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South Mountain rallies to beat Maugansville

July 10, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- South Mountain was sent to the losers' bracket after a walk-off home run on Wednesday.

It was table-turning time Friday for South Mountain as it rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-7 win over Maugansville in a Maryland District 1 Little League 11-12 Tournament elimination game.

Eric Brabson doubled home the go-ahead run in sixth inning to give South Mountain the 6-5 lead.

"I was a little nervous (at the plate)," Brabson said. "I thought it was a good hit and I was really happy after it because we just went ahead."

Brabson's double was his most clutch hit of the day, but his biggest hit came in the second inning when he smacked a three-run homer to center field, helping him recover from a shaky first inning on the mound.

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"I was frustrated because I didn't pitch well at first," Brabson said. "But I knew we had to get back into the game."

South Mountain took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Cory Woodhams was issued a bases-loaded walk and Jeremy Hardy was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Maugansville rebounded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Matt Shipley connected on a two-run base hit and later scored on a throwing error. Joey Fisher also scored on a fielder's choice.

After Brabson's homer put South Mountain back in front, Maugansville's J.J. Clemmer hit a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game at 5.

"It was a fantastic Little League game that could've gone either way," Maugansville manager Brad O'Connor said. "I thought the momentum was on our side at the end, but things just didn't go our way."

Brabson's RBI double broke the tie in the sixth inning and Matt Crisci singled in a run, with Brabson scoring on a throwing error on the play to give South Mountain an 8-5 lead.

Maugansville's Jordan Davis' two-run double in the bottom of the sixth put them within one run. Davis advanced to third on a wild pitch but was tagged out by Devin Griffith after inadvertently stepping off the bag.

"(Griffith) made an instinctive play there," South Mountain manager Brad Keller said.

Crisci earned the save for South Mountain when he struck out Clemmer for the third out.

"That was us other the other night. I tip my cap to those guys. They play the game the right way," Keller said.

South Mountain plays at Federal today at 2 p.m. in another elimination game.

"I'm just taking it an inning at a time and see where we go," Keller said.

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