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Frederick American forces final

July 22, 2002|by JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - Frederick American avoided elimination Sunday by hanging on for a 5-3 win over Halfway in the second game of the best-of-3 Maryland Little League 9-10 Section Tournament at Marty Snook Park.

The final game will be played tonight at 6 p.m. at Halfway, with the winner advancing to the state tournament next weekend at American Little League in Hagerstown.

"We weren't as nervous," Frederick American manager Chris Winpigler said. "We just came out more relaxed today."

Frederick snapped a scoreless tie by scoring four runs in the top of the third inning. Casey Briggs started the rally with a walk, moved to second on a groundout and advanced to third on a fly to right. Derek Macierowski reached on a fielder's choice where everybody was safe before taking second on a wild pitch. C.J. Winpigler walked to load the bases.

Briggs scored when Chuckie Fleming reached on another fielder's choice where everybody was safe after a close play at third base. Evin Vannoy followed with a two-run single and Fleming also scored on the play on an error.

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Frederick got its other run in the fifth when Josh Jackson led off with a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch.

Halfway scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Kyle Crist and a two-run double by Brennan Deener, who had two hits.

But Fleming, the Frederick pitcher, shut down Halfway's sixth-inning rally to get the complete-game win.

"We had a good comeback effort at the end," Halfway manager Scott Herbert said. "We were just one or two hits away from tying it or even winning it."

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