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Late score lifts South Mountain

July 21, 2003

SALISBURY, Md. - Brandon Stine went 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored the game-winning run in the top of the sixth inning, as District 1 champion South Mountain beat District 2 champ Thurmont 5-4 in a winners' bracket semifinal at the Maryland State Little League Baseball 11 & 12 Tournament at Winterplace Park on Sunday.

South Mountain, now 8-1 in tournament play, faces District 8 champ West Salisbury in the winners' bracket final on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. The winner of that contest advances to Thursday's championship game.

South Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the first, as Cody Linton reached on a bunt single and scored on Adam Chambers' triple.

Thurmont answered in the bottom of the inning, taking a 3-1 lead on Mitchell Alphoff's three-run homer.

South Mountain regained the lead with three runs in the second. Stine doubled, Zack Demers walked and Adam Collins reached on a fielder's choice, in which everyone was safe, to load the bases. Shane Lowery then drew a walk to plate Stine, and Linton hit a fly ball to left that was misjudged by the left fielder to plate two more for a 4-3 lead.

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Thurmont tied it at 4-4 in the third on a solo homer by Daniel Miller.

South Mountain rallied for the winning run in the sixth. Stine doubled, moved to third on Josh Smith's flyout and was safe at the plate on Collins' grounder to the shortstop.

Chambers, who struck out six in a complete-game pitching effort, struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, after allowing a leadoff single, to complete the win.

South Mountain is now guaranteed of at least fourth place in the seven-team, double-elimination tournament.

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