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State 10-11 Tournament: Elkton takes all Brunswick hands over

July 13, 2013|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com
  • Brunswick's Trevor Barnhouse pitches against Elkton on Saturday in an opening-round game at the Maryland 10-11 State Little League Baseball Tournament in Williamsport.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Bethesda manager Sushil Rane preaches solid pitching and good defense.

His players decided to throw in disciplined hitting on their own.

Bethesda breezed to an 11-1 victory over Easton in the opening round of the Maryland State 10-11 Little League Baseball Tournament at Ebersole Field on Saturday, in a game stopped in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

In the first of three games played Saturday, Elkton used 10 Brunswick errors to claim a 10-3 win

 Elkton faces Conococheague in the winners’ bracket today at 2 p.m.

“That’s what we hang our hats on, pitching and defense — throw strikes and stay out of the big innings,” Rane said. “(Easton) hit the ball, but we made the plays.”

Bethesda rode an eight-run first inning, which featured five hits and four Easton errors to the easy win, sending 14 hitters to the plate in the frame.

“When we have a big inning, everyone calms down, and we’re able to relax,” said Rane. “We were very patient at the plate and didn’t swing at bad pitches.”

James Hester got the big hit in the first, a two-run double, as Easton starter Micah Haddock was unable to finish the inning, yielding seven runs on four hits.

Patrick Murphy pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and was charged with four runs.

In the opener, Elkton took a 6-0 lead after two innings, on just four hits, and never looked back. Brunswick didn’t help itself, committing six errors in those two innings.

“We have 14 players on the roster, and every one of them contributed,” said Elkton manager Chris Hall. “It was a good team victory.”

Brunswick scored single runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings, with Bryson Shaffer driving in two without a base hit.

Tyler Hayden finished with two of Elkton’s eight hits, and he drove in a pair of runs with a double and a single.

Meanwhile, Elkton starter Gavin Tereszcuk pitched five innings of three-hit ball, giving up just two runs.

Brunswick pulled to within 6-2 in the top of the fourth, but Elkton responded with two in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth.

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