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9-10 tourney: South Mountain pulls away from National

June 22, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — South Mountain broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning in a big way in its first-round matchup with National in the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament.

Aggressive baserunning allowed South Mountain to score five runs in the frame en route to a 10-5 victory.

Leadoff batter Eric Pettyjohn scored on an error to break the tie. Chase Dorsey scored on a wild pitch and Peyton Wescott stole home to stretch the lead to 8-5. Jacob Humbel and Matt Rogers capped off South Mountain’s scoring as each hit an RBI single.

“We go into every game with smart aggression,” said South Mountain manager Ron Humbel. “I rely on my third base coach, Tony McLean, to keep the boys running around the basepaths.”

National drew first blood in the first inning on an RBI single by Ethan Holobinko, but South Mountain answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Brady Robinson hit an RBI double, followed by an RBI single by Jacob Humbel and an RBI groundout by Rogers. Reese McLean scored on a rundown.

National answered with four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-4 lead, highlighted by a two-run single by Cory Griffin. Evan Row smacked an RBI single to right-center and later scored on a bases-loaded walk.

“We’ve got a bunch of good bats and we’ll keep our heads up,” said National manager Dan Bedregal. “We’ll come out on Monday and bat the way we have been, and we’ll press on.”

Reese McLean scored on a pass ball to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

South Mountain used a combination of six pitchers to get the victory. Noah Iager, Rogers, Jacob Humbel and Noah Livingston combined for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with six strikeouts and four walks.

“We’ve got a good eight pitchers and we use all of them. We’re confident in all of them and we’ll pitch all of them in this tournament,” said Ron Humbel.

South Mountain hosts Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m., while National will host the Hancock/Federal loser Monday at 6 p.m.

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