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Schreiber makes case for Federal

July 08, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - During the regular season as part of Federal Little League's Kiwanis team, manager Charlie Wood considered Zane Schreiber one of his go-to players.

Nothing has changed now that both are a part of the Federal All-Star Team.

Schreiber pitched three hitless innings to start the game, hit the game-tying RBI single and scored the game-winning run as Federal edged Clear Spring 4-3 in losers' bracket action of the District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Federal moves on to host Valley tonight at 6.

"Zane did a fantastic job pitching for me all year long during the regular season and he did the same thing tonight," Wood said. "He can really throw the ball for a 9-year-old and has a good bat to go with it."

Trailing 3-2 with two outs in the fifth inning, Schreiber hit a bloop single to center, allowing Kevin Proctor, who reached on an infield single with one out, to score from second base to tie the game at 3-3.

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The throw to home plate to try to get Proctor out sailed high, allowing Schreiber to move to third base. Ryan Byard followed with a ground ball to the right side which was mishandled and Schreiber came sprinting home for a 4-3 lead.

Ryan Kinter got the final three outs in the the sixth to close out the win.

"(Clear Spring) took the lead, but we knew we could come back," Wood said. "This team hasn't laid down since the tournament started, and we hit the ball well, so there's always a chance."

Federal jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Josh Barron scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Andrew Yacyk.

Schreiber kept Clear Spring off the board for the first three innings, but Wood had predetermined that he would not pitch the fourth.

"We decided before the game that he would only go three," he said. "Now that we have to play every day, we want to save some arms."

Once Schreiber was out, Clear Spring took advantage.

Nick Hill notched the first hit for Clear Spring with a single to left. He later scored thanks to an error and two passed balls to tie the game at 1-1.

Federal regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to heads-up baserunning by Byard, who scored from second base on an infield single by Max Ober to make it 2-1.

Clear Spring came right back in the fifth with a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, and a sacrafice fly by Zach Bowers gave Clear Spring its first lead at 3-2.

It was short-lived, as Federal rallied in the bottom of the fifth to take the win and remain alive.

Hill went the distance and struck out 10 for Clear Spring, which was eliminated.

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