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Sharpsburg remains unbeaten

July 10, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SHARPSBURG - Every step the Sharpsburg Little League 11 & 12 All-Star team takes is into new territory.

So far, the team is having no trouble with its navigation.

Sharpsburg advanced to the championship round of the District 1 Tournament for the first time Wednesday with a 4-1 win over South Mountain in a game between the only unbeaten teams in the tournament.

"Sharpsburg has never won more than one game in district play," Sharpsburg manager Jay Jamison said. "For us to get that far, it is a big deal. Our defense came through with some dandy plays tonight. We got the clutch hits when we needed to."

Jake Pendergraft threw a complete-game three-hitter and allowed just one unearned run to lead Sharpsburg, which will host the championship game on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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"We got an excellent pitching performance by Jake Pendergraft," Jamison said. "Jake has been a tough little pitcher all year. He knew that he had to come through with a big game tonight. He really had to dig deep and pull it through. He was able to do that."

Sharpsburg took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Cory Wyand walked and Seth Poffenberger hit a two-run homer to right-center.

"It helped when Seth hit that two-run homer," Pendergraft added. "When my teammates got me those final two runs, then I knew I had the victory."

Sharpsburg scored its final two runs in the top of the fifth. Poffenberger led off with a double to right and took third on a wild pitch. One out later, Pendergraft walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. A.J. Jamison was intentionally walked to load the bases. Tyler Marshall singled to center to drive in Poffenberger and Jeff Remsburg followed with a sacrifice fly to left to knock in Pendergraft.

South Mountain got its only run in the bottom of the fifth when Cody Linton scored on an infield error.

"We were flat," South Mountain manager Terry Hartle said. "When Seth Poffenberger hit that two-run homer, it took a little bit of the air out of our team."

South Mountain will play host to American or Halfway in the losers' bracket final Friday at 6.

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