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Basic instincts - Federal uses simple approach for win

August 07, 2008|By CONNER GILBERT / Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE - When a team does the little things right, big things will come.

"We did a good job of basics in the game," said Federal All-Stars manager Bill Abeles. "I always tell the team to minimize extra outs and extra bases."

By minimizing, Federal maximized its performance in an 11-2 win over Valley in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament at Aaron Steiner Field.

Federal put together a pair of big innings to build a substanial lead.

In the bottom of the second, Federal scored four runs after loading the bases, using a fielder's choice, walk, wild pitch and passed ball for the 4-0 lead.

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In the third, Nick Karlen hit an RBI single, followed by Josh Moats' three-run homer to right-center field.

"Josh Moats had two very solid hits," said Abeles. "He came off the bench as a strong sub."

Two batters later, Andrew Yacyk hit a solo homer to right field. After three walks loaded the bases, Josh Barron issued a walk to score Zane Schreiber, putting Federal up 10-0.

After a rain delay, Valley responded in the fourth. Bryan Tracey grounded an RBI single to center and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 10-2.

Federal answered in the bottom half of the inning on Mark Grunberg's run-scoring single, giving Federal an 11-2 lead.

While Federal's offense was churning out runs, its pitching was just as dominating.

Yacyk pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out 11 batters without walking a batter. Ryan Kinter added an inning of relief, collecting two strikeouts.

"I'm very pleased with Yacyk and Dalton (Jobe), our catcher," Abeles said. "They are two super kids who have done everything we ask."

Abeles said he was proud with the way his players kept their heads in the game after the rain delay.

"It's tough to keep 12-year-old kids focused," said Abeles. "We struggled a little bit at the end, but I'm proud of them. Valley is a well-coached, very solid team."

Abeles said he knows that if his team plays passionately and fundamentally sound, they will continue to find success.

"We need to keep our enthusiasm," he said. "And good things tend to happen."

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