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Hancock scales South Mountain

June 28, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

CHESTNUT GROVE - The Hancock Little League All-Stars pounded out 14 hits at South County Park Friday and upended South Mountain 14-2 in the Maryland District I Senior Baseball Tournament.

The contest was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Hancock right-hander Justin Berkstresser pitched a nifty three-hitter - allowing just one hit after the first inning - and received plenty of offensive support.

"We have good hitting team and good team speed," Hancock manager Harry Lanehart said. "I was real pleased with the effort."

Hancock broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the third inning before putting the game out of reach with a seven-run explosion in the fourth.

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Hancock sent 12 batters to the plate in the decisive fourth. Joe Lashley collected two hits, while Logan True and Derrick Younker added run-producing doubles and David Weller added a single.

Berkstresser kept South Mountain off balance, primarily using his fastball.

He tired in the fifth inning, walking three straight batters, but was able to finish the contest.

"I was pleased with my pitching but I was tired in the fifth," Berkstresser said. "I threw a lot of pitches in that inning."

"He was one, two batters removed from leaving the game," Lanehart said.

Luke Trunkle led Hancock with four hits, while teammate David Weller drove in three runs.

Andrew Webber, Andy Sigler and Jeremy Hardy had the hits for South Mountain.

"I thought Andrew pitched a strong game," South Mountain manager Richard Marshall said.

Webber worked into the fourth inning and Hardy finished things up.

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