Slugging Smithsburg Sluggers come up short

July 13, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

FREDERICK, Md. -- The Smithsburg U12 All-Stars motored their way to the Maryland Cal Ripken State final. On Monday, they ran out of gas.

After collecting a 3-1 record by scoring 44 runs in the early rounds of the tournament, Smithsburg sputtered as UMAC of Poolesville, Md. laid on a 12-2 decision to take the tournament title. Smithsburg finished third overall.

"For some of these guys, their little league career is over," Smithsburg coach Dale Reed said, "The younger guys are just hoping for next year now."

Seven districts were represented in the tournament, all winners of their regions. Smithsburg was the only representative of its region and earned an automatic bid to the tournament.


Smithsburg jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Cory Reed started the rally with a two-out walk. He rambled home four pitches later when Garrett Spinks laced a shot into the right-field corner that turned into and inside-the-park home run.

That was it for Smithsburg's offense. It only managed three hits in the game.

UMAC retaliated with two quick runs in the bottom the first. William Durr hit a two-run double with the bases loaded to tie the game.

UMAC added three runs in the second, highlighted by Andy Baker's two-run homer, to take a 5-2 lead.

UMAC adde a run in the third and six on four hits in the fourth to put the game away.

The third-place finish was Smithsburg's second best in the 11 years it has participated in the tournament. The All-Stars finished second in 2007.

Smithsburg's season isn't over yet. It will play in the Pen-Mar Tournament later this month.

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