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National wins are Classic

May 31, 2009|By JACK HILL III

The Mid-Atlantic All-Star Baseball Classic was a really big show.

Not only did the showcase at Municipal Stadium feature big high school baseball players, it also featured the big inning. And it was a National event.

It started with National putting up a nine-run first inning to pave the way to a 13-6 win over American in the Senior Stars game. Not to be outdone, the National put together a seven-run seventh in the nightcap to pull away for a 14-8 win in the MABC Elite Game.

"It is good to give seniors one extra game to showcase their talents," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives, who managed the American Elite team. "I think that shows you the character of these kids. There was no quit in these kids. It has been a pleasure today to be a part of this. It is good for the community and the surrounding area."

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The National Elite took a 1-0 lead in the first with a two-out rally started with a single by St. Maria Goretti's J.J. O'Neill. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left by Joey Couch.

National added four runs in the second to build a 5-0 lead on a two-run single by Jake Ringold, a throwing error and an RBI single by Chris Cook for one of his three hits.

American scored a run in the third on an RBI double by Smithsburg's Josh Conway and a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Clear Spring's Josh Green to cut the deficit to 5-2.

After National answered with a run in the fifth, American put up two runs in the bottom half on an error and an RBI single by South Hagerstown's Joey Miller to narrow the gap to 6-4.

National Elite put the game away with the seven-run seventh, highlighted by a grand slam to center by game MVP Nick Hallis of Liberty.

Boonsboro catcher Sean Colgan had three hits and two RBIs to be named MVP of the Senior Stars game.

"That 9-0 lead was a good way to get the game started for us," Colgan said. "Everybody was swinging the bats. They weren't just watching pitches."

Smithsburg's Kyle Orndorff provided the only run in the first seven innings for American with an RBI single in the third. Americans cored its other five runs in the eighth.

"I think we made the event very successful," said Dave Foltz, the Classic's executive director. "We had top-notch players and that brought out a nice crowd. I thought the play today was outstanding, especially the hitting. You can't beat that."

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