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Sharpsburg moves on in 9-10 play

June 29, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — For the Sharpsburg 9-10 All-Stars, it was the best of times. Especially after the worst just a few days ago.

“Its been rough, since losing our manager last Friday,” Sharpsburg coach Steve Mason said, “But we never died.”

Sharpsburg overcame adversity to eliminate Hancock from the District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament 14-4 in five innings Wednesday, earning a trip to Federal tonight at 6 p.m. for another elimination game.

Hancock took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Evan Gordon drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on Josh Golden’s single. A passed ball put him on third and Ethan Souders’ ground out to first provided the needed distraction to get Gordon across the plate.

Sharpsburg struck back immediately. Dalton Shank hit a single to get things going, but was out at second on a fielder’s choice by T.J. Kalagher. Ben Burgan hit a single to advance Kalagher before Peyton Mason smacked a three-run shot over the fence in right-center field to make it 3-1 Sharpsburg.

“I knew it was gone because I hit it pretty hard,” Mason said.

Hancock threatened again in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and one down, Gordon was called out on the infield fly rule. The runners tried to advance when the ball was dropped, but Justice Allen was thrown out at home to end the surge.

Sharpsburg kept it going in the bottom of the second. After two quick outs, Max Crist singled and Shank walked. Kalagher and Burgan reached on consecutive errors that scored Crist and Shank. Mason hit a long single to left that brought in Kalagher, making it 6-1.

In the Hancock third, Josh Golden was hit by a pitch Souders belted a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 6-3.

Sharpsburg kept it coming in the fourth. Shank reached on his second single of the night, but was erased on another fielder’s choice by Kalagher. Burgan, Mason and Aaron Hartle drew a walk each to bring in Kalagher for a 7-3 lead. Jon Grimm then hit a two-run single and advanced to second on an error in the outfield. An unassisted fielder’s choice at first plated Hartle, making it 10-3.

Hancock got one run back in the top of the fifth, but Sharpsburg ended things quickly in the bottom. Shank reached on an error and went to second on a passed ball. The bases were loaded again after Kalagher reached on an error and Mason drew a walk. Hartle hit a two-run double and Grimm hit a blooper into right that bounced off the fielder’s glove, scoring Mason and Hartle to end the game on the mercy rule.

“It was a great game,” coach Steve Mason said, “We’re just continuing to win innings.”

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