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National rolls over Sharpsburg

July 09, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG - Just as one man's trash can be another man's treasure, one team's blunder can be another team's blessing.

Sharpsburg committed four errors, walked three batters and hit another in the second inning to help National score nine runs and pave the way toward an 11-1 drubbing in the winners' bracket of the District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Sharpsburg falls to the losers' bracket and must travel to Maugansville on Monday, while National will travel to West End. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

National had just three hits in its nine-run second inning, but took advantage of two fielding errors, two throwing errors and some heads-up baserunning to plate its runs.

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"We broke it open," said National manager Scott Appel. "The kids were hustling on the basepaths and it forced some bad throws. Later we had a couple of nice hits in the gap."

One of the gap hits was to left-center field by No. 9 batter Jordie Dickens, who later scored on a two-run single by Jordan Nicewarner. The first six batters of the inning reached and scored as National sent 13 to the plate. Nicewarner had two hits and three RBI, while Aaron Roby and Dylan Appel each had a sacrifice fly.

"One little mistake led to another," said Sharpsburg manager Don Gregory. "This is a better fielding team that it showed."

Sharpsburg had five errors in the game, more than two times its hit total as Roby pitched a two-hitter. Roby allowed only a first-inning single to Dustin Gregory and a fourth-inning infield single to Cole Hovis. He gave up an unearned run following an error in the third.

"Aaron Roby did it for us. From the start, he hit every spot we called," Scott Appel said. "We watched (Sharpsburg on Friday) and we knew we had to keep the ball away from their two, three and four hitters (Jared Blickenstaff, Dustin Gregory and Rodney Flora). Aaron did a good job of that."

Those three hitters combined for seven hits in Sharpsburg's opening win against Conococheague on Friday, but had only one against Roby, who struck out six in the four-inning win.

"I really thought it was going to be a much tighter game, based on the way (Sharpsburg) played in their first game," Scott Appel said. "It's always nice to win 11-1, but it's probably better to have a close game. (Winning big) might give the kids a false sense of security."

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