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West Salisbury, Easton advance in 10-11 state tourney

July 14, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — West Salisbury and Easton both won Sunday to advance in the Maryland 10-11 State Little League Baseball Tournament at Conococheague.

In a winners’ bracket game, West Salisbury defeated Bethesda 9-2 to advance to play Elkton on Monday at 7 p.m. in the winners’ bracket final.

A pair of homers — a two-run shot by Ryan Teaman in the second inning and a solo homer by Blake Corbin in the third — gave West Salisbury a 3-0 lead. West Salisbury added five more runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by three straight RBI singles by Corbin, Dylan Smith and Brett Swift.

“We’ve just got a good, talented group of kids,” said West Salisbury manager Pete Peterman. “We hit, we’ve got a deep corps of pitchers and we’re sound defensively. Our kids have a ton of support from us and the parents. We’re just going to keep them pumped up through the tournament.”

Ryan Mitchell knocked in Ethan Peterman in the top of the sixth to round out West Salisbury’s scoring.

Smith started on the mound for West Salisbury and flashed brilliance early, retiring the first nine batters he faced with seven strikeouts. Bethesda’s first hit came in the bottom of the fourth — a double by Christian Ficca. Justin Packs was hit by a pitch earlier in the frame and eventually scored on a passed ball for Bethesda’s first run. Ben Clarke crossed the plate on a throwing error in the sixth for Bethesda’s only other run.

Bethesda will face Brunswick today at 2 p.m. in the losers’ bracket.

In later action, Easton totaled 25 hits in eliminating Arbutus from the tournament with a 25-0, four-inning victory. Haiden Rhodes led Easton with five RBIs, including a solo home run in the top of the fourth, while Josh Risher, Micah Haddock and Jaedon Copper each had three RBIs.

“The bats heated up today. They came out not nervous and just found their pitches,” said Easton manager Micah Risher. “This is what they did through the district tournament. They’re playing their style of baseball.”

Pitchers Copper, Rhodes and Alex Stecher-Scott combined on a one-hitter with eight strikeouts. Colin Baney had Arbutus’ only hit, a double in the bottom of the third.

Easton advances to face host team Conococheague on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re going to try to come out and start like we did today,” said Risher. “This team has so much talent. We’re going to play hard-nosed baseball and hopefully get this thing going.” 

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