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9-10 tourney: American strikes early, advances

June 26, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — American scored nine runs in the first two innings against South Mountain en route to a 13-4 victory in Tuesday’s Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers’ bracket game.

American will travel to Sharpsburg on Wednesday night at 6 for another losers’ bracket game.

American took advantage of shaky pitching by South Mountain to score six runs in the first inning — four on bases-loaded walks. Jayvon Burnett scored on a passed ball and Sam Hardman plated Seth Thomas with an RBI double in his second at-bat of the inning.

American’s bats came alive in the second with an RBI single by Burnett and an RBI double by Quiebren Gantt. Thomas scored Gantt with a suicide squeeze bunt.

“It was a good ballgame. The kids played hard today,” said American manager Dave Hardman. “We just have to keep on rolling and keep on winning.”

South Mountain got on the board in the bottom of the second on Avven Richmond’s RBI groundout.

“We were running out of pitching and that’s pretty much the story of today,” said South Mountain manager Ron Humbel. “Hats off to American, they played a good game.”

Sam Hardman scored on a passed ball in the fourth for American, which then scored three runs in the top of the fifth. John Hardman doubled and later stole home. Burnett plated Alex Whittington with a double and Gantt scored Burnett with a single.

“I’m proud of the boys. Now we got to head to Sharpsburg and keep the wins coming,” said Dave Hardman.

South Mountain came back with three runs in the bottom half — highlighted by a two-run single by Peyton Wescott.

“I’m proud of the kids, they never gave up,” Humbel said. “The important thing is that the boys had a good time and that is what Little League is all about.”

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