Federal 9-10 All-Stars reach final

July 06, 2006|by TYLER KAHL / Staff Correspondent

There was only one thing capable of stopping the Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars' offense Wednesday - the 10-run rule.

Federal clinched a spot in the District 1 final after lighting up American for 14 hits in a four-inning, 14-0 victory.

Zane Schreiber led the way for Federal with two hits and five RBI. Andrew Yacyk and Josh Moats drove in two runs each for Federal.

"They were finding holes," said American manager Ted Casper. "When we played back, they dropped them in, and when we pulled the fielders in, they hit it over our heads."


American starter Brendon Colbert looked good early, surrendering only one run while working his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the second.

Federal blew the wheels off in the third, scoring six runs off five straight hits to chase Colbert. Reliever Trace Russ was greeted by a similar barage as Federal finished the inning with three more hits and two more runs to make the score 9-0.

"Once we got behind, they started hanging their heads," said Casper. "But (Federal) has a really good team."

Federal benefited from solid pitching, as Josh Barron allowed only four American baserunners while striking out five.

American's best chance against Barron came in the first, but was quickly thwarted when Anthony Morton was gunned down at home after attempting to score on Alex Brooks' double.

"Josh is one of our main pitchers," said Federal manager Charles Wood. "He held a good offensive team to only three hits."

Federal will travel to Conococheague today, with Conococheague clinching the District 1 title with a win. If Federal wins, the teams will play at Conococheague on Tuesday with the title on the line.

"(Conococheague) is a great team and it will definitely be a challenge," said Wood. "But we have the momentum, we have the pitching, we have the defense and our guys can put the ball in play. So yes, I like our chances."

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