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Sharpsburg comes up short at 9-10 state tourney

July 16, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — Sharpsburg nearly had all the pieces in place to spark a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday in the Maryland 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Trailing by three runs with a man on second, Sharpsburg nearly placed another runner on first, which would have brought the tying run to the plate. Instead, a runner’s interference call ended the game and gave Berlin a 10-7 victory.

The back-and-forth contest was a drawn-out game that last well over 2 1/2 hours and had more than 230 pitches thrown in all.

Both teams traded the lead over the first two innings before a three-run third by Berlin gave it the lead for good.

Berlin wasted little time putting runs on the board. A fielding error by Sharpsburg plated Hayden Snelsire and a two-run double by Wes Powell put Berlin ahead 3-0.

Sharpsburg capitalized on three Berlin errors in the home side of the first to tie the game before Aaron Hartle stole home to put Sharsburg up by one, 4-3.

Tristan McDonough gave Berlin the lead back in the second with a single that scored two runs, and he later scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.

Sharpsburg got a run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by T.J. Kalagher to cut the lead to 6-5, but Berlin’s trifecta of runs in the third inning was enough to seal the contest despite the late-game drama.

McDonough hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third, with Jack Rosenberg beating the throw home. Kevin Beck took third on the throw, then scored as Sharpsburg tried unsuccessfully to retire McDonough at second.

With the litany of runs scored, each team had to use three pitchers. Berlin’s relievers outdueled Sharpsburg’s over the the final three innings to ice the game.

Sharpsburg will face the winner of Saturday’s late game between Four County and Hughesville on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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