Valley puts Waldorf in a corner

July 17, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — The Valley 10-11 All-Stars made it look easy, but it was anything but.

Valley jumped out to a 10-0 lead with a huge first inning on Sunday in the Maryland State Tournament winners’ bracket semifinal. Waldorf, however, didn’t go down without a fight as it pushed back before falling 15-11.

Valley sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning, aided largely by Waldorf’s shaky defense. Valley used eight errors to go with Austin Moser’s two-run home run and Mark Moholt’s two-RBI double to build the 10-0 advantage.

Valley made it 11-0 in the bottom of the second as Ryan Dunegan scored on a passed ball.

Waldorf avoided losing by the mercy rule in the third when its offense came alive. Waldorf got on the scoreboard when Nick Blanton scored on a passed ball and Austin Burgess crossed the plate on an error. David Hayes added an RBI single and DeShaun Ruiz had a two-run single to cut the deficit to 11-5.

“The game can sometimes get boring when you’re up by 11 runs,” said Valley manager Danny Barnes. “I think the game may have gotten boring for us in that third inning. We allowed some hits and our defense didn’t play as well as it could have.”

Waldorf manufactured another run in the fourth but Valley matched it with Gavin Shubert’s home run. Valley added three runs in the fifth. Moser doubled and scored on an error and Matt Dunn added a two-RBI double.

“I think Gavin’s home run gave our kids new life towards the end of the game,” said Barnes.

Waldorf rallied for five runs in the sixth to tighten the final score. Dylan Bell had a two-run double and Seth Morrison added an RBI single.

“We had good calls from our base coaches and we found ways to make it happen tonight,” said Barnes. “But like I’ve said before, the kids aren’t individuals. It’s all about working as a team.”

With the win, Valley advances to face Brunswick on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

“I grew up in the Brunswick area and I know that Brunswick has a good defensive team,” Barnes said. “But I think if we can keep our offense up and play solid defense, we can match up against any team.”

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