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Early deficit no sweat for Sharpsburg 9-10 All-Stars

June 22, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SHARPSBURG — A three-run deficit before its first at-bat?

No problem for Sharpsburg’s 9-10 All-Stars.

Sharpsburg’s hitters made short work of the deficit, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first and rolling to a four-inning 17-7 victory over American on Saturday afternoon in a Maryland District 1 9-10 tournament game.

“We hit the ball well,” Sharpsburg manager G.E. Ingram said. “We were down 3-0, but our kids didn’t hang their heads. When all 13 kids can put the bat on the ball, that is a real plus. Hitting is contagious.”

Sharpsburg (2-0) will host a winners’ bracket game on Tuesday evening at 6 against Conococheague.

American (0-1) fell into the losers’ bracket and will travel to Hancock on Monday at 6.

J.T. Jansson finished with two hits and four RBIs for Sharpsburg. Brady Ingram drove in three runs and scored three more, while Cody Henderson added two hits.

Ingram pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

American took a 3-0 lead on an RBI double to center by Jayvon Burnett, a bases-loaded walk and Burnett’s steal of home.

Both Jayme Routzahn and Ingram reached on errors to start the bottom of the first for Sharpsburg. Routzahn came home on a single to right by Henderson, and Ingram scored on the play on an error. Jansson slugged a two-run homer to center to put Sharpsburg ahead 4-3.

Sharpsburg added six more runs in the first on three straight bases-loaded walks, an error and a two-run double to center by Jansson.

American got a run in the top of the second when Jalik Demar smacked a leadoff triple to left and scored on the same play on an error on the relay throw.

Sharpsburg increased its advantage to 16-4 with six runs in the bottom of the second on a throwing error, a two-run double to center by Ingram, another throwing error and a two-run single to right by Matt Kulikowski.

Sharpsburg added its final run in the third on a fielding error.

“It was a little sluggish at the beginning,” American manager Tiff Twigg said. “We are going to look forward to getting a little farther. Sharpsburg hit the ball well. I was proud of my kids. We are a young team.”

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