MAUGANSVILLE—Maugansville asserted itself beginning with the fourth inning and rolled on to a 9-2 victory over Halfway on Friday in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League baseball tournament.
Maugansville scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to emerge from a 2-2 tie and then added two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to start off the tournament on a positive note.
Trevor Jelinek kept the fourth inning alive with a two-out single that moved Ethan Caudo to third. Cooper Strickland then walked and Magaunsville took a 3-2 lead on an infield error.
Ian Klick made Halfway hurt a little more for the mistake by driving in two runs with a blooper into short left field.
“(Maugansville) took advantage and got a couple of breaks their way,” said Halfway manager Billy Baker, “but we still played good defense and I’m proud of them.”
However, two errors helped bring in a pair of runs for Maugansville in the fifth.
An inning later, Maugansville scored when Samuel Martin led off with a single, Austin Dent walked and Klick brought in another run with a base hit.
“Klick is going to be one of our more reliable hitters,” said Hess. “As a team, we didn’t hit the ball as well as we can. Defensively, errors will happen at this age, but overall we played good.”
Tyler Richardson drove in Maugansville’s last run on a groundout.
Maugansville had seven hits along with four walks from Halfway pitching.
After a quick, scoreless opening two innings, Maugansville took a 2-0 lead off pitcher Curran Earnest in the top of the third on a leadoff single by Colby Knight, a walk, fielder’s choice sacrifice and an infield error.
Halfway bounced right back against Maugansville starter Cole Brechbill with a two-out rally.
Trey Baker walked and Tyler Crain reached on an error and Baker came around to score on a Maugansville throwing error. Crain eventually scored to make it 2-2 on a single by Devon Martin.
All told, Halfway’s four errors paved the way to six unearned runs.
Brechbill got the win with four innings of work and three other pitchers combined to hold Halfway to just two hits, while walking eight batters.
“We need the bats to come out and wake up on Monday,” said Baker.
With the win, Maugansville gets another home date at 5 p.m. Saturday against Valley. Halfway is off until it hosts either Conococheague or Clear Spring on Monday.