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Federal dominates South Mountain

June 25, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

BOONSBORO - Justin Smith pitched a two-hitter and delivered a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning, leading the Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars to a convincing 13-0 win over South Mountain on Tuesday in the Maryland District 1 Tournament.

The game was called after four frames because of the 10-run rule.

While the left-handed Smith was dominant - recording seven stikeouts - he also had plenty of offensive support.

Federal collected 12 hits - including four by Ryan Brown and three more from Malik Carey. Carey finished the fourth inning on the mound after Smith reached his pitch limit.

"I felt good out there," Smith said. "I thought I had a good fastball and good control. I was surprised (by the margin of victory), but we have a good team."

Federal manager Tim Smith praised his ball club.

"We have some good bats, we'll just need some quality pitching efforts in the tournament," Smith said.

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Federal jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings, then closed the contest with an eight-run uprising in the fourth - sending 11 batters to the plate.

Brown started things with a double and Smith finished it off with a bases-clearing double into right-center field. In between, Damien Nave, Carey and Brown delivered RBI singles and Thomas Cremins added an RBI double.

"It wasn't our day," South Mountain manager Ron Hardy said. "We made too many mistakes on defense and our batters watched six pitches go by for the third strike."

Corey Debaugh and Spencer Griffin collected the lone hits for South Mountain.

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