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Hancock rallies past Federal

June 25, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

Hancock rallied back from a five-run deficit Saturday afternoon and upended Federal 6-5 in seven innings in a Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament winners’ bracket game.

Brady Day hit the game-winning single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to lift his team to the victory.

Eaven Gordon was hit by a pitch, Gabriel Stotler walked and Justice Allen reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases for Day.

“We knew they were going to give us all they had,” said Hancock manager John Smith. “But I thought we had a chance to come back.”

Federal jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

Mikey Thomas singled in the first run for Federal. After Brayden Quirple walked and Nate Binkley reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases, Camden Casey hit a grand slam to give Federal the 5-0 lead.

Federal loaded the bases again in the inning, but Day tagged out Jaylenn Williams to end the rally.

“We hit the ball well, they just made some outstanding defensive plays,” Federal manager Dennis Corapi said.

Hancock began to chip away at Federal’s lead. Cooper Grove picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice to put Hancock on the board in the bottom of the second, and Stotler’s RBI double in the third pulled Hancock within three runs.

Hancock tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth. Golden scored on Brandon Lynch’s fielder’s choice, Allen singled in Ethan Souders and Gordon scored on a throwing error.

“The bats weren’t working early for us,” Smith said. “But we woke up at the end and got hits when it mattered.”

Lynch was also superb on the mound, pitching four innings for the win. He allowed no runs and only three hits while fanning eight and walking just two.

“(Lynch) is one of our aces,” Smith said. “I was almost sure they couldn’t score on us if he was in there. We wanted to score some runs, then get him into the game to shut them down.”

Federal will play at Halfway on Monday, while Hancock will host Conococheague on Tuesday. Both games start at 6 p.m.

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