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Sharpsburg's days numbered by Four County

July 17, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — The Sharpsburg 9-10 All-Stars found themselves trying to overcome a deficit once again on Sunday in the Maryland State tournament.

And once again, they came up just short.

Sharpsburg failed in a prime chance to win after tying the losers’ bracket game in the sixth before being eliminated in a 12-9 loss to Four County in eight innings.

“We got that tying run with the bases loaded but we just couldn’t get that last one over the plate,” said Sharpsburg manager Steve Mason.

Sharpsburg fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first inning when Four County’s Jonathan Money laced a three-run double to left field and scored on the play on a throw to third base.

Four County added two more runs in the third inning on hits by Money and Sam Smith.

Sharpsburg cut the deficit to 6-2 in the third as a Four County error scored Dalton Shank and T.J. Kalagher.

Four County extended the advantage with three runs in the fifth to stretch the lead to 9-2.

“We just kept battling out there. Our kids never hung their heads or gave up,” said Mason.

Ben Burgan hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to ignite Sharpsburg’s offense. Peyton Mason smacked a double to center field before giving way to  pinch runner Max Crist, who scored on a passed ball. Josh DeRocher scored Jon Grimm on a grounder to move Sharpsburg within 9-6.

Sharpsburg forged the tie as three-straight Four County errors scored Shank, Kalagher and Burgan to tie the game at 9. Sharpsburg loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but couldn’t push the winning run across the plate.

“Today the breaks just didn’t go our way and that happens sometimes in the game of baseball,” said Mason.

Four County scored three runs in the eighth — including two on Max Proctor’s single — to salt away the victory.

“We played hard this season and our 9 year olds have another shot at it next season,” said Mason.

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