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Federal makes case for victory

June 30, 2009|By CONNER GILBERT

The Federal All-Stars came out swinging Monday and pounded out an 11-0 win over South Mountain at Murphy Field in a losers' bracket game in the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Federal's hitters started strong and never let up, producing 13 hits in the four-inning game.

"We're a good hitting team," said Federal manager Charlie Wood. "We came out playing strong."

Federal grabbed the lead right from the start.

Bryant Shives scored on a wild pitch and Malek Carey and Max Conrad followed with RBI doubles to give Federal a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning.

South Mountain had an opportunity to answer back in the bottom half of the first, putting two runners in scoring position with none out. But the next three South Mountain batters hit pop-ups to end the inning.

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Federal kept the bats warm in the second. Jayvien Sandridge led off with a home run to center field. Stephen Purcell and Brady Munson had RBI singles and Tim Kolb hit an RBI double down the left-field line. A pair of wild pitches scored Malek Carey and Munson to increase the Federal lead to 9-0.

South Mountain put two more runners on base with one out in the second, but a groundout and failed steal of home ended the scoring threat.

Federal went back to work in the third. Kaleb Corbin scored on a fielder's choice, while a passed ball brought home Myles Nicholson to give Federal an 11-0 lead.

The mercy rule ended the game after four innings.

"We don't have a big, power-hitting team," said Wood. "But we have kids who put the bat on the ball and have some speed."

Wood was also happy with the performance of Federal's pitchers.

"With the pitch count rules, you've got to use multiple pitchers," said Wood. "We were pleased by all of our guys being able to throw strikes and keep the South Mountain hitters off balance."

Nicholson, Conrad and Carey combined to pitch four innings, allowing only six baserunners and striking out four.

Federal hosts Valley for a winners' bracket game today at 6 p.m.

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