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Sharpsburg routs Maugansville, moves on

June 28, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

MAUGANSVILLE - Ashton Binkley pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts, Trey Ebersole went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Sharpsburg capitalized on 10 Maugansville errors in a 16-5, four-inning victory Wednesday in a Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament baseball game.

"Ashton was phenomenal," Sharpsburg manager Chris Webber said. "He kept his cool out there and did what he needed to do. He only had two walks the whole game. When they did hit it, the defense was there behind him."

Sharpsburg will host Halfway on Friday in a winners'-bracket semifinal at 6 p.m. Maugansville will travel to Federal for a first-round losers'-bracket game today at 6.

Sharpsburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first, taking advantage of five Maugansville errors. The only two hits in the rally were an RBI single by Dakota Smith and a two-run single by Ebersole.

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"It's 9-10 baseball. You never know what to expect from night to night," said Maugansville manager Kenny Shanholtz, whose team won a 13-12 thriller over South Mountain on Tuesday. "Errors killed us tonight. They hit the ball and put it in play, and we just didn't make the plays."

Maugansville answered with three runs in the bottom of the first to cut its deficit to 6-3. With the bases loaded, Logan Kauffman drew a walk, Kenny Daniels followed with a fielder's-choice RBI grounder and Conner Hill scored from third on a wild pitch.

Binkley settled down and didn't allow any hits, runs or walks over the next two innings, while Sharpsburg added three runs in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth for a 16-3 lead.

"I was excited," Binkley said. "I knew I was going to do good because I had confidence. I've been practicing a lot, and I knew that God was with me."

Dylan Coulter went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs, Binkley had an RBI double and Adam McDonald also doubled for Sharpsburg.

Maugansville added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, getting a double from Daniels and an RBI single from Dalton Morgan.

Maugansville turned two double plays in the game.

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