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by JACK HILL III | August 10, 2002
BRUNSWICK, Md. - The Hagerstown Braves forced a deciding seventh game in the Blue Ridge Adult League championshop Friday with a 4-1 win over the Brunswick Orioles. Today's title game at North Hagerstown High School is at 2 p.m. Hagerstown (40-9) tied the series after falling behind, 3-1. "We have battled all year," Hagerstown player-manager Danny Cunningham said. "We have just stepped up. It has been a war. Both teams are playing good baseball. We have got to go get them (today)
By JACK HILL III | April 29, 2000
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy went a long way with a short hit. The Blue Storm used a bunt single to start an eight-run rally in the fifth inning Saturday to push past St. Maria Goretti 12-7 in a private high school baseball game. Kyle Fields started the fifth for Mercersburg (9-5) with a single to right and Alex Laddbush reached on an infield error before Josh Grahe got a bunt single to load the bases and change the complexion of the game. "I thought Grahe's bunt single was the biggest play of the game," Mercersburg coach Karl Reisner said.
By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent | May 6, 2008
Click here to see more photos of this game Senior shortstop Brittany Hyatt wanted to make sure the South Hagerstown Rebels won her final game against the rival North Hagerstown Hubs. Hyatt - the 2007 Washington County Player of the Year - finished with three hits, three RBIs and two runs as the Rebels celebrated Senior Day by coming back from a 4-0 deficit to pull out a 7-4 win over the Hubs on Monday in the MVAL Piedmont. "We realized that it was the last time that (the seniors)
By CONNER GILBERT/Staff Correspondent | July 14, 2009
When the Federal All-Stars found themselves trailing National after two innings on Tuesday, there was no cause for concern. Federal stayed the course and got some big hits that propelled it to a 15-3 victory over National in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament losers' bracket game at Kenneth E. Dudley Field. Federal hosts Hancock in a losers' bracket game tonight at 6. National started fast in the top of the first when Jake Boutieller blasted a two-run homer to center for a 2-0 lead that lasted until the third inning.
By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent | July 10, 2008
SHARPSBURG -- Tanner Manning must really like milkshakes. He hit two home runs Wednesday, including a dramatic solo shot to center in the bottom of the sixth inning, to lift Hancock to a thrilling 7-6 win over Sharpsburg in a Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament losers' bracket game. "My teammate's mom owns an ice cream shop," Manning said. "She said if I hit a home run, then I would get a free milkshake. "It feels good. We have a good chance to do good in the tournament.
By DAN KAUFFMAN | June 26, 2008
SHARPSBURG -- One day after Sharpsburg Little League's 9-10 All-Stars shut out National 10-0 on Tuesday, Sharpsburg experienced what it's like to be on National's end. Clear Spring Little League deflated Sharpsburg with a few big hits early in Wednesday's Maryland District 1 Tournament second-round game, and Sharpsburg never regrouped as Clear Spring earned a five-inning 10-0 victory. "Mentally, they just got down on themselves," Sharpsburg manager Chris Webber said. "If they get down a couple runs, they can't get down because we have the bats to get back in the game.
By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent | June 29, 2012
West End's 9-10 All-Stars might forget what it's like to practice after this week. West End has played four games in as many days - winning the last three, including Friday night's 10-7 victory over Valley in the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament losers' bracket final. West End will travel to face undefeated Federal tonight at 6 in the championship round. West End must win to force a final game Monday night. Federal can win the title tonight. “We won today, so I'll worry about tomorrow when we get there,” West End manager Mark Brown said.
By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent | July 12, 2007
CLEAR SPRING - Tyler Byers went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs as Conococheague beat Clear Spring 10-5 in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament on Wednesday. Conococheague, which has gone 3-0 since losing to Maugansville in the opening round, is one of four teams left in the 12-team, double-elimination tournament. Conococheague will host Hancock tonight at 6 in a losers' bracket semifinal. Clear Spring was eliminated after going 1-2 in the tourney.
By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent | July 21, 2010
MOUNT AIRY, Md. -- The big hits just didn't keep coming for Funkstown Post 211. Ty Benson had three hits, including a grand slam and a triple, to pace Funkstown, but it didn't get much more on Tuesday in a 14-8 loss to Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191 in the Western Maryland District American Legion championship game. "We played a nice ballclub," Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. "We had two nice pitchers that hadn't thrown much all year and they did pretty well when we needed them to. "Our defense was a little shaky.
July 1, 2006
YOUTH LEAGUES District 1 Junior All-Star Tournament Derek Younker had three hits, two RBI and three stolen bases as Hancock ran away from host Valley on Friday night. Hancock stole 10 bases and took advantage of five Valley errors in its 11-5 victory. Hancock was running right out of the gate, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning to take the lead for good. The big hits were Justin Berkstresser's RBI double and Nick Harvey's RBI single. Hancock increased its lead to 7-0 in the second inning.
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