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Hagerstown 'C' wins Colt sectional title

July 18, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown 'C' extracted revenge in a big way against Anne Arundel in the final two games of the Colt Section Tournament.

Having lost its first-round game to the Black Barons on Friday, Hagerstown battled through the losers' bracket and beat them twice, incuding Monday's 13-9 victory for the championship.

Tim Leather slugged a two-run homer and finished with three hits and four RBI for Hagerstown.

"Everybody underestimated our 'C' team," Leather said. "It's amazing how some people put us down and then we came back. We started off slow, but we came around and started hitting the ball. We came up with some timely hits."

Leather struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings of relief pitching for the win.

"The key for us winning the title was our defense," said Hagerstown assistant coach Travis Furr, filling in for manager Brian McLucas, who could not attend the game. "We played good defense the whole tournament, especially yesterday. We won back-to-back one-run games to get to here. The Black Barons were a great team."

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Anne Arundel controlled the game early, scoring three runs in the first inning and holding the 3-0 lead through the second.

But the tide started to turn in Hagerstown's favor in the third. Tim Jacobson walked, Leather reached on an infield single and Adrian Adams walked to load the bases for Todd Jacobson, who blasted a grand slam to center to put Hagerstown on top for good at 4-3.

Hagerstown added four more runs in the fourth to make it 8-3. Leather hit a two-run single and Adams clubbed a two-run homer to center.

After the Black Barons reduced the deficit to 8-5 in the fifth, Hagerstown produced its third four-run inning in the sixth to make it 12-5. Leather hit his homer to get it going, and RBI singles by Todd Jacobson and Dustin Smith rounded it out.

Hagerstown got its final run in the seventh on Tim Jacobson's RBI groundout.

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