Federal 11-12 All-Stars eliminated at states

July 25, 2007

RISING SUN, Md. - No Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star team had an answer for Federal Little League as it qualified for its first-ever trip to the state tournament.

West Salisbury found the answer.


Federal's unbeaten run in tournament play came to an end with a 7-5 loss to West Salisbury in the first round of the state tournament. Given a chance for revenge in the losers' bracket semifinal on Tuesday, Federal found more heartbreak instead.

David Dechert had three hits and drove in five runs, helping West Salisbury race to a 10-1 lead and end Federal's state title bid 10-4 at Rising Sun Little League.

Both teams finished with nine hits, but West Salisbury's came at more critical times.

"They just made the plays," Federal manager Doug Hornbecker said. "We had a couple errors and a couple walks that they took advantage off. ... They made the plays and got the hits when they needed to."


Gavin Yangling's home run leading off the bottom of the first inning gave West Salisbury a 1-0 lead.

Aaron Showe tripled and scored on Zane Schreiber's RBI groundout to tie the game at 1 in the top of the second, but West Salisbury started pulling away.

In the bottom of the second, an error and a walk led to Dechert's RBI double and Ryan Aebly's RBI groundout for a 3-1 West Salisbury advantage. Seth Windmuller doubled and scored on a two-out single by Brian Kragler to make it 4-1 in the third.

In the fourth, Scott McGiffin singled and Dechert followed with a two-run homer, ending Philip Pietro's night on the mound.

"He threw OK but he might have been tired from the game he threw Saturday," Hornbecker said. "I give their hitters credit. They did a nice job hitting the ball. They put it in play and scored some runs."

Craig East's two-run double and Dechert's two-run single made it 10-1 in the fifth. Federal got three back in the sixth on singles by Charles Cvijanovich and Pietro and a three-run blast by Andrew Yacyk, but by then it was too little, too late.

"We had a great group of kids, a lot of 12-year-old leadership," Hornbecker said. "We took Federal somewhere they've never been before, and we're very happy."

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