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Federal comes out swinging

July 07, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Federal's Ryan Brown (7) jumps on home plate following his two-run home run in the second inning of Tuesday's Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament game against West End.
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Federal manager Barry Brown said his players were confident they could hit well entering the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament.

Brown has to hope they continue to do as well as Tuesday night when they collected 18 hits and a 21-3 victory over West End in the 11-12 opener.

"We've been together since June 18 and the kids have been chomping at the bit to get going," said Brown. "They have confidence they can hit well."

Justin Smith, Myles Nicholson, Ryan Brown and Malik Carey each had three hits, while Smith, Brown and Daimen Nave each slammed home runs to lead the onslaught.

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It started with a two-out, three-run rally in the first inning, with two runs coming on Nave's homer.

Federal followed with four in the second on two-run homers by Smith and Brown and continued with seven runs in each of the next two innings to stop the game via the 10-run rule after four innings.

"We've got a great attitude and we've got some speed at the top of the lineup," said Barry Brown.

Federal used four pitchers, with Ryan Brown, Smith and Malik Carey each staying at or under the 20-pitch limit which affords them the opportunity to pitch again tonight.

With Nave finishing things off on the mound, West End failed to get a base hit, scoring an unearned run in the second and a pair in the third on three hit batters and a walk.

West End also helped Federal with poor fielding and errant tosses, resulting in five chargeable errors.

"I know we can play better," said manager Tom Stevenson. "We just watched the ball go by. (Federal) is a very good team, but we missed some routine balls, flyout balls."

Smith and Ryan Brown each had four RBIs and Nicholson had three. The top five hitters in Federal's batting order went 14 for 20 and scored 13 runs.

Federal will host Hancock, a team that won 9-10 state title two years ago, tonight at 6.

"(Hancock) is a very good team with a lot of talent," said Barry Brown. "They've got some pitching. We'll be ready and here to play."

West End drops into the losers' bracket and will host Valley on Thursday at 6.

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