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Pietro does it all in win

July 08, 2007|By MARK KELLER

Phillip Pietro helped Aaron Showe close the door on National in Federal Little League's first-round All-Star game Friday.

On Saturday, Pietro did the job against West End all by himself.

Pietro limited West End to four hits and struck out seven in four innings to lead Federal to a 12-1 win in the second round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament.

"Phil was the key today," said Federal manager Doug Hornbecker. "He's our No. 2 pitcher, but he's so close to No. 1. He really did the job today."

Pietro also led the Federal offense with three hits and two RBIs.

West End was not only stymied by Pietro, but a pair of baserunning mistakes that hurt potential rallies.

"(Pietro) pitched a good game, but the stuff we practiced, we didn't do," West End manager Red Houser said. "There were a couple of times we could have had them on the ropes, but it didn't happen."

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In the top of the first, West End's Dylan Stouffer drew a two-out walk and Cordell Davis was hit by a pitch from Pietro. Aaron Rowland followed with a line-drive single that Max Ober fielded just in front of the fence.

Ober threw to cutoff man Alijah Benson, who threw a perfect strike to third baseman Cole Myers to get Stouffer, who scampered to get back to the base.

Federal wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff hitter Charles Cvijanovich stroked the first pitch from Davis into left field for a base hit and Pietro followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Cvijanovich scored on Alex Courtney's groundout.

Showe drove in Pietro with a single to right and eventually scored when Kevin Proctor reached on an error to give Federal a 3-0 lead.

Federal added four more in the second, with Pietro driving in one with a base hit and three other runs coming on passed balls or wild pitches.

Austin Scott opened the West End third with a double to the fence. Bobby Leatherman followed with a dribbler in front of first base that was fielded by Courtney, but Leatherman won the footrace to first while Scott came all the way around from second to score.

Ryan Barton was inserted to run for Leatherman but was eliminated almost immediately. Stouffer drove Pietro's next pitch to right for a base hit, but Ober came up throwing. He put the ball right on second base, where Cvijanovich caught it and tagged Barton, who took one too many steps off second.

"With all the practice we put into fundamentals ... we go through those things ad nauseum," Hornbecker said. "It's satisfying to see those things pay off."

Federal had four hits in a five-run third to take a 12-1 lead. Pietro had an RBI single, Ober had an RBI sacrifice bunt and Josh Barron doubled in a run.

Cvijanovich finished with two hits for Federal, who will play host to Hancock on Tuesday. West End plays at South Mountain at 6 p.m. Monday.

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