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Frederick's reputation exceeds Williamsport

July 15, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- "They're the best team in the district," said Williamsport Nationals coach Duane Myers.

Many have the same reaction when they are talking about Frederick.

It may have taken Frederick six innings to reach a 17-6 lead, but it piled on the runs from the start on Wednesday for the mercy rule victory over Williamsport at Williamsport High School in a Western Maryland District legion contest.

Frederick got its first two runs right from the get-go. Nick Meckins hit a single up the middle, advanced to third when Brady Wilson reached on an error. Both runners scored on Frank Zier's single.

Williamsport managed to get one run back in the first. Jared Ferguson singled and stole second. Josh Green hit his first of two singles in the game to move Ferguson to third to set up Sean Colgan's sacrifice fly to center.

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Frederick launched one of it's two big offensive innings in the third, scoring six times on four hits and four Williamsport errors.

Williamsport countered with a run in the third as Green walked and took third on Travis Sluger's double before scoring on Colgan's single to cut the deficit to 8-2.

Frederick added six runs in the fifth on five hits, including a two-run shot by Jimmy Lanning.

With a 14-2 score, Williamsport staved off an earlier finish with a rally. Ferguson started the comeback with a solo homer. Two batters later, Sluger followed with a two-run shot to right-center to move Williamsport within 14-5.

The comeback was short-lived.

Frederick tacked on another three runs in the sixthon a three-run blast by Wilson.

This time, the Nationals didn't have a complete answer.

Josh Cline gave the Nationals one last run with a solo homer to right, but it wasn't enough.

"(Frederick is) just an awesome hitting team," said Myers. "They should go pretty far."

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