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Hancock gets late rally

July 14, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG -- Hancock pulled away in the late innings for a 12-4 victory that eliminated Sharpsburg from the Maryland District 1 11- 12 Tournament on Tuesday night.

Hancock (4-1) travels to Federal tonight at 6 in a losers' bracket game.

"We got a little slow start tonight with our bats," Hancock manager Dennis Douglas said. "But we got good pitching from Connor Litton and Brad Younker in relief. When they got runners in scoring position, we beared down and got the outs at the key times of the game."

Litton allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings to get the win, while Younker gave up only one earned run in 1 2/3 innings of work.

The game was a scoreless tie after two innings before Hancock took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.

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Hunter Murray, the No. 9 hitter, clubbed a solo homer to center with one out. Hancock added the other two runs on a double steal and n RBI double by Litton.

Sharpsburg tied the game with three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Zayne Blickenstaff, an RBI single by Alex Wetzel and a wild pitch.

Hancock took a 6-3 lead in the fifth on a two-run double by Tristan Douglas and Casey Elbin's groundout.

Sharpsburg got a run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Wetzel.

Hancock put the game away with six runs in the sixth, highlighted by Murray's one-out, RBI triple. Tristen Douglas and Wolford added RBI singles and Trent Rider hit an RBI double.

Tristan Douglas ended up with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.

"We just got beat by a better team tonight," Sharpsburg manager Ronnie Stewart said. "We played with a lot of heart tonight. Look out for us next year. We'll be back."

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