9-10 tourney: Federal pours it on against Clear Spring

June 22, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Federal's Braden Kolb slides safley into home plate as the ball gets away from Clear Spring's Mike Myers in the second inning Friday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Federal got hits from all 11 of its players to come away with an 18-0 victory over Clear Spring on Friday in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament.

The game was stopped after four innings because of the 10-run rule.

Federal will host Hancock on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the second round.

“The way they came out and hit the ball was phenomenal,” Federal manager Tim Kolb said. “All 11 ballplayers had hits tonight and you can’t ask for anything more than that. When you can get hits from one through 11, that is phenomenal. When you hit the ball, you are going to score runs. When you can put the ball in play, you can put the pressure on the other team and good things will happen.”

Catcher Ben Caldwell, Federal’s cleanup hitter, came through with three hits, five RBIs and three runs scored. One of Caldwell’s hits was a two-run homer in the top of the first inning that gave Federal a 2-0 lead.

“I was just trying to hit a line drive, but it went over the fence,” Caldwell said. “We hit the ball hard and we just kept doing it over and over again. That win was amazing. We couldn’t do it without the bats.”

Dylan Watson finished with three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs for Federal, while Braden Kolb had two RBIs and two runs scored.

Toddie Stocks and Braydon Quirple combined to pitch a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts for Federal. Stocks hurled the first three innings and threw the first two pitches in the fourth before coming out of the game when he reached the pitch count limit. Quirple then came on to pitch the final inning.

Leadoff batter Carson Poffenberger had a pair of singles for Clear Spring’s only two hits.

“I was happy with the way that our pitcher, Toddie Stocks, came out and attacked the strike zone,” Kolb said. “He moved the ball in and out. He was throwing ahead in the count all night long and that definitely helped him.”

Federal exploded for eight runs in the second to build a 10-0 advantage. Kyle Corley clubbed a two-run double and Kolb ripped a RBI double. Ian Selby and Watson added an RBI single each.

Federal added four more runs in the third to increase its advantage to 14-0. Caldwell had the big hit of the inning with a two-run single.

Federal got its final four runs in the fourth to boost the lead to 18-0. Michael Keats had a two-run single for the big hit of the inning.

Federal also shined defensively, not committing an error.

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