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Sharpsburg vs. Maugansville: To be continued

July 01, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

SHARPSBURG -- Maugansville was one out away from an explosive win over Sharpsburg in five innings.

Holding an 18-8 lead, Maugansville needed to get out of the inning to continue along the Maryland District 1 Little League 9-10 Tournament trail.

Sharpsburg had other ideas and mounted a two-out, five-run rally that sent the game to the sixth inning. A matching five-run rally knotted the score at 18-all before darkness halted the losers' bracket game, which will continue tonight at 6 in the top of the seventh inning.

Sharpsburg turned into the shoulda-coulda-woulda team in the sixth. With the winning run at third, it was unable to finish off the night.

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"Wow, what an up and down game," said Sharpsburg manager Ben Gay. "We look at the positives of two five-run rallies, but we just couldn't get the winner across."

"It's a little letdown that we didn't put them away, one out away," said Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh. "I've never seen a game like this before."

Sharpsburg jumped on Maugansville with six runs in the first inning, but Maugansville eventually tied the game at 6 in the top of the third on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

Sharpsburg regained an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Max Crist, before Maugansville scored three in the top of the fourth on two errors and a Brandon Gasaway single for a 9-8 lead.

"We played better (than Tuesday) but we blew up defensively a little in the fourth inning," said Gay.

Maugansville rocked Sharpsburg for nine runs on eight hits in the top of the fifth, including a two-run double by Jared Caudell and run-scoring doubles by Mark Spicher and Justin Akins.

All three of Maugansville's pitchers had never thrown a pitch before, being used on Wednesday due to pitching regulations in two previous games.

Spicher was a yeoman, working into the fifth inning before reaching 75 pitches and leaving with one out and Dalton Shank on second base.

Gasaway was summoned and recorded a second out, but a third did not come until Sharpsburg tied the game.

In relief, Shank held Maugansville scoreless in the sixth to give his team another final shot.

Five hits and one error later, it was tied at 18 when Colton Bare delivered a two-run single to right against reliever Ryan Wolfe, who settled down to retire the final two batters.

"We had three pitchers out there today that had never thrown and (Sharpsburg) was aggressive, but our kids hung in there," said Carbaugh.

Maugansville had 15 hits, two each by Gasaway, Jacob Carbaugh, Spencer Martin, Justin Akins, Wolfe and Spicher. Gasaway had three RBIs.

Sharpsburg pounded out 22 hits, led by Shank's 5-for-5 effort. Kelton Brown and Bare each had four hits, Crist and Ben Burgan had three apiece and Lane Gay had two.

And for of that, the final chapter is still to be scripted tonight.

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