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Stilly All-Stars hold on against Snohomish
What began as a pitchers duel turned into an offensive show as the Stilly Valley All-Stars topped their Snohomish counterparts 6-5. The July 2 game started inconspicuously as Aaron Spring took the mound for Stilly. Spring retired the first three Snohomish batters he faced on a total of six pitches. After two innings of work, Spring had only thrown 18 total pitches. The young right hander was cruising along without any sight of danger.
On offense, Stilly benefited from five Snohomish errors, all charged to the third baseman. It allowed Brandon Stott to score the first run of the game in the top half of the second inning. Stott hit a sharp ground ball that kicked through the legs of the Snohomish third baseman and allowed Stott to reach first. Tyler McDonald hit a similar ball on the next pitch and got a similar result. With one out, Andrew Bean came to the plate and delivered an RBI ground out. Bean drilled a hard hit ball at the second baseman who threw to first base for the out. An alert Stott timed his dash down the third baseline perfectly and scored ahead of the first basemans throw home to put Stilly ahead 1-0.
In the third inning, Stilly continued to put pressure on Snohomish. Tanner Goneen led off with a single. Aaron Spring then hit a ball at the third baseman again, who again could not make a play and Goneen and advanced to third base with Spring reaching second. Another error by the same fielder cost Snohomish a run as Brandon Stott lined another shot through the wickets of the Snohomish third baseman to score Goneen. The next batter, Tyler McDonald, doubled to the left field wall scoring both Spring and Stott and giving Stilly a 4-0 edge.
As Spring continued to shut down the Snohomish bats, the 4-0 lead looked safe for the visitors. Stilly extended their advantage in the top half of the fifth inning as Tanner Goneen blasted a lead off home run into the parking lot behind the field. Two batters later Tyler McDonald equaled Goneens feat, belting a drive to almost the exact location as Goneen. Leading 6-0, and getting the pitching performance of Spring, Stilly seemed poised for the win. Spring continued his dominance on the mound, not allowing a runner past second base until late in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
But Snohomish rallied and began putting pressure on Stilly. Behind the strength of a two RBI double and a three run home run Snohomish clawed right back into the game trailing 6-5.
Andrew Bean came on in relief of Spring and pitched the sixth inning. Conceding a couple of walks got Bean into a jam. With his team leading by one run, a passed ball put both runners in scoring position. Bean dug in and coaxed a pop fly to second baseman Cooper Morgison to end the game. A relieved Stilly team celebrated the victory together.
These games are too much stress for me, said manager Chuck Boortz, Fortunately we have a great group of kids this year. Probably the best group Ive coached in the last five years.
Stilly advances to round four of the double elimination All-Star tournament with the victory.
Stilly Valley 0 1 3 0 2 0
Snohomish 0 0 0 0 5 0