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9-10 tourney: Heads-up call on coin flip helps Federal hightail to win

June 26, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Despite playing a third straight game at home, Federal Little League took the visitors route on Tuesday night.

Federal won the pregame coin toss and elected to bat first and came out with three runs to help set the tone in an 8-4 victory over Sharpsburg in a Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament winners’ bracket game.

“To win the toss was huge and to start the game putting runs on the board was big,” said Federal manager Tim Kolb.

Now, Federal will get its first taste of road life when it travels to Valley Wednesday at 6 in a winners’ bracket finalé. Valley defeated West End 7-6 on Tuesday.

“Get the first pitch out of the way and I’m sure the kids will respond,” said Kolb.

Against Sharpsburg, Federal responded to its first scoring opportunity with three in the first, with a little aid from Sharpsburg.

Todd Stocks walked and Brayden Kolb reached on an error to send Stocks to third. After Brayden Quirple hit a sacrifice fly for the RBI, Ben Caldwell followed by beating out an infield hit.

In the process, Brayden Kolb romped to third when Sharpsburg first baseman Peyton Mason threw wildly.

Caldwell moved up to second and then scored the third run on a single by Ian Selby.

“Getting the lead gives the pitcher an advantage right away,” said Tim Kolb. “We went as the visitors to play with a lead, to calm down.”

Sharpsburg, who will host American in a losers’ bracket game Wednesday, came back with a single run in the first when T.J. Kalagher walked and scored on a double by Mason.

But Sharpsburg left the bases loaded after Federal’s Stocks squirmed out of the jam with a strikeout and popout.

Kalagher had a run-scoring single in the second to make it a 4-2 game. Federal opened up the game with four runs in fourth inning.

Tyler Remsburg was hit by a pitch, Stocks reached on an infield single and Brayden Kolb delivered two runs with a double.

Quirple followed with a two-run homer and 7-2 lead.

Sharpsburg scored in the fourth for a 7-3 deficit on an infield RBI single by Josh DeRocher, but Stocks had a run-scoring single in the fifth for Federal.

Sharpsburg closed with a solo run in the sixth on a double by Kalagher and single by Michael Fotta.

“We left too many runners on base but still had some good two-out hits,” said Tim Kolb. “Sharpsburg is a good team. They kept pressure on us.”

Federal third baseman Dylan Watson had an excellent game in the field as he handled five plays flawlessly.

Federal had 10 hits, two each by Stocks, Brayden Kolb and Quirple, who had three RBIs. Kolb had two.

“We just couldn’t get the hit with the bases loaded in the first,” said Sharpsburg manager Steve Mason. “The kids played. Hitting was the only thing we didn’t do good tonight.”

Sharpsburg was held to seven hits, two by Kalagher.

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