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11-12 state tourney: Clear Spring forced to wait another day

July 21, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

BRUNSWICK, Md. — The only pitch thrown at the Maryland 11-12 Little League state tournament on Saturday was the ceremonial first pitch.

A persistent rain would never let up, forcing the postponement of the opening round of the 2012 event at the Brunswick Little League.

District 1 champion Clear Spring was scheduled to open its quest for the state title on Saturday against Easton, but the tournament opener was moved to today at noon on Field 1. South Maryland will meet Rising Sun at 3 p.m. and Hughesville will meet West Salisbury at 7 p.m.

“We were all fired up and ready to play, but it’s the same for the others,” said Clear Spring manager Pete Lazich. “We just have to re-energize for Sunday.”

The game was first delayed by rain, pushing Clear Spring and Easton back to  2 p.m.

That left Lazich and his coaches more time to deal with his youngsters.

“We went into Frederick and to Extra Innings and got in some swings,” said Lazich. “The kids were ready to do something.”

Clear Spring, which won the district title with a 13-0 win over National, is making its first-ever venture into the 11-12 states.

With a victory today, Clear Spring would advance to play Brunswick on Monday at 4 p.m. A loss would drop Clear Spring into the losers’ bracket and into a game against the Hughesville-West Salisbury loser on Monday at 1 p.m.

All tournament games will be streamed live and can be seen on www.herald-mail.com.

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