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11-12 tourney: Valley earns shot at defending champ

July 05, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE — Friday will be a rematch of the 2011 Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament championship game when Valley hosts defending champion Conococheague.

Valley made that happen when it defeated Maugansville 8-2 on Thursday night in the opening round of the 2012 tournament.

“We did an outstanding job,” Valley manager Dave Barnes said. “We have really worked hard the past few weeks. Tonight, the kids responded well. We really did an outstanding job of putting runs up when (Maugansville starter Justin Akins) was throwing really hard.”

Valley’s Andrew Mathias gave one run in four innings of work to get the win.

Austin Moser started a two-out rally for Valley in the first with a single to center. After Dylan Eyler walked, Gavin Shubert doubled to center to knock in Moser.

Maugansville tied it up with a run in the second when Spencer Martin came home on an infield single by Spencer McNamee.

Valley erupted for four runs in the third to take the lead for good at 5-1. Mathias led off with a single to center. Moser reached on a forceout at second. One out later, Shubert drew a walk and Mark Moholt ripped a double to center to drive in both Moser and Shubert. Chris Martin followed by clubbing a two-run homer to right.

“Our victory felt great,” Martin said. “We got one under our belt. Now we have a few more to go. Our team’s hitting was great tonight. I think that this is the best hitting that our team has had.”

Valley added three more runs in the fifth to raise its lead to 8-1. With one out, Eyler reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Shubert walked and stole second. Moholt singled to center to knock in Eyler and send Shubert to third. Shubert scored and Moholt went to second on a throwing error. After Martin walked, Moholt came home on another throwing error.

Maugansville got its final run when T.J. Quelet scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Carbaugh.

“If we play good defense and hit the ball like I know that we are capable of, then we will be a hard team to beat,” Barnes said.

Moser, Mathias, Eyler and Moholt combined to hold Maugansville to four hits.

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