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Maugansville moves on in winners' bracket

July 09, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- The Maugansville All-Stars picked up where they left off Tuesday when their Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament game against Hancock resumed after being suspended by rain Monday.

Leading 9-4 in the bottom of the third when play was stopped, Maugansville tacked on three runs in both the third and fifth innings and sent Hancock into the losers' bracket with a 15-5 victory.

The win moves Maugansville into a winners' bracket semifinal matchup against Federal, the defending district champion, tonight at 6 at Federal.

"Our boys played real hard and they showed that they can hit the ball," Maugansville manager Rich Montgomery said. "I was real proud of them. I think that was good for our boys to get a big lead early in the game. I have a lot of confidence in my kids. They are practicing hard and they are playing up to their potential."

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Derek Herbert started Tuesday's action with a double to center to send Richie Montgomery, who singled and was left on first when play was halted Monday, to third. John Britton walked to load the bases.

One out later, Brandon Haupt singled to center to drive in Montgomery and Herbert scored on an outfield error. Britton then came home on a wild pitch to give Maugansville a 12-4 advantage.

Hancock got one back in the top of the fifth when Tristan Douglas came home on a sacrifice fly to left by Tanner Faith.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Maugansville's Trent Sauble reached on a fielding error and Haupt walked. Taylor Shank doubled to center to knock in Sauble and Logan Beal stroked a two-run single to left to drive in Haupt and Shank and end the game via the 10-run rule.

"We just never got our stride," Hancock manager Dennis Douglas said. "We just couldn't hit the ball the way that we could. Hopefully, it was just first-game jitters. I think that we'll hit the ball better in the next game."

Herbert gave up just three hits and three earned runs in five innings to get the win for Maugansville (2-0). Herbert also had three hits and two RBIs, while leadoff hitter Cory Staubs finished with three hits and five RBIs.

Faith and Tanner Manning each had two RBIs for Hancock, which plays an elimination game at Sharpsburg tonight at 6.

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