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National eliminates American

June 30, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- National came back from the edge of elimination Tuesday night, rallying for four runs in the fourth inning to beat American 6-3 in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament on Tuesday.

"It's all because of our defense, that's why we were still in the game," said Dawson Hottinger, who scored two runs for National. "We were just hoping for the rally so we could get back on the field."

Hottinger tied the game with a single to score Jordan Row from third. Timmy Townsend followed up with an RBI double and Hottinger scored on an error to put National ahead, 5-3. Brock Penn plated Townsend with an RBI double of his own.

"I was starting to get nervous up until the fourth inning, because the hitting and pitching weren't clicking," said National coach David Hutzler, "But like I said before, the kids never gave up or lost their composure, and that's what's important. We're a much more disciplined team from last year and it's showing. I'm so proud of them."

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Cameron Dorsey pitched a masterful game, lasting four innings while giving up three runs on one walk and four strikeouts before reaching the 75-pitch limit.

"It was all about my mechanics, I think that's why I had a good game," said Dorsey. "The other team was solid, but Dawson started the rally, and I just had to shut them down for a while."

Hottinger relieved Dorsey and pitched two scoreless innings to shut down American.

American pitcher Quiezhee Gantt took the complete-game loss, walking two and striking out two. Two of American's three runs came on errors, while Gantt helped his cause by knocking in Charles Summerville.

"We're taking the loss well. It's tough, but my boys' attitudes were up the whole game," said American coach Dave Hardman, "I'm giving National credit, they played a good tourney. I wish them all the luck in the world, and we'll be back next year."

National travels to West End for an elimination game tonight at 6.

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