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Maugansville keeps pitching for title

July 14, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Jake Bachtell knew exactly what he needed to win on Wednesday.

More importantly, his needs were pretty much what Maugansville needed, too.

Jake Bachtell gave up two runs while striking out eight in his six-inning, complete-game win as Maugansville kept its chances to defend its district title alive by defeating National 5-2 in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.

"I was throwing strikes right when I needed them," Bachtell said. "I was hitting my spots. I felt like I was in control for pretty much the whole game. When there were a few times when I didn't throw strikes, my teammates supported me by telling me that I could throw strikes. We really worked together and hit the ball good."

Maugansville (2-1) hosts Oakland (3-1) tonight at 6 to continue the long return trip to the championship.

"It all came down to pitching," Maugansville manager Danny Braithwaite said. "Jake Bachtell pitched a good game. Jake was on tonight. If he's in the strike zone, he's hard to hit. He also had a couple of hits. Our offense really came through when we needed it. What really improved for us the most was our defense. We made the routine plays tonight."

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A.J. Staley had two hits and three RBI drove in three runs to lead Maugansville while Bachtell added two hits and Ryan Sword scored twice.

National pitcher Brandon Burnett fanned nine batters in five innings. Craig Walling led National (2-2) with two hits.

Maugansville took an immediate lead with a three-run first inning. Mike Braithwaite was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, Bachtell laced a one-out single to right and Sword was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Staley put Maugansville on the board with a two-run single to center. After Kyle Smith reached on an infield single, Zach Koontz drew a bases-loaded walk to force home another run.

"We got behind early," National manager Jay Sutherland said. "Maugansville got those three runs in the first inning and that was a good momentum-booster for them. Our kids got down. Maugansville then got two more runs in the fourth and that gave them even more confidence. It is a lot easier to pitch when you have got a lead."

National cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when Ryan Butts scored from third during a rundown play between first and second base.

Maugansville added two runs in the fourth when Sword hit a two-out double to right and scored on Staley's single to left. Staley eventually scored on a wild pitch.

National got its final run in the sixth when Burnett scored on a wild pitch.

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