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11-12 tourney: Sharpsburg unseats defending champion

July 09, 2012|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG — Bouncing back from any loss can be tough.

In a double-elimination tournament, there’s are no other choices. It’s win or go home.

Sharpsburg continued to bounce back from its second-round loss, eliminating defending champion Conococheague 9-4 in a losers’ bracket game Monday in the Maryland District 1 11-12 tournament.

“Seems like since I’ve been involved in the league, we have a habit of having to come back,” said Sharpsburg manager Scott Bare.

Sharpsburg didn’t have to fight back in this game, scoring three runs in the top of the first off four hits, including an RBI single by Lane Gay.

In the second, Jon Grimm tacked on another run when he walked, advanced on a groundout and a passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Shank to make it 4-0.

Conococheague got on the board in the third. Ryan Greene led off with a single and went to third on Jaustin Itnyre’s double. Both scored on a two-run single by Maddux Grove, who ended up on third when the ball went awry in the infield. Grove scored right after on a groundout as Conococheague tightened the game, 4-3.

Colton Bare led off the third inning for Sharpsburg with a solo shot over the fence in left-center to put Sharpsburg up 5-3.

“I was just trying to hit something, get it down in the outfield. He threw me a curveball and I hit it out,” said Colton Bare.

Sharpsburg added another two runs, highlighted by three consecutive singles by Ryan Nolan, Ben Burgan and Ryan Crook.

Conococheague scored its final run in the top of the fourth, when Nick Franklin reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on Greene’s second single, and scored after two passed balls.

Bare struck again in the fourth, driving in Shank with his second hit of the game, to put Sharpsburg up 8-4. In the fifth, Crook was plated by Shank’s RBI single.

“After the first loss, we got our jitters out. These kids are gritty. They’re battlers,” Scott Bare said.

Sharpsburg plays at South Mountain at 6 Tuesday in another elimination game.

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