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Federal finishes dominant 9-10 run

June 30, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Federal players Garrett Kercheval (7), Brayden Quirple (10) and Braden Kolb (1) celebrate their Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament championship moments after wrapping up Saturday's victory over West End.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars hoisted the Maryland District 1 championship banner after Saturday’s four-inning 15-0 shutout of West End.

Federal, which never trailed in any game in the tournament, once again jumped out to an early lead. Brayden Quirple’s two-run double highlighted a five-run first inning and Federal never looked back.

“I was a little worried since we hadn’t played since Wednesday. I thought that it may take a little while for us to get going,” said Federal manager Tim Kolb. “But our bats were going from the beginning. We never played from behind in this tournament and I think that helped us keep our legs under ourselves and play with confidence.”

Quirple added a third RBI to his total with a double in the second inning which plated Toddie Stocks. Quirple came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Ben Caldwell to stretch Federal’s lead to 7-0.

 West End’s lone run in the first inning was erased on an interference call. From there, West End was unable to get a runner past second base thanks to a superb pitching performance by Stocks, who struck out five and needed only 63 pitches.

“Our kids played their hearts out for six games in eight days. We just ran out of pitching. We were down to our last few pitchers,” said West End manager Mark Brown.

Federal took advantage of West End’s shaky pitching by plating eight runs in the fourth, highlighted by a three-run single by Braden Kolb. Caldwell, Jaylend Williams and Michael Keats each added an RBI in the frame.

“We played five nights in a row. That’s enough said right there. The kids fought and scratched but we ran into a real good team tonight,” Brown said. “We tip our caps to Federal. They’ll represent District 1 well in the states.”

Tim Kolb has put together a winning formula for his team, which he doesn’t expect to change in the state tournament.

“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. We’ll just keep practicing and practicing hard,” Tim Kolb said. “They need to learn that they’ll run into a test in the state tournament. I’m curious to see how they’ll handle it, but I’m confident that they’ll take it well.”

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