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Sharpsburg stays alive in 11-12 tourney

July 09, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG — Sharpsburg’s 11-12 All-Stars surged to a 12-8 win over Maugansville in the Maryland Little League Baseball District 1 Tournament losers’ bracket Saturday.

Sharpsburg advances to play host to Hancock — a 10-8 winner over Clear Spring — in an elimination game today at 2 p.m.

Maugansville took an early lead 3-0, scoring one run in the first inning on Brett Fogle’s RBI double and adding two more in the second on RBIs by Reid Wallech and Justin Akins.

However, Sharpsburg came alive with a huge second inning, scoring eight runs to gain a lead which it would not relinquish. With the bases loaded and two outs, starting pitcher Kelton Brown scored from third on a passed ball which moved Zach Holder to third and Matt Harsh to second. Lane Gay scored Holder with an RBI single, Austin Getridge plated Harsh and Gay with a triple, and Jordan Churchey singled in Getridge to put Sharpsburg up 5-3.

“Our bats came back to life in this game. Just in time, too,” said Sharpsburg manager Joe Harsh.

Blaine Morris and Colton Bare walked to reload the bases and an outfield error cleared the bags to extend Sharpsburg’s lead to 8-3.

Maugansville got two runs back in the third on Brandon Gasaway’s RBI double and an error that scored Jacob Carbaugh, but Getridge answered back for Sharpsburg in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer to left-center. Getridge had a game-high five RBIs.

“Austin’s got a nice stick on him. He swung the bat well today,” said Harsh.

 Maugansville had one last rally in the top of the fifth inning. Three straight singles by Carbaugh, Steve Eyler and Gasaway loaded the bases and chased Brown, and Ryan Wolfe smacked a three-run single off of Bare who came on in relief. A walk and another single by Micky Haupt reloaded the bases, but Bare escaped the inning with a flyout.

“It was a tough game, but we didn’t give up,” said Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh. “We missed our opportunity in the fifth with the bases loaded.”

Bare locked down the sixth inning to preserve the win.

“Kelton gave it his all, he pitched a magnificent game,” said Harsh. “Colton pitched some nice relief, too.”

Brown had four strikeouts in four innings and Bare had three strikeouts in relief.

Carbaugh had some parting words for his players.

“I want to tell them to keep their heads up and enjoy playing baseball while they still can,” said Carbaugh.

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