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Yacyk, Jobe deliver knockout blows

August 07, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

The pitcher-catcher tandem of Andrew Yacyk and Brandon Jobe was the 1-2 punch for Federal in Thursday's Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament winners' bracket final.

Yacyk hurled 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, had three hits and three runs scored and Jobe supplied the long ball with a pair of three-run homers as Federal crunched Conococheague 16-5.

"We've got five guys that are solid players and have seen the pressure coming up through the ranks," said Federal manager Bill Abeles. "Yacyk, Jobe, Crosse (Barvinchack) all have experience."

Federal rolled through four Conococheague pitchers on 11 hits, leading from the top of the first inning when it scored three runs.

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Yacyk had a one-out single, Zane Schreiber walked and, on the first pitch he saw from Brandon Toloso, Jobe launched a roundtripper for a quick 3-0 lead.

"In a game like this, it was important to get off to a fast start," said Abeles.

After Conococheague reached Yacyk for a run in the bottom of the first on a double by Jack Kelly that scored Nick Williams, Federal bounced back with two more runs in the second with an RBI single by Yacyk and sacrifice fly by Schreiber.

Federal began to put the game out of reach in the fourth with four runs.

Three errors and a walk began to unglue Conococheague, and Jobe made it 9-2 with a mammoth homer to left, giving him six RBIs.

Federal put a seven-spot up in the fifth inning, highlighted by Ryan Byard's two-run homer and a two-run double by Josh Moats. Yacyk also had a double.

Yacyk ran through his pitch count limit with two outs in the fifth before Ryan Kinter finished up, but not before yielding a three-run home run to Kelly.

The only hit Yacyk, called 'Big City' by his teammates, allowed was the first-inning double that he tipped as it went over his head and all the way through into center field.

"I've had (Andrew) for five years and he's such a wonderful leader in the dugout," said Abeles.

"I had a really good fastball and my changeup was working the whole game," said Yacyk. "I feel we can do it with our experience from last year. We just have to focus on the next games."

That will be on Monday when Federal will host the yet-to-be-determined losers' bracket survivor, which Conococheague would like to be with a better performance.

On the heels of its 11-3 victory over Halfway on Wednesday, it wasn't the same Conococheague team that took the field Thursday.

"We just didn't show up," said Conococheague manager Mike Renn. "We sensed it during Federal's batting practice. Yacyk pitched a great game and we just couldn't catch up with his pitches. We just didn't see the same Conococheague team out there, but we'll come back."

Adam Blenckstone added two hits for Federal and Jobe and Schreiber each scored three runs.

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