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South Mountain still breathing

July 15, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SHARPSBURG - South Mountain proved that it does not want its season to end.

When a thunderstorm stopped play after 2 1/2 innings on Saturday with South Mountain leading Sharpsburg 4-1, the game was suspended until Monday night.

South Mountain continued its offensive production by scoring eight runs in the last two innings to take a 12-5 win and stay alive in the Maryland District 1 11 & 12 All-Stars Tournament.

South Mountain (5-1) faces Sharpsburg (4-1) in the deciding game of the double-elimination tournamen today at 6 p.m. at South Mountain Little League Field.

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"We did a good job of hitting the ball," South Mountain manager Terry Hartle said. "We were fired up."

On Saturday, Sharpsburg jumped in front 1-0 in the first inning on Jacob Pendergraft's home run.

South Mountain then scored four runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead on an RBI double by John Slick, a two-run triple by John Shobe and a throwing error.

When the game resumed on Monday, South Mountain came through with three runs in the top of the fifth to increase its advantage to 7-1.

With one out, John Shobe walked and Zach Clopper singled to center. Brandon Stine singled to center to drive in Shobe, while Clopper went to third and Stine took second on the throw home. A wild pitch scored Clopper and moved Stine to third. One out later, Adam Collins singled to right to knock in Stine.

Sharpsburg reduced the deficit to 7-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on an outfield error and an RBI double by Seth Poffenberger.

South Mountain then put the game away with five runs in the top of the sixth, increasing its lead to 12-3.

Cody Linton reached on an infield error and Adam Chambers walked to start the rally. Tyler Walsh reached on a fielder's choice grounder that forced Linton out at third.

After David Lewis walked to load the bases, Brandon Stine ripped a two-run double to right to bring in Chambers and Walsh.

Josh Smith then made it all the way to third base on a play that involved two fielding errors, enabling Lewis and Stine to score. Smith came home on a wild pitch.

Sharpsburg got its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Jeff Remsburg.

"We made a few mental mistakes," Sharpsburg manager Jay Jamison said. "But we're still very proud of our kids and we'll be ready for tomorrow night."

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