two-run double that scored Cory Staubs and Troy Carbaugh. Shindle then scored on a wild pitch after Stephen St. Clair singled to center. St. Clair advanced to second on an error, moved to third after Richie Montgomery singled to center and an error on the same play brought St. Clair home.

“They’re special kids,” Maugansville manager Rich Montgomery said. “They want to practice, they beg to leave lights on. They’re champions off the field. I’m proud of them.”

Maugansville continued its assault and added six more runs in the second for a 12-0 lead. After loading the bases, Carbaugh scored on a fielder’s choice to home, Shindle scored on a wild pitch, Ryan Barton and Trevor Shuck both scored on St. Clair’s RBI single, Montgomery scored on Herbert’s RBI single and Taylor Shank scored on a wild pitch.

Maugansville added two more runs in the third, when Marcus Scales ripped a two-run double down the third-base line to score Carbaugh and Shindle.

Maugansville plated four more runs in the fourth. Barton scored on a wild pitch, Carbaugh and Shindle both came home on an error, while Herbert scored on Shindle’s RBI single.

“I told them to keep hitting and the bats were hot tonight,” Montgomery said.

In the fifth, Williamson gave up a double, struck out the next batter, induced a pop-up and got another strikeout to end the game and keep the shutout.

“He’s a good kid, calm and cool-headed,” Montgomery said. “I asked him if he was ready to pitch and he said, ‘Don’t worry, Coach, got it covered,’” Montgomery said.

Valley tried to get something going in the fourth when Tyler Shubert doubled to center, sending Dillon Derning to third, but Williamson struck out the last two batters and induced a pop-up to right field to get out of the inning.

“They’re a good bunch of kids. It’s tough to battle back from the losers’ bracket,” Valley manager Rob Condo said. “We used up our pitching and couldn’t get leadoff batters on base. We stranded too many runners.”

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