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Manning hits two home runs as Hancock shakes free of Sharpsburg

July 10, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG -- Tanner Manning must really like milkshakes.

He hit two home runs Wednesday, including a dramatic solo shot to center in the bottom of the sixth inning, to lift Hancock to a thrilling 7-6 win over Sharpsburg in a Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament losers' bracket game.

"My teammate's mom owns an ice cream shop," Manning said. "She said if I hit a home run, then I would get a free milkshake.

"It feels good. We have a good chance to do good in the tournament. All of our players are really doing good. They are really trying and they are making all of the plays."

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Hancock, which did not commit an error, will play at Valley tonight at 6 p.m.

"When it comes down to it, Tanner Manning has the power when we need it," Hancock manager Dennis Douglas said. "He makes it count when it is on the line. We're coming around. We're hitting the ball a little better. We will hit it even better tomorrow, I promise. We are making the plays out there in the field."

Manning came through with four RBIs, three runs scored and three hits for Hancock (1-1).

Hancock relief pitcher Tanner Faith struck out six in 3 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs to get the win.

"Tanner Faith did a good job of pitching in relief," Douglas said. "He did a good job of keeping Sharpsburg from getting the big hits. Sharpsburg played an excellent game."

Ashton Binkley had two hits and Brad Enfield added two RBIs for Sharpsburg (0-2).

"Our boys showed a lot of heart in coming back and going ahead," Sharpsburg manager Bobby Enfield said. "The long ball was the difference. It was a highly competitive game tonight."

Manning's first home run was a two-run shot to center in the first that gave Hancock a 2-0 lead.

Sharpsburg got one run in the second and three more runs in the top of the third to go in front 4-2.

Hancock scored one run in the bottom of the third to reduce the deficit to 4-3 when Manning came home on a throwing error.

Hancock got two more runs in the fourth to go ahead 5-4 on an RBI double by Tristan Douglas and an RBI single by Manning.

Sharpsburg regained the lead at 6-5 in the top of the fifth on a two-run double to center by Enfield.

Hancock tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth when Cody Trunkle scored on an outfield error.

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