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South Mountain eliminates Federal stars

July 14, 1999|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - On the brink of elimination for four innings Wednesday, South Mountain got its offense going.

The Boonsboro stars scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning and stayed in front to beat Federal 6-4 in the loser's bracket of the Maryland District 1 11-12-year-old Little League Baseball Tournament.

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South Mountain (2-1) advances in the loser's bracket to play at West End, which defeated LaVale 7-3 on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m. Friday.

Federal ended its season with a 1-2 record in the double-elimination tournament.

South Mountain manager Dave Byers was impressed with his team's five-run fifth inning.

"The kids just put the ball in play," Byers said. "It was timely hitting. We had two nice bunts and then a bunch of hits in a row. We hit the ball real well when we needed to. It was just enough to win."

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South Mountain started the top of the fifth with seven straight singles to produce all five of its runs during the inning.

The first two singles were bunt singles by Chris Thomas and Robert Bowman. Jeremiah Mills' RBI single cut Federal's lead to 2-1.

Brandon Painter then ripped a two-run single to give South Mountain the lead for good at 3-2. After winning pitcher Josh Lewis reached on a single, Jay Love and Corey Robinson followed with RBI singles to extend South Mountain's lead to 5-2.

Lewis allowed only three earned runs in six innings to get the victory for South Mountain.

"It was an excellent pitched ballgame by Josh Lewis," Byers added. "He made the key pitches when he had to."

Mills had three hits for South Mountain.

Matt Ridenour hit a solo homer and finished with two hits and two RBIs for Federal.

"Both teams just hustled for the whole game," Federal manager Steve Huber said. "That is what makes it fun. There has got to be a winner and there has got to be a loser. It is a tough one to lose."

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