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9-10 tourney: American slugs way past Halfway

June 25, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • American's Jayvan Burnett scrambles back to second base after overrunning the bag as Halfway's Curran Earnest retrieves the ball in the third inning of Monday's Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers' bracket game.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — American responded from a tough loss to Conococheague on Friday with a strong 18-9 victory over Halfway in a Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers’ bracket game Monday.With the win, American remains alive and will travel to South Mountain on Tuesday night at 6. Halfway¿s all-star trip came to a conclusion with a 1-2 record.American displayed a three-tool effort — speed, defense and hitting ¿ much the same as it did against Conococheague. The difference was getting far enough ahead and staying away from the last-inning rally that Conococheague threw on American in a 12-11 loss.“I¿m happy with how we came back,” said American manager Dave Hardman. ¿Real proud of them.¿American banged out 13 hits, constantly ran the bases at every opportunity and five times took more than one base to score a run. The defense turned two double plays, both involving John Hardman.¿We had something left in the tank,¿ said Dave Hardman. ¿We know we have the tools, we just have to put them all together.¿American lit up the scoreboard with four runs in the first. Sam Hardman led off with a double, the first of his three hits. After a Halfway error, doubles by Joose Howell and Quiebren Gantt, and a walk, American was ahead 4-0.Halfway answered in the bottom of the first with two runs on RBIs by Curran Earnest and Dillon Jakoby.After American took a 6-2 lead in the second, Halfway stayed in the game, closing the deficit to 6-4 in the third ¿ including a solo home run off the scoreboard in right center by Colin McCarthy.But John Hardman produced a long two-run homer in the fourth for an 8-4 American lead, and American made it 12-6 with a four-run fifth.American didn¿t quit, racking up six runs in the sixth ¿ including a two-run single by Gantt.Howell also had three hits and John Hardman drove in four runs for American. The top four spots in the American batting order produced 11 runs, nine hits and six RBIs.Halfway collected eight hits, including two by A.J. Norris.

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