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Maugansville makes up for lost opportunity

June 30, 2009|By JACK HILL III

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

Maugansville had something to prove after last Friday's 10-9 heartbreaking loss to Clear Spring in the opening round.

Maugansville came out and made a statement on Monday with 14 runs in the the first three innings. And that was good enough for a 14-3 win to eliminate Sharpsburg in 3 1/2 innings in the Maryland District I 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Maugansville stays alive in the double-elimination tournament and will play at American tonight at 6.

"The boys played real hard tonight and they never gave up," Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh said. "I think they had a lot to prove after their tough loss to Clear Spring. Our goal for tonight was to start the game with very aggressive baserunning. Our players wanted to prove that we have a good team. We wanted to give 100 percent and show how well that we play."

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Catcher Steve Eyler led Maugansville with two hits and two RBIs. Winning pitcher Jacob Carbaugh also drove in two runs.

Kelton Brown had two hits for Sharpsburg (0-2).

Maugansville opened with five runns in the bottom of the first.

Brett Fogle led off with a double to center and took third on a wild pitch. Wallech walked and stole second. One out later, Clemmer walked to load the bases. Both Fogle and Wallech scored when Akins reached on a fielding error.

After Eyler walked to reload the bases, both Carbaugh and Bray Burkholder drew bases-loaded walks to bring home two more runs. Another out later, Akins scored when Fogle reached on an infield error.

Maugansville added three runs in the second to boost the lead to 8-0. Akins and Eyler got run-scoring singles, while Carbaugh had a RBI fielder's choice grounder.

After Sharpsburg got three runs in the top of the third, Maugansville answered back with six runs for the final margin of victory.

"Our defense just wasn't there tonight," Sharpsburg manager Greg Elmy said. "We just made too many errors tonight. Our pitching was pretty good, but we just didn't have the defense behind them. We were finally putting the bat on the ball tonight. Maugansville made a few good defensive plays to stop some rallies."

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