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Frederick National sweeps So. Mountain

July 16, 2000

Frederick National sweeps So. Mountain



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


BOONSBORO - After watching his team fight right down to the bitter end Sunday, South Mountain coach Dave Ferguson could only shrug his shoulders.

"You can print about the same thing today as you did yesterday,'' Ferguson said after Frederick National finished a two-game sweep of South Mountain with a 7-6 win in the Section 1 9-10 All-Stars best-of-3 playoff series.

"It was just who made the right plays at the right time,'' Frederick National coach Danny Miller added.

And just like Saturday, the biggest plays went Frederick National's way.

Both teams battled through sloppy play through the first two innings, in which there were 12 total walks, before settling into the rhythm of the game.

Frederick National jumped to a 4-2 lead in the top of the second inning, thanks to three South Mountain errors. South Mountain answered with four runs in the bottom half of the second, keyed by Randy Hood's two-run double and Tyler Fath's RBI single, for a 6-4 lead.

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"I thought it was going to be a walkathon at first,'' Ferguson said.

But Frederick National pitcher Ian Hahn settled into a groove after the second, retiring 12 in a row while the offense scored once in the third and fourth to tie the game.

Hahn then took center stage on offense in the top of the sixth, reaching base as the winning run on a fielder's choice. Hahn took second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored when Fath uncorked a wild pitch with two outs.

"He (Miller) told me to go if I thought I had a chance,'' Hahn said. "He told me to run if it passed (the catcher). ... I was thinking about how much I wanted to win.''

Hahn slid in safely underneath the tag for the winning run, then came back in the bottom of the sixth to strike out South Mountain's last two batters, the final one with runners on second and third.

"I think he was nervous, but I knew I could stick with him,'' Miller said. "I thought he'd be there at the end.''

He was. And that was the difference.

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