CHEWSVILLE —The home runs were flying at Valley Little League on Tuesday evening.
However, in a game that featured five home runs — including four between just two hitters — it was a pair of miscues in the seventh inning that gave Valley a 9-8 win over Maugansville in an elimination game in the Maryland District 1 11-12 tournament.
Valley plays at South Mountain in the losers’ bracket semifinal Wednesday at 6 p.m.
“We crushed the ball. I think today we grew as a team,” Valley manager Danny Barnes said.
Chase Metz got his bat fired up early, leading off the bottom of the first for Valley with a double. He scored after two infield groundouts to break the ice and put Valley up, 1-0.
Maugansville tied it in the top of the second when T.J. Quelet was a hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Ben Gazzola to score.
Metz struck for his first longball of the game in the home half of the second, launching a three-run shot over the right-field fence for a 4-1 Valley lead.
Maugansville answered in the top of the third with four runs to take the lead, highlighted by a three-run blast off the bat of Jacob Pugh.
Gazzola scored in the top half of the fifth on a passed ball just before Pugh homered again, this time a two-run shot over to left to push Maugansville ahead 8-4.
Valley inched back in the bottom half when Moser walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came around to score on a RBI single by Chris Martin to make it 8-5.
Down to its last three outs in the sixth, Brandon Kemp led off with a single, and advanced to second on a passed ball for Valley. Metz came back to the plate two batters later and delivered with a two-run shot to center to put Valley within one, 8-7.
“They just felt really good off the bat. As soon as I hit them I knew they were gone,” said Metz.
After a strikeout put Valley down to its final out, Moser forced the game into extra innings by homering over the left-field fence — though he was nearly robbed by the Maugansville left fielder.
Valley retired Maugansville in order in the top of the seventh and ended it in the bottom of the inning. Martin singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on an overthrow of first base to seal the comeback victory for Valley.
“I tell you, when the Moser and the Metz boy brought those bats in you could see the air going out of the other team and we just went crazy,” Barnes said.