HAGERSTOWN — Colton Bare blasted a walk-off grand slam and Sharpsburg used a total team effort Saturday evening to march past Federal 13-1 in five innings in a Maryland District 1 11-12 tournament losers’ bracket game.
Sharpsburg will host the Conococheague/Hancock winner on Monday at 6 p.m. Conococheague and Hancock were tied 14-14 after six innings on Saturday and will complete their game Sunday.
Sharpsburg pitcher Lane Gay quieted Federal, giving up just five hits.
The offense showed up in a large way for Sharpsburg in the third and fifth innings, scoring six runs in both frames.
“This was the team I was expecting to see,” Sharpsburg manager Scott Bare said. “We got the jitters out and hit the ball tonight.”
Sharpsburg had a 7-1 entering the bottom of the fifth and continued to pile on the runs.
Max Crist’s RBI single scored Sharpsburg’s first run of the inning and Ryan Crook scored on a bases-loaded walk to extend the lead to 9-1. Colton Bare stepped to the plate with the bases juiced and sent a ball over the fence in right to end the game with a flourish.
“We had a substantial lead at the time and didn’t need a grand slam to win, but (Colton) got into a pitch he liked,” Scott Bare said.
Sharpsburg busted the game open in the third inning after being held to just two hits over the first two innings.
Gay helped his own cause with a two-run single to score the first Sharpsburg runs of the inning. Kelton Brown scored on a fielding error to put Sharpsburg up 3-1. Ben Burgan went yard later in the inning, plating three runs to give Sharpsburg a 6-1 advantage.
Dalton Shank led off the fourth with a solo home run to give Sharpsburg a 7-1 lead.
“I told them not to swing for home runs and just hit the ball hard and the home runs would come, and they did,” Scott Bare said.
Federal scored its only run in the second, breaking a scoreless tie when Kevin Abeles scored on a passed ball.
“We didn’t hit the ball the way we’re capable of and that third inning got away from us,” Federal manager Dennis Corapi said. “We didn’t make some of the plays we could have and it cost us. And five hits won’t cut it.”