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9-10 Tournament: Sharpsburg adds 3rd trophy to case

June 29, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG — No one knows if anyone wins when an irresistible force faces an immovable object.

In the case of the Maryland District 1 Little League 9-10 tournament championship game, it was who caught fire first.

Federal had a five-game winning streak, but Sharpsburg was the winners’ bracket champion when they met on Saturday. Federal couldn’t budge Sharpsburg as it came away with a 8-4 victory.

It was Sharpsburg’s third title of the 2013 tournament season, adding the 9-10 crown to the 9-10 and 11-12 softball titles. The three teams combined for an 11-0 record.

“The kids are excited. We’re all excited,” said Sharpsburg manager G.E. Ingram. “We’re just taking it one day at a time now that we’re on our way to states.”

Sharpsburg did the majority of its scoring in the first two innings.

It scored four times in the first, highlighted by J.T. Jansson’s base-clearing triple. Jansson scored on Matt Kulikowski’s groundout.

Jansson added a run-scoring single in the second, scoring Cody Henderson. Brady Ingram added an RBI single and later stole home to give Sharpsburg its seventh run.

“Jansson is a big stick, but we hit from one to 13,” said G.E. Ingram. “All of them get the bat on the ball. No matter who is up you feel good that he’s going to hit. They’ve done it since the first game of the tournament.”

Jansson made a lot of noise at the plate — he added a fifth RBI with an RBI double in the fifth — but he was also in control on the mound. Jansson held Federal scoreless until the fifth inning, while striking out three.

“J.T. threw the ball very well tonight. We were concerned before the game because he didn’t have his best stuff, but he hung in there,” said G.E. Ingram. “He threw strikes and allowed our defense to make plays.”

Federal scored four runs in the fifth, keyed by two-run doubles by Kyle Corley and Tyler Remsburg.

Federal threatened again in the sixth with the help of Sharpsburg errors, but Sharpsburg reliever Todd Duncan came on to end Federal’s amazing run through the losers’ bracket in 16 pitches.

“Duncan won’t overpower you, but he’ll throw strikes and play defense,” said G.E. Ingram. “That’s what we want from our pitchers — to give our defense easy plays to make.

“Hats off to Federal, though. That run they made through the tournament shows the character of their team. They really battled out there.”

Federal manager Tim Kolb agreed.

“The loss stings now, but it goes back to who we are. We battled and we made it a game,” said Kolb. “Give it a day and they’ll realize what they accomplished. I’ve never coached a team this scrappy and full of heart. They gave me all they had and I’m so proud of them. Hats off to Sharpsburg, I wish them the best of luck.”

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