No slowing up Sharpsburg in 9-10 tournament

June 26, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN |
  • With his teammates waiting for him, Sharpsburg's Matt Kulikowski jumps onto home plate after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning against West End in Wednesday night's Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament winners' bracket final at Sharpsburg Little League.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — Matt Kulikowski’s two-run home run highlighted a seven-run second inning that gave Sharpsburg a 9-0 lead on the way to a five-inning 16-5 victory over West End in Wednesday’s winners’ bracket final of the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League tournament.

“We’ve been hitting the ball, all 13 kids,” said Sharpsburg manager G.E. Ingram, whose team is averaging 16.75 runs per game. “Kulikowski is 9 years old. He missed a sign — he had the take sign — but we’ll let him get away with it.”

Sharpsburg advanced to the championship round and will host the losers’ bracket winner on Saturday evening at 6. West End will host the losers’ bracket final Friday evening at 6.

Brady Ingram — the Sharpsburg manager’s son — worked 4 1/3 solid innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out five. He didn’t walk or hit a single batter.

“He’s not overpowering, but as long as his curveball is on, his fastball is fast enough, and his curveball was on,” G.E. Ingram said.

West End pitchers gave up 12 walks and hit three batters. After allowing just seven runs total in its first three games, West End gave up nine in the first two innings against Sharpsburg, and heads dropped.

“They outplayed us today,” West End manager Steve Dillinger said. “We had attitudes in the field, and that’s contagious. That hurts your team.

“They need to know that it’s not over, it’s not over at all and we’ve got to keep fighting, that’s what’s going to make us who we are. We have another day to keep fighting.”

After scoring two runs on a single, two walks, a hit batter and an error in the first inning, Sharpsburg pulled away in the second. J.T. Jansson hit a two-run double to the fence in right center, and two batters later Kulikowski launched a moonball that cleared the netting above the fence in center.

Sharpsburg scored four runs in the fourth, as Ingram hit an RBI single and Cody Henderson added an RBI double down the left-field line. Sharpsburg capped the victory with a three-run fifth, with Henderson smacking a two-run double to the gap in right.

Oliver Campher and Zack Grove hit RBI singles in the bottom of the second for West End, which added two runs in the third on three straight Sharpsburg errors. West End scored its final run in the fourth on Izaiah Dillinger’s RBI single.

Henderson had two hits and two walks, Kulikowski had two hits and a walk, Jayme Routzahn had a single and three walks, and Jansson walked twice in addition to his double for Sharpsburg.

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