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Maugansville sweats one out

June 27, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

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MAUGANSVILLE - While Maugansville never trailed in its Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament first-round baseball game Tuesday, it never could relax either.

Maugansville sweated out every last second of its 13-12 victory over South Mountain.

South Mountain, which trailed 9-1 early, scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a one-run game and had the tying run on third base with two outs and Evan Pettyjohn at the plate.

"We had what we wanted at the end. We had our best hitter up with a runner at third," South Mountain manager Ron Hardy said. "It just didn't go our way."

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Jordan Davis, in relief of winning pitcher Tyler George, got the final two outs, including a strikeout of Pettyjohn to end the game.

"We saw (Pettyjohn) in batting practice, and he hit a couple over the fence," Maugansville manager Kenny Shanholtz said. "But I felt confident with Jordan on the mound."

Maugansville will host Sharpsburg today at 6 p.m. South Mountain will host either Hancock or Conococheague in a losers' bracket game on Thursday at 6.

Maugansville sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the second and scored eight times for a 9-1 lead, capitalizing on six hits, three walks and two errors in the rally. The big blow was a two-out, two-run triple by Logan Kauffman.

"I have to give South Mountain a lot of credit. They could have easily given up and gone home," Shanholtz said. "We had them on the ropes, but they kept coming back."

South Mountain answered immediately, sending 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second and scoring seven times to make it a 9-8 game. South Mountain only had two hits in the rally, but they were both big ones - back-to-back, two-out, two-run singles by Spencer Griffin and Jeremy Hardy.

"With 9- and 10-year-olds, you never know what to expect," Ron Hardy said. "We have pretty good bats, and I knew we'd come back. The kids just kept fighting."

Maugansville added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. South Mountain scored once in the fourth, once in the fifth and trailed 13-10 entering the bottom of the sixth.

Joseph Alexander went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Maugansville, while Brendon Burkholder and Kauffman each went 2-for-2 with two walks.

Griffin finished 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs for South Mountain.

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