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Late rally lifts Maugansville

June 30, 2010|By ANDREW MASON

MAUGANSVILLE -- Talk about a dramatic finish.

Maugansville rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, including three with two outs, to defeat Conococheague 10-9 on Tuesday evening in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 Little League 9-10 Tournament.

Jacob Carbaugh, who went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, capped the comeback with a walk-off, RBI single to break a 9-9 tie.

"Pretty clutch, pretty clutch," said Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh, the father of the hero. "I'm proud of him, that's all I can say. When it came down to it, he had to hit the ball, and that's what he did. Really, I'm proud of the whole team."

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Conococheague (1-2), which rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 9-6 lead, was one strike away from winning the game.

But it was two strikes too many.

With Conococheague leading 9-7 with two runners on base and two outs, Maugansville's Mark Spicher was down 0-2 in the count against reliever Trevor Knode. But suddenly it was discovered that Knode had reached the official limit of 75 pitches against the previous batter.

After a lengthy meeting on the field between the umpires, both managers and District 1 official Rick Carter, a new pitcher entered the game for Conococheague. But the 0-2 count stood.

Spicher maintained his composure, put the ball in play and reached on an error as a run scored to make it a 9-8 game. Brandon Gasaway then walked to load the bases and bring Jacob Carbaugh to the plate. After a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score, Carbaugh hit a shot up the middle to end it.

"It was wild," manager Jason Carbaugh said. "For 9- and 10-year-olds to keep their composure through all that and to come back and fight, it's just unbelievable."

"Tough to lose like that, especially with that incident," Conococheague manager Jeremy Knode said. "It took our momentum away. We had that 0-2 count and were ready to shut them down."

While Conococheague was eliminated from the tournament, Jeremy Knode will be suspended for two games for the pitch-count infraction the next time his team plays, which will be at the River City Classic next month.

"I take all the blame," he said.

Overall, though, it was a great game, featuring five lead changes.

For Maugansville, which plays at Sharpsburg today at 6 p.m., Spencer McNamee had two RBIs, Gasaway had two hits, Ben Gazzola and Ryan Wolfe each had an RBI single and Justin Akins had a single and a sacrifice fly.

For Conococheague, Dalton Blundell had an RBI double and an RBI single, Jaustin Itnyre also doubled and singled and Trevor Knode drew four walks and scored three runs.

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