Halfway tops American

July 09, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Halfway stayed alive in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament on Saturday by defeating American 14-8 at Brandenburg Field.

“Our bats got heated,” Halfway manager Mike Gooden said. “It seems like when we have our backs against the wall, we seem to play with a sense of urgency.”

Halfway got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by Donnie Travis’ two-run homer to left.

American evened the score with three runs in the top of the second on a solo homer by Alex Myers and a two-run shot by Stevie Drury.

Halfway went on top for good in the second, scoring four runs to build a 7-3 lead. Halfway got its four runs on a sacrifice fly by Harrison Barger, a throwing error, a wild pitch and an RBI single by Travis.

Halfway added five more runs in the third to put the game out of reach. Grant Adams led off with a single and Blake Gooden followed with a two-run homer. Ryan Downes drove in Barger and Bryce Ruppenthal with a homer later in the frame.

In the American fourth, Myers drew a leadoff walk and Kny Hawkins doubled to right. Quiezhee Gantt drove in both runners with a single to center.

Ben Higgins added a two-run homer for American.

“All of these kids on this team have hearts of champions,” Gooden said. “All of these kids are returnees from last year’s 11-12 team and 10-11 teams that both went to states. They know what it takes to win.”

Halfway hosts South Mountain in a losers’ bracket game today at 2 p.m.

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