Federal goes winless at Eastern Regional

August 02, 2012

CRANSTON, R.I. — The key hits eluded the Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars in a 6-0 loss to unbeaten Pennsylvania on Thursday at the Eastern Regional tournament, as they finished 0-4 in the Mid-Atlantic pool.

Federal had nine hits in the game but left 12 runners on base, including six in scoring position.

“That’s the story for us, leaving men on base,” Federal manager Tim Kolb said. “We just couldn’t get the big hit. We would get the men on, we just couldn’t drive them home.”

In the top of the third inning, with the game still scoreless, Federal loaded the bases as Braden Kolb led off with a single, Ben Caldwell hit a one-out single and Dylan Watson drew a two-out walk. But a strikeout ended the threat.

Pennsylvania then went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third on two walks, an RBI single and a passed ball.

Pennsylvania extended its lead to 6-0 in the fifth, scoring four runs on two walks, two singles and two errors.

Down to its last two outs in the sixth, Federal again loaded the bases as Jaylend Williams singled, Tyler Remsburg was hit by a pitch and Toddie Stocks singled. But Pennsylvania turned a double play to end the game.

Brayden Quirple, Stocks and Williams each finished with two hits for Federal.

While Federal was left winless, Tim Kolb said the experience was still more than worth it.

“These boys are not disappointed at all. The smiles are still on their faces,” he said. “They were just happy to be here and happy to play baseball. They got to do something a lot of kids will never get to do.

“They’re just a tremendous bunch of kids who love to play the game. They put everything out on the field. They never got down on themselves and never got down on their teammates. They just love the game of baseball and played their hearts out. They gave it everything they had. We were honored to represent Maryland here and hope we did everybody proud.”

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