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National stays alive, beats Maugansville

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

Mitchell Wilson and Chandler Penn combined on a one-hitter to help National eliminate Maugansville 6-3 Wednesday night in a Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers' bracket game.

National will return to action Friday when it will host the winner of the losers' bracket game between Federal and Halfway. That game was suspended in the first inning Wednesday with Federal leading, 3-2. The game will be completed today.

Wilson retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced and finished with 10 strikeouts to set the tone for the game.

After Wilson walked the first batter in the sixth, Penn came on in relief to finish the game, striking out two.

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"Mitchell was able to throw strikes and keep his pitch count down. That's the first time he has completed five innings in any game this year," National coach Steve Wilson said. "We had some key defensive plays to back him up."

National scored twice in the bottom of the first inning.

Noah Hamburg reached on a fielding error to start the rally. One out later, Wilson reached on an infield single and Colton Repp reached on a fielder's choice where everybody was safe to load the bases. With two outs, Anthony Hodges was hit by a pitch to force home Hamburg. Lindsey Bedregal then drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Wilson.

National added three more runs in the second to boost its lead to 5-0. Dawson Hottinger and Hamburg hit singles to center before each moved up a base on a wild pitch. Hottinger came home when Penn reached on a throwing error. Hamburg scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Wilson and Penn came around to score on an errant pickoff attempt.

National got its last run in the third to go up 6-0. Hamburg walked with two outs, took second on a wild pitch and came home when Penn reached on a fielding error.

Maugansville (2-2) scored its first two runs on its only hit in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Zach Toth.

Maugansville got its final run in the sixth when Reid Wallech stole home.

"We got started a little slow," Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh said. "But the kids never gave up and I am proud of them for that. You have to give Mitchell Wilson a lot of credit for the way that he pitched tonight. What impressed me the most about his pitching was his speed and his control. He kept his cool out there on the mound. He never got frustrated."

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