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11-12 Tournament: West End pushes American over edge with 18-run outburst

June 29, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — It wasn’t all or nothing for the West End 11-12 All-Stars, but it was close enough.

West End scored 18 runs in the third inning on Saturday to more than just pave the way to a 19-2 victory over host American in an opening round game in the Maryland District 1 tournament, in a game that halted after four innings.

“We are a good-hitting team,” said West End manager Mark Barton. “It only took two innings to get the jitters out. We are nonstop and a solid all-around team. We are solid the whole way through.”

West End will host Halfway in a winners’ bracket game on Monday at 6 p.m., while American will host a losers’ bracket game on Tuesday at 6.

American took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on John Hardman’s solo homer to left.

West End convincingly responded in the third, starting with home runs by Rohan Bromfield and Stevie Billman to lead off the inning and give West End a 2-1 lead.

It didn’t stop there, though.

After two walks, Xavier Dominguez hit an RBI single to set the stage for Joey Ringus’ three-run homer to center to build a 6-1 advantage.

An American error tacked on another run and extended the inning, which allowed Billman and Chase McCoy to each hit two-run singles to left. Will Grove added a two-run homer to left to make it a 15-1 game.

West End capped the 18-run outburst with a two-run double to center by Billman and a RBI double to left by Kaleb Shanholtz.

“We practice hard,” Barton said. “We pitch them hard in practice and we teach them how to hit. That is what we do best. This is the same team I had last year that won the district title at the 10-11 level.”

American got a run back in the third on Charles Somerville’s RBI single to center.

West End countered in the fourth as Mikey Collazo scampered home on a dropped third strike.

Grove pitched the first two innings and recored three strikeouts for West End, before Dominguez came on to strike out five in the final two innings.

It made for a long day for American.

“The team gave up after we gave up that first home run,” said American manager Eric Stubbs. “After the second one, they just really gave up. This is a lesson learned. You have got to play the full game. The next game won’t be like this.”

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