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Federal stays alive

July 23, 2007

RISING SUN, Md. - The Federal Little League 11-12 All-Stars bounced back from their first postseason defeat by rapping out 16 hits in a 14-4 victory over Frederick National in the losers' bracket of the Maryland State Tournament on Sunday.

Alex Courtney had three hits, including two home runs, and five RBIs, while Phillip Pietro and winning pitcher Aaron Showe also had three hits apiece.

Pietro singled in the first inning and scored on a single by Courtney. In the second, Pietro doubled and scored on the first of Courtney's two homers for a 3-0 Federal lead.

Federal broke it open with six runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Charles Cvijanovich and an RBI double from Zane Schreiver.

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Courtney hit his second two-run blast in the fifth and Showe followed with a solo shot.

Showe went the full five innings for Federal, striking out 10. Andrew Yacyk and Cvijanovich each had two hits.

Federal continues losers' bracket play today at 7 p.m. against Arbutus.

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