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Hagerstown A out of Colt tourney

July 30, 2000

Hagerstown A out of Colt tourney



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


The Hagerstown A Colt League all-star team fell one victory short of reaching the championship round.

The Erlanger (Ky.) Jets scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to come from behind and eliminate Hagerstown A 3-1 on Sunday in the losers' bracket final in the Colt League Region Tournament at Hellane Park.

Erlanger pitcher Brian Kraft gave up one run and five hits, while striking out nine batters, in seven innings to get the win.

"They played great defense," Hagerstown A manager Duane Myers said. "We had our chances there at the beginning, but their defense came up with the big plays. Brian Kraft did a good job. His curve ball really threw us off."

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Hagerstown A got its only run on a two-out, solo home run by Gary Naile in the bottom of the first inning.

During Erlanger's three-run sixth inning, both Derick Mueves and Kyle Mullen singled to start the rally. Josh Reinhart reached on a sacrifice where everybody was safe to load the bases. Mueves then came home on a wild pitch to tie the score, while both of the other runners moved up one base. One out later, Corey Lonergan was hit by a pitch to reload the bases.

Brad Stephenson snapped the tie with a single to center to drive in Mullen. Reinhart also scored on the same play on an outfield error.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Jesse Bennaka allowed only two earned runs and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

In the second game on Sunday, Erlanger got past previously undefeated Chambersburg 7-3 in the championship round.

Both Erlanger and Chambersburg now have one loss each in the double-elimination tournament and will play each other today at 1 to decide the championship.

Keith Thornberry had two hits, including a two-run homer, for Erlanger. Stephenson gave up only two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to get the win for Erlanger. Reinhart retired four of the six batters that he faced in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the save.

Brian Cooper hit a solo home run for Chambersburg.

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