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South Mountain wins district title

July 16, 2003|by JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - South Mountain won its fourth district title in seven years on Tuesday night when it edged Sharpsburg 4-2 in the Maryland District 1 11 & 12 All-Stars Tournament championship game.

"The effort of the kids is great," South Mountain manager Terry Hartle said. "They wanted it. They went and got it. The boys have got a lot of heart to fight."

South Mountain (6-1) will now represent District 1 in the Maryland state tournament at Salisbury, opening against the District 4 winner on Saturday morning at 10:45.

South Mountain got on the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Adam Collins singled to right to bring home Brandon Stine.

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South Mountain added three runs in the bottom of the third on a two-run single by David Lewis and an RBI double by Stine to pad its lead to 4-0.

South Mountain pitcher Adam Chambers gave up only one earned run and five hits in six innings to get the complete-game win. He entered the top of the sixth with a one-hit shutout.

Sharpsburg (4-2) put together one last effort in the sixth, scoring two runs on a throwing error and an RBI single by Seth Poffenberger to make it 4-2.

With the bases loaded and two out, Chambers settled down and got the final out on a ground ball to shortstop Shane Lowery, who quickly made a long run to third base for the force out to seal the title for South Mountain.

"We could have fallen apart at the end, but we didn't," Hartle said. "Shortstop Shane Lowery came over and made that play at the end. Not too many people can do that."

Chambers and Collins paced South Mountain at the plate with two hits each.

"I was pitching pretty good until the last inning, when they got a bunch of hits off of me," Chambers said. "But I felt confident that I could get out of the jam. My defense plays real good behind me and that gives me even more confidence. The hitters helped me out, and I didn't have to worry about throwing a perfect game. I was able to relax while I was pitching."

This was the first time that Sharpsburg had reached the championship game.

"We have said all along that we are very proud of the kids," Sharpsburg manager Jay Jamison said. "Just being here in the championship game tonight was a big thrill for all of us. It was a great accomplishment for Sharpsburg."

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