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Maryland rallies from 8 down for 13-9 victory against Ohio

THE BALTIMORE SUN

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Team Maryland rallied from an eight-run deficit to defeat Team Ohio, 13-9, yesterday at the Sun Belt Classic at Oklahoma State.

Trailing 9-1 in the fifth inning, Team Maryland (2-1) scored three runs, cutting Ohio's lead to 9-4. In the next inning, Maryland sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs. Ron Hartman (Archbishop Curley) scored the tie-breaking run for Maryland on a wild pitch.

Ronnie Shankle had three hits and two RBI for Maryland. Ronnie Leatherman and Bobby St. Pierre added two hits and two RBI each.

"It was the type of the game you just had to see to believe it," said Maryland coach Roger Wrenn.

Winning pitcher Kenny Sturek shut down Ohio for the final three innings, allowing only two hits and striking two. Ohio committed five errors.

Maryland, which is sponsored by VFW posts on the Eastern Shore and the Orioles Advocates, will be going for its third straight victory in the tournament today at 11 a.m. against California.

The local team then will face the Gunthrie Legion All-Stars in Gunthrie at 8 p.m.

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