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West Salisbury in driver's seat of 10-11 tourney

July 15, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT — West Salisbury is just like any of the other teams in the Maryland State 10-11 Little League Tournament in one respect: It has nine players on the field.

The biggest difference is West Salisbury tends to dominate the opposition.

Monday night was no exception, as Elkton fell victim to the offensive juggernaut as West Salisbury rolled to a 15-3 decision in the winners’ bracket final at Ebersole Field.

West Salisbury has outscored its opponents 68-11 in the three games it has played, averaging 4.25 runs per inning over 16 innings.

“Hopefully, the bats won’t let up,” said West Salisbury manager Pete Peterman. “The way these kids can hit, we’ll be in every game every second of every inning.”

It didn’t take long for West Salisbury to get started, scoring three runs in the first inning on three hits. Ryan Mitchell led off with a single and moved to third when Blake Corbin reached on an Elkton error. Brett Swift drew a one-out walk to load the bases before a Jake Taylor single plated Mitchell. Jacob Long delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring Corbin, and Tyler Bennett’s double plated Swift.

Mitchell — who went 4-for-5 and scored four runs — and Dylan Smith each scored in the second to make it a 5-0 West Salisbury lead.

West Salisbury established command of the game with a five-run third inning. Brett Swift delivered the big blow, a three-run, two-out home run over the fence in left field, for a 10-2 lead.

Corbin drove in seven runs on three hits, including a three-run homer in the in the sixth.

Mitchell, Smith, Corbin and Swift — the top four hitters in the West Salisbury lineup — scored 13 of the 15 runs and combined for nine hits and 11 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Elkton could get little going offensively, despite Aaron Mahoney and Troy Cherwaty combining for seven hits. A wild pitch allowed Christian Keyes to score Elkton’s first run, and Cherwaty drove in Mahoney for another run in the second.

Marcus Ross opened the third with a triple and scored following a wild throw to third on the play.

— Curt Hornbecker

Bethesda 18, Brunswick 3

Bethesda produced plenty of runs in a four-inning victory over Brunswick in a losers’ bracket game.

Bethesda advanced to the losers’ bracket semifinal Tuesday night at 6 against Easton. Brunswick was eliminated.

Bethesda leadoff hitter Justin Packs had four hits and four RBIs. Josh Forburger and Henry Smith added two RBIs each.

Bethesda was off to the races with six runs in the top of the first inning. Packs led off with a single to right and Pranav Rane reached on an infield error. One out later, James Hester singled to center to load the bases. Packs scored on a bases-loaded walk to Ben Clarke. Rane came home when Matt Rudolph reached on an infield error. Hester scored when Forburger reached on another infield error. Clarke scored on a bases-loaded walk to Smith. Packs capped the frame with a two-out, two-run single to center.

After Brunswick scored a run in the bottom of the first, Bethesda responded with four runs in the top of the second to increase the lead to 10-1. Forburger and Packs each hit a two-run single.

Bethesda added eight runs in the third to roll to an 18-1 lead. Christian Ficca, Packs and Rudolph each hit an RBI double.

— Jack Hill III

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