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National scratches past Frederick to sweep to sectional title

July 18, 1999|By JACK HILL III

FREDERICK, Md. - After getting the easy victory a day earlier, Hagerstown National was forced to put in a little hard work on Sunday night.

National scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 6-5 win over Frederick American and sweep the best-of-3 series for the Maryland Section I 9 & 10-year-old Little League Baseball Championship at Baker Park.

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"Our kids still have that never-say-quit attitude," National manager Steve Cromer said. "The bottom of the sixth inning is a little bit late to come back, but we'll take it any inning. Our players continue to battle the whole time. We just want to play the games one day at a time."

With the victory, National remains undefeated in nine games of tournament play.

Hagerstown National advances to the Maryland State North Tournament at South Mountain Little League field in Boonsboro. The first two games of the best-of-3 series will be Saturday and Sunday. A third game, if necessary, will be played July 26. Each game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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Spencer Cromer led off with a double to right field in the National sixth before stealing third. Cromer scored after Ricky Collins flyout when he survived a rundown with the help of an errant throw.

Ken Feigley reached base when he was hit by a pitch and moved to second when Chad Bikle reached on an infield error. Brock Jamison capped the rally with a game-winning RBI double to right-center to bring score Feigley.

"I was thinking that I had to get home as fast as I could to score that run," Feigley said. "It feels great to win another championship."

Feigley was the winning pitcher, allowing two walks while striking out six batters in six innings.

"I thought that I threw a pretty good game," Feigley said. "I just tried to throw strikes. I was just happy to get out of a few jams."

Marcellus Sumlin drove in two runs, while Brittany Hyatt and Jamison had two hits each for National.

"It was a nailbiter," Cromer said. "I do want to give Frederick credit. It took a lot to come back from (Saturday's) game. Their pitching was a lot better today as it shut our bats down. That made the game a lot closer than what we hoped that it would be."

Frederick pitcher Ty Main struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings. J.J. Paglianete and Main had two hits each for Frederick American.

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