South Mountain eliminates West End

July 09, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Brooks Keller threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts in South Mountain's 11-1 win over West End in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament on Saturday.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — South Mountain rebounded from an ugly first-round loss to oust West End 11-1 Saturday in a Maryland District 1 11-12 losers’ bracket game that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

“I was glad to see the players play with some confidence after our first game,” South Mountain manager Pete Rinehart said. “They did a good job today.”

South Mountain drew nine walks in the contest — including four with the bases loaded.

“We were hitting the ball well,” Rinehart said. “We also got a fair share of walks.”

Brooks Keller was the starting pitcher for South Mountain and went the distance for his club. He stymied the West End offense, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight while walking just two.

“Keller pitched a heck of a game today,” Rinehart said. “The defense also played great behind him.”

South Mountain had several opportunities to plate additional runs, but had runners thrown out at home three different times.

“We were trying to be aggressive on the bases,” Rinehart stated. “We wanted to put pressure on them, but they made some good plays.”

South Mountain scored the game-ending run on an error. It was West End’s second straight game that ended due to a mistake, having lost its first game to Valley on a passed ball.

“You have good days and bad days. Today was one of those bad days,” West End manager Mark Barton said. “I’m still proud of the team. They’re still all-stars.”

South Mountain opened the scoring when Keller scored on a wild pitch. West End tied it in the top of second when Cameron Davis hit a solo homer.

South Mountain took a 2-1 lead in the home side of the second when Brent Leone scored on an error.

South Mountain opened the gap in the third inning. It scored five runs — four on bases-loaded walks — to take a 7-1 adavantage.

“We’re still a young team and we’ll keep our heads up. We just had a bad game,” Barton said.

Logan Saunders and Travis Moats scored on an error in the fourth inning and Jared Tribett had an RBI single that gave South Mountain a 10-1 lead.

South Mountain will play at Halfway this afternoon at 2 in an elimination game.

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