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Federal uses usual formula to oust Halfway

July 02, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY -- Federal scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeeze out a 10-9 win and eliminate Halfway on Thursday in a Maryland District I 9-10 Tournament losers' bracket game.

With one out in the seventh, Federal leadoff batter Myles Nicholson singled to center and stole second. Nathan Kline followed with a game-winning RBI single to right to drive in Nicholson.

"When we had our No. 9 and No. 1 hitters coming up, we knew that we had a chance to win because of our speed," Federal manager Charlie Wood said. "If one of them got on, I was sure that they would be able to steal second. I had confidence in our lineup with the way that we were hitting the ball. I had a feeling that Nathan Kline or somebody in the middle of the lineup was going to drive that run in."

Federal travels to National tonight at 6 p.m., for another losers' bracket game.

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Halfway tied the game at 9-9 in the sixth when Bryce Ruppenthal clubbed a three-run homer to left-center.

It was the only three runs Federal relief pitcher Brady Munson allowed in 4 2/3 innings of work in collecting the win.

"Brady Munson just did an excellent job of throwing strikes and keeping their hitters off-balanced," Wood said. "If you take away that three-run homer, he would have had 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief."

Munson, Nicholson and Kline banged out three hits each for Federal. Kline drove in three runs and Munson scored three runs.

Ruppenthal had two hits and four RBIs for Halfway. Donnie Travis, Ryan Downs, Brandon Gooden and Dylan Cline also got two hits each for Halfway.

Halfway jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first on Ruppenthal's RBI single, a bases-loaded walk and two wild pitches.

Halfway built a 6-0 lead with two runs in the third when Harrison Barger got a RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch.

Federal got its first two runs in its half of the third on a wild pitch and a RBI single by Max Conrad.

Federal scored five runs in the fourth to take the lead at 7-6 on an RBI single by Nicholson, a two-run single by Malik Carey and a pair of throwing errors.

Federal added two runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 9-6 on a two-run double by Kline.

"Both teams played a great game and they really battled," Halfway manager Troy Keller said. "We hung in there, but they came through at the end."

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