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10-11 tourney: Clear Spring advances to championship round

June 29, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

Clear Spring weathered a four-run first inning from Valley to come back and win the Maryland District 1 10-11 losers’ bracket final 12-9 Thursday.

Valley jumped out to the four-run lead on RBI doubles by Cameron Snyder and Jimmy Coats and a two-run home run by Adam Mathias. Clear Spring came back to score five runs in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by an RBI double by Tanner Sines and a two-run single by Austin Martin.

“I was very proud of (my players). They came out and started hitting the ball,” said Clear Spring manager Gary Hose.

Clear Spring’s bats stayed hot in the second inning as leadoff batter Alex Kehr hit a two-run homer deep to center, also plating Dylan McGill. Garret Hose later scored on a single by Martin to extend Clear Spring’s lead to 8-4.

Valley cut the deficit to three runs in the top of the fifth when Coats walked and scored on a passed ball, but Clear Spring answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Garret Hose smacked a two-run double to left, plating Kayson Yeakle and Kehr. Garret Hose later scored on a single by Sines, who scored on a passed ball.

“Aggressive baserunning really helps. I couldn’t ask for more out of the kids today,” Gary Hose said. “They stay motivated all by themselves. They all like each other and cheer each other and keep each other going.”

Valley kept things interesting with their last chance in the top of the sixth. Chase Miller reached on an error, Snyder singled and Coats walked to load the bases for Mathias, who deposited a grand slam over the center-field wall for a game-high six RBIs.

However, Martin got the game ending strikeout to preserve the win for Clear Spring.

“We have a super bunch of kids,” said Valley manager Jason Snyder. “The fact that they jumped out early and kept fighting really showed their character. I wish they were playing more. They deserve it.”

Clear Spring will travel to play West End today at 6 p.m. in the championship round.

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