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Federal fights closer to District 1 9-10 title

June 28, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • Federal's Tyler Remsburg, right, reacts to the call as West End's Caden Billman is safe on a close play at third base during the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers' bracket final at West End on Friday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars have been scratching and clawing through the Maryland District 1 tournament, and now they’re two wins away from a title.

With Friday’s four-inning 18-5 victory over West End in the losers’ bracket final, Federal earned a date in the championship round at Sharpsburg on Saturday evening at 6. Sharpsburg can win the title with a victory Saturday, but if Federal wins, it will host a final game against Sharpsburg on Monday.

“All we can do is scrap and see what happens,” said Federal manager Tim Kolb. “We’ll give them everything we’ve got.”

Friday’s game was a model of plate discipline for Federal, as it smacked 15 hits and drew 13 walks. Nine of the hitters who reached via a free pass scored.

“This team is finally starting to hit its clip,” said Kolb. “Plate discipline is the key and this team does that. We make you come into the zone, and when you do, we’re going to hit it.”

Up 9-0 through two innings, Federal put the game away with an eight-run third. Dalton Curry had a double, a single and two RBIs to lead the charge, while Braden Kolb, Braden Shives, Michael Keats and Tyler Remsburg each added RBI singles. 

Federal jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI double by Keats and an RBI single by Dexton Railing.

Kolb’s two-run double highlighted Federal’s three-run second inning. Kolb led Federal with four RBIs.

“The key is getting on base and knowing that your teammates have your back,” said Kolb. “When our players know somebody is behind them, it’s a lot easier to take until they get their pitch.”

West End got on the board with four runs in the bottom of the third. Kaden Billman doubled to plate Oliver Campher, and Bailey Himes added a two-run double.

Ethan Palmer scored West End’s final run in the fourth on of a single by Dillinger.

Remsburg pitched two scoreless innings for Federal with five strikeouts before giving way to Railing.

“I think this is the fourth time we went to Remsburg, and today he stepped up,” said Kolb. “Dexton is our closer. He’ll be in the zone when we call on him. We may need to make some plays, but he’ll get us through.”

Keats and Remsburg each scored three runs for Federal.

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