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9-10 tourney: Selby explodes for 3 HRs, 10 RBIs as Federal bullies way over Valley

June 27, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Federal's Dylan Watson, right, calls for time after sliding into third base safely, just beating the tag of Valley's Donny Borum on Wednesday during the third inning of the Maryland District 1 9-10 tournament winners' bracket final. Federal scored a 20-8 win to move into the championship round.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CHEWSVILLE — Ben Caldwell drove in six runs for Federal on Wednesday night.

That was only second-best on the team.

Ian Selby knocked in 10 runs with three home runs and a single to lead Federal’s 20-8 romp over Valley in the Maryland District 1 9-10 winners’ bracket final.

The victory gives Federal a break until Saturday when it will host the opening game of the championship round at 6 p.m.

“We expect to get power from these two in the middle of the lineup,” said Federal manager Tim Kolb. “We can explode anytime for runs.”

Caldwell put Federal on top with a three-run home run in the top of the first. Quick, early leads are something Federal has relied on in its first four wins, leading to 59 runs.

Valley scored twice in the first and then tied it at 3-all in the second on a solo home run by Ryan Jones.

Then, Selby went to work on Valley’s pitching.

After Brayden Kolb singled and Caldwell walked to start the top of the third, Selby launched the first pitch from Matt Eyler on a rope to center field for a two-out, three-run homer for a 6-3 lead, one Federal never relinquished.

Federal scored two more runs before Valley answered with three in the bottom of the third to trail only 8-6. Eyler doubled to drive in two runs for Valley.

Selby keyed Federal’s three-run fourth with a two-run single and then followed a two-run single by Caldwell in the fifth with a two-run shot as Federal bolted to a 16-7 advantage.

In the sixth, with the help of three Valley errors, Selby put the final touches on his big night with a stinger down the right-field line for another three-run blow.

“I was seeing the ball really good tonight,” said Selby, coming out of a mini-slump. “The last one was outside and I tried to drive it that way. But it’s really all about the team. We got to the championship round and that was our goal.”

Selby was also the winning pitcher, going the first three innings. Brayden Kolb finished with three innings, allowing one run with three strikeouts.

Of Federal’s 15 hits, Caldwell and Selby each had four, while Todd Stocks had three.

Neither team played well defensively with six errors on each side. Valley’s mistakes were magnified, something manager Chris Dorsey hopes to address.

“We worked through it in the wins against South Mountain and West End, but you just can’t make mistakes against a team like Federal,” said Dorsey. “We probably gave them about eight extra at-bats with our errors and they made them count.”

Valley managed 10 hits, two each from Danny Borum, Connor Dorsey, John Carter and Eyler.

Valley fell into the losers’ bracket and will host a game on Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of American-West End.

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