Valley's 10-11 All-Stars impress

Elkton buried by 12-run first-inning onslaught at states

July 16, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — Valley Little League opened the 2011 Maryland 10-11 State Tournament with a statement win on Saturday.

Valley used a 12-run first inning to grab a commanding lead and went on to blank Elkton 16-0 in a 3 1/2-inning game stopped by the 10-run rule.

“I’ve said this before: There’s a bunch of great kids on this team,” Valley manager Danny Barnes said. “There’s no number one here, all these kids are players.”

Six Valley players drove in multiple runs, while four different pitchers — none needing more than 20 pitches — recorded at least one strikeout each.

“It’s a week-long tournament, so I wanted to use a pitching-by-committee approach to save their arms,” Barnes said.

Things couldn’t have gone any worse for Elkton in the first inning. Valley’s leadoff hitter, Mark Moholt, was hit by a pitch. Elkton issued five walks after that, and Valley sent 15 hitters to the plate as 10 of the 12 Valley runs scored with two outs.

Gavin Shubert got the rout started with an RBI single. Vinnie Steiner walked with the bases loaded and Matt Dunn hit a two-run single for a 4-0 advantage.

Moholt walked with the bases loaded in his second trip to the plate, and Brett Baile plated two more runs with a double to put Valley up by seven. A two-run single by Austin Moser made itd 9-0 before Valley capped its inning with a three-run home run by Shubert.

“We were mentally and physically drained today,” Elkton manager Steve Walklett said. “We had a doubleheader last night, but the kids came out today and gave everything they had.”

Valley added three more runs in the second. Moholt and Baile hit RBI singles and Eyler added an RBI double to make it 15-0.

Valley hit .522 in the game, while the pitching staff only allowed three Elkton hits and struck out seven.

Valley will play Waldorf — a 4-0 winner over South Maryland — today at 5 p.m.

“We’re going to try and come out with the same discipline,” Barnes said. “We want to do the same thing tomorrow like we did today.”

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