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Federal stays with simplicity

August 07, 2008|By CONNER GILBERT / Staff Correspondent

For the second straight game, the Federal All-Stars achieved their goal of playing sound, fundamental baseball.

"It was the same story," said Federal manager Bill Abeles. "It was the basic blocking and tackling of baseball."

Federal took advantage of relentless hitting, strong pitching and error-free defense to defeat Maugansville 11-1 in five innings in a Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament winners' bracket game at Kenneth E. Dudley Field. Federal hosts Conococheague today at 6 p.m.

"We have five players on the team who have seen this (before)," said Abeles. "They're experienced and they're used to a couple extra people in the stands and the extra pressure of tournament play."

Federal took the lead in the bottom of the first on Zane Schreiber's two-run home run over the scoreboard in right field. One batter later, Crosse Barvinchack's two-run homer to right put Federal up 4-0.

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Federal kept the runs coming in the second. Andrew Yacyk hit a towering solo shot to left-center field and Dalton Jobe hit an RBI triple off the fence in center to give Federal a 6-0 lead.

"Our hitters keep their head on the baseball and put the ball in play," said Abeles. "They get runs around."

Maugansville scored in the third when Richie Montgomery homered to right-center to make the score 6-1.

But Federal answered in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Byard hit an RBI double off the center-field fence, followed by Yacyk's RBI single to left to put Federal up 8-1.

In the fifth, Byard hit an RBI single to center and Jobe's two-run double ended the game on the 10-run rule.

Federal was helped by a strong start from Schreiber, who pitched a complete game, surrendering one run on two hits and two walks.

"Zane was hitting his spots," said Abeles. "Along with timely hitting, that is tough on an opponent."

Federal also showed off the leather, including a pair of smooth defensive plays at first by Yacyk.

"Andrew is one of the better defensive first basemen that Federal has seen in a long time," said Abeles.

As Federal continues in the tournament, Abeles said he's trying to keep things in perspective for his team.

"Every game is going to be tough, no matter what," he said. "We can only do well and let the chips fall where they may."

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