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Junior tournament: Maugansville's heart keeps beating

July 03, 2012|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent
  • Valley's Alex Myers tries to beat the ball to home plate with a slide, scoring against Maugansville on Tuesday in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland District 1 Junior tournament. Maugansville won, 15-12.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE — Confidence and steady nerves are usually keys to any victory.

Maugansville bounced back in a major way after being no-hit on Sunday as it overcame a 10-3 deficit for a 15-12 victory on Tuesday to eliminate Valley from the District 1 Junior tournament.

The win secures a berth in the championship round and a rematch with Conococheague on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“We did not play a good game on Sunday,” Maugansville manager Phil Daniels said. “Gave up a lot of errors early, but this team has a lot of heart.”

Heart was all Maugansville could depend on in the early going.

Valley scored twice in the top of the first, capitalizing on two Maugansville errors and a wild pitch. In the second, it made it 3-0 when Justin Bertrand was hit by a pitch, stole second and eventually scored on another Maugansville error.

Maugansville answered in the second when Tucker Brugh led off with a double, and took third on Dylan Alexander’s groundout before Josh Miller doubled to make the score 3-1.

Maugansville tied the game at 3 with two runs in the third as Devin Corley led off with a single and stole second before advancing when Steven Eyler reached on an error.

Maugansville pitcher Kenny Daniels hit a sacrifice fly to score Corley and Eyler crossed the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Valley’s offense regained control in the fourth and fifth innings.

Joey Schwartz hit a leadoff double before T.J. Kuhn walked. Jared Durning hit an RBI double and Trevor Hatcher added a run-scoring single to give Valley a 5-3 lead.

Valley had three hits in the fifth and was helped along by five Maugansville errors to jump to a 10-3 advantage.

Maugansville found its confidence to fight back with a six-run outburst, using two hits and two Valley errors to move within a 10-9 count.

The roll continued in the sixth as Maugansville added another six runs.

Maugansville sent 10 hitters to the plate to take the lead, highlighted by a two-run single by Kenny Daniels for his third RBI of the game.

Kenny Daniels backed it up with six-plus innings of work before leaving because of the pitch count.

“I started to get a little nervous when I had a lot of errors behind me,” Kenny Daniels said. “Then everyone started falling in behind me, and we did our best.”

Valley scored twice in the seventh, but solid defense at the end sealed Maugansville’s comback win.

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