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Federal governs bracket by blanking Maugansville

July 12, 2007|By CONNER GILBERT / Staff Correspondent

A day after winning by a shutout, Maugansville had the tables turned on it Wednesday as Federal blanked it 12-0 in five innings in the winners' bracket final of the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament at Kenneth E. Dudley Field.

Federal was more than equal to Maugansville's challenge.

"It's so easy to get these guys up," said Federal manager Doug Hornbecker. "They're self-motivated and come ready to go."

In the first inning, Federal's Charles Cvijanovich led off with a single, then advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. He scored on Phillip Pietro's infield single for a 1-0 lead.

Pietro struck again in the third, hitting a two-run homer to left-center field. Andrew Yacyk scored on a wild pitch and Cole Myers delivered a two-RBI single to put Federal up 6-0.

In the fourth, Cvijanovich doubled to center and took third on a wild pitch before scoing on Mark Grunberg's sacrifice fly. Alex Courtney followed with a booming blast to deep left field to give Federal an 8-0 lead.

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"The nice thing about this lineup is that everyone can hit the ball over the fence," said Hornbecker. "They are starting to calm down and feel more comfortable."

More power followed in the fifth. After Myers scored on Cvijanovich's single, Pietro crushed a three-run homer to left-center field to end the game by the 10-run rule.

Pietro did more than just hit a pair of homers to help Federal.

He was also the starting pitcher, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out 10.

"He has strong command of his pitches and a very good curveball," said Hornbecker. "We're able to call pitches and he hits the glove."

The only trouble spot for Pietro came in the third, when he gave up back-to-back two-out singles to Matt Daley and Troy Carbaugh, Then he hit C.J. Owings with a pitch to load the bases before getting Brent Mentzer to fly out to center, ending the inning.

Cvijanovich went 4-for-4 and scored four runs for Federal.

"He could bat 3, 4 or 5 for most teams, so he's a great guy leading off," said Hornbecker. "And he's a real leader who motivates the team."

Federal will play on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the district final. As long as his team plays to its capabilities, Hornbecker will be happy with the outcome.

"We're solid the whole way through," Hornbecker said. "This is an easy group to coach."

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