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National rolls past Maugansville

July 07, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — National scored 11 runs in the first two innings to get on track for a 15-8 win over Maugansville on Thursday night in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Baseball Tournament at Staley Park.

National will host a winners’ bracket game against Conococheague at 5 p.m. Saturday. Maugansville will play at Sharpsburg tonight at 6 in a losers’ bracket game.

“We just tried to take advantage of some walks and a couple of errors,” National manager Steve Wilson said. “We just basically got some runs on the scoreboard early in the game.”

Wilson said his team’s solid defensive play also contributed to the victory.

“We were able to play good defense to hold our lead,” Wilson said. “Maugansville hit the ball on the barrel. They had some real good shots. When we get a few runs, I have a little confidence that we can play on the defensive side of the ball. We are not weak defensively at any positions.”

National’s Lindsay Bedregal switched from second base to the pitcher’s mound with a couple of runners on and nobody out in the second inning. Bedregal finished the game for National with a stellar performance, allowing just two earned runs in five innings to pick up the win.

“Lindsay did a whale of a job,” Wilson said. “She has pitched to her potential every time that she has come in to pitch. She throws strikes and lets the defense play behind her.”

Sawyer Rachor finished with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored for National. Dawson Hottinger ended up with three runs scored and two RBIs for National.

National led the whole game as it got started with seven runs during the top of the first inning. With one out, Chandler Penn reached on an infield error. Penn moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Mitch Wilson walked and stole second as Penn scored on the play on a throwing error. One out later, Noah Hamburg walked. Bedregal doubled to left to drive in Wilson.

Hamburg scored when Rachor reached on an infield single, while Bedregal also scored on the play on an error. After Anthony Hodges walked, Hottinger singled to center to knock in Rachor. Hodges also came home on the play on a throwing error. McCoy Dutrow singled to center to drive in Hottinger.

Maugansville got two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Micky Haupt.

National added four runs in the top of the second to inflate its lead to 11-2. Rachor ripped a two-run double to right, while Hodges and Hottinger had an RBI grounder each.

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