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West Salisbury captures 11-12 state title

July 27, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

BRUNSWICK, Md. — West Salisbury had a three-tool game on Friday night that got them a state trophy.

Timely hitting, solid pitching and a concrete wall of defense all came together to give West Salisbury a 4-1 victory over Brunswick and the championship of the Maryland 11-12 State Little Tournament.

West Salisbury, also the state champion in 2003 and 2007, will move on to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn., and begin play Aug. 4 against Delaware.

“We came into the tournament with high expectations,” said manager Frank DelGaudio. “We had overall talent.”

The talent showed in various forms.

After Brunswick’s Tyler Ebberts led off the bottom of the first with his fifth homer of the tournament, West Salisbury pitchers shut down Brunswick on one hit the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, West Salisbury scored twice in the second inning on a leadoff double by Malike Johnson and a two-run blast by Matt Chrysostome for a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the third, starting pitcher Gavin Winterbottom was removed because of arm soreness and Chrysostome stepped in and was flawless, pitching five hittless innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

Catcher Tyler Shockley picked off a Brunswick runner at first, first baseman Cade Hurley made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch off the bat of Ebberts in the fifth and Winterbottom made a barehanded pick on a grounder at short to highlight West Salisbury’s defense.

West Salisbury added two big insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning as Griffin DelGaudio led off with a double and advanced on a wild pitch. After a walk to Tyler Massey, Hurley singled to drive in DelGaudio.

Massey, who had moved to third on a wild pitch, scored on a single by Winterbottom for a 4-1 lead.

Brunswick’s only other hit was a two-out double by Zach Heffner in the second.

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