9-10 tourney: Halfway gets past Maugansville

June 22, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

Halfway jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and extended it with five runs in the second to take down Maugansville 11-5 on Friday evening in the first round of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Halfway will host West End on Saturday at 5 p.m., while Maugansville falls to losers’ bracket play Monday.

“We hit right away today,” Halfway manager Tim Anderson said. “We’re a running team and we like to play small ball.”

Halfway’s top three batters — Brandon Myers, Shane Roberts and Cameron  Day — each scored in the first inning. Day singled home Myers and Roberts, who reached on a walk and a single.

Day finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and turned in a solid pitching outing, despite suffering through a long night the previous day.

“Cameron pitched a great game for us today,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t sure how he would do because he got home from Georgia this morning around 4:30, but he did a great job.”

Already leading 4-0 in the second, Halfway started over with the top of the batting order after batting around in the first.

Day singled to drive in Myers before scoring with Roberts on a fielding error to give Halfway a 7-0 advantage.

Curran Earnest stole home and Dillon Jacoby scored on another fielding error to put Halfway up 9-0 midway through the second inning.

“We came out a little flat today and I think we had jitters,” Maugansville manager Matt Hess said. “It was the first time some of these kids have played in a game of this magnitiude.”

Maugansville, however, wouldn’t go down lightly and plated three runs in the third inning to avoid the shutout.

Cole Brechbill and Tyler Richardson each scored on a pair of fielder’s choice plays and Braiden Wolfe crossed the plate on a throwing error.

“I told them to chip away and win every inning (after trailing 9-0),” said Hess. “The kids fought hard.”

Halfway padded its lead with two more runs in the fourth, getting back-to-back doubles by Tyler Crain and Colin McCarthy.

Richardson’s two-run single in the fifth inning drove in the final Maugansville runs.

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