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North Carroll baseball

* Babe Ruth League -- Ron's Automotive went 13-1 to win the age 14-15 championship.

Its key game came near the end of the season when Ron's faced second-place Manchester Pharmacy, which was only a game behind in the standings. Manchester jumped ahead in the opening inning.

Dave Nowicki singled home a run and later scored on an error. Tommy Barron's two-run double tied it 2-2 for Ron's in the second. Eric Ford doubled home a run, and Mike Bellgrau singled home another, to put Ron's ahead, 4-2, in the fourth inning.

But Nowicki drove in runs in the home fourth and fifth to tie the game at four. Ron's shortstop Todd Bosley though, speared a bases-loaded line drive with two outs to stop Manchester in the home fifth. Ron's Jake Watson singled home the game-winner in the seventh.

Ron's clinched the league title in its next-to-the-last game, by beating Farmers and Merchants Bank, 11-8.

The two had battled to an 8-8 tie after four innings before Ron's pulled away. Two-run singles by Todd Bosley and Matt Bechtel keyed Ron's four-run fourth inning. Bosley, Ron's leading hitter with a .670 batting average for the year, was 3-for-3, with three RBIs and three runs scored, in the game.

Bechtel was 3-for-5, scoring twice, and Tommy Barron was 2-for-2 for Ron's.

* 8-and-under boys -- Host team Manchester went 3-1 in its Invitational Tournament, edging Hampstead White, 4-3, to win the championship.

Kevin Swecker capped a two-run Manchester rally when he singled home the the winning run in his team's final at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Manchester opened by beating Hampstead Red, 8-5.

Clayton Dillon's three-run single helped Manchester build a 6-0 lead after four innings. Starter Chuckie Leppo struck out eight Hampstead batters in holding that team in check over the first three innings.

After Hampstead scored five in the fifth, Michael Shea's two-run double in the home half, gave Manchester some breathing room. Shea was 2-for-3; Michael Montaigne and Dustin Shamer each scored two runs for Manchester.

Hampstead White though, beat Manchester, 20-7, in the second game.

Kevin Swecker, Leppo and Rob Waskiewicz were each 2-for-3 for Manchester.

Manchester then downed Reisterstown, 11-1.

Leppo had a two-run triple for the winners, and Chris Adami, an RBI triple. Those two youngsters also pitched three innings each, holding Reisterstown to one hit and striking out 12.

The championship game saw Hampstead White build a 3-0 lead after four innings, before Manchester would rally to win.

Swecker's bases-loaded blow then chased home Clayton Dillon with the game-winner.

Swecker was named the tournament's outstanding offensive player in a poll of the four team coaches.

Hampstead White third-baseman Dan Slattery was named outstanding defensive player, and teammate Curtis Bosley, the tournament's most valuable pitcher.

Swimming Lochearn topped Freedom, 260-215, dropping the local team's record to 1-2.

Karen Platte and Bill Marriott had outstanding meets for Freedom despite the loss.

Each youngster won four events; Marriott has yet to lose this year.

Freedom's winners were as follows: girls 11-12 100-meter individual medley, Karen Platte, 1:27.39; boys 13-14 100 individual medley, Bill Marriott, 1:20.21; girls 6-under 25-meter freestyle, Deanna Edwards, 22.01; girls 11-12 50 freestyle Karen Platte, 36.42; boys 13-14 50 freestyle, William Marriott, 1:10.49; girls 6-under 25 backstroke, Stacey Krebs, 33.08; boys 8-under 25 backstroke, Chris Schreiner, 26.12; girls 11-12 50 backstroke, Rebecca Mackert, 44.74; boys 11-12 50 backstroke, Adam Marriott, 47.56; boys 13- 14 50 backstroke, Bill Marriott, 36.31; boys 8-under 25 butterfly, Chris Schreiner, 28.18; girls 11-12 50 butterfly, Karen Platte, 39.51; boys 13-14 50 butterfly, Bill Marriott, 35.37; boys 8-under 25 breaststroke, Chris Schreiner, 28.28; girls 9-10 25 breaststroke, Leslie Edwards, 23.10; girls 11-12 50 breaststroke, Karen Platte, 47.48; boys 13-14 50 breaststroke, Micah Reese, 40.66; girls 9-10 200 freestyle relay, Erin Albright, Brooke Bennett, Ashley Doerr and Christina Ryder, 3:04.27; boys 11-12 200 freestyle relay, Kyle Mitchell, Kevin Schreiner, Greg Putman and Michael Young, 2:54.38.

Watermont dealt the Westminster Pool squad its first loss of the year with a 272-209 verdict.

The winners for 2-1 Westminster were as follows: girls 100 individual medley, Aimee Smith, 1:26.79; girls 13-14 100 individual medley, Mandy Gierlach, 1:20.13; girls 15-18 100 individual medley, Marie Tomarelli, 1:14.36; girls 9-10 50-meter freestyle, Jocelyn Andersen, 37.68; girls 11-12 50 freestyle, Whitney Palmer, 34.08; girls 13-14 100 freestyle, Jessica Bracken, 1:09.82; girls 15-18 100 freestyle, Marie Tomarelli, 1:07.46; boys 8-under 25 backstroke, Thomas O'Loughlin, 25.79; girls 11-12 50 backstroke, Aimee Smith, 40.04; boys 11-12 50 backstroke, Jason Beal, 46.64; girls 15-18 50 backstroke Marie Tomarelli, 36.41;

Girls 9-10 25 butterfly, Brianne Coons, 18.80; girls 11-12 50 butterfly, Aimee Smith, 39.46; boys 11-12 50 butterfly, Tim Stevenson, 41.26; boys 13-14 50 butterfly, John Beal, 40.38; girls 50 butterfly, Jessica Bracken, 35.73; girls 15-18 50 butterfly, Marie Tomarelli, 31.80; boys 9-10 25-meter breaststroke, Andy Wu, 26.69;girls 9-10 25 breaststroke, Jocelyn Andersen, 22.72; girls 11-12 50 breaststroke, Courtney Farley, 52.74; girls 13-14 50 breaststroke, Mandy Gierlach, 42.68; boys 15-18 50 breaststroke, Matt Farley, 36.14; girls 11-12 200 freestyle relay, Courtney Farley, Whitney Palmer, Aimee Smith and Katie Tomarelli, 2:27.15; girls 13-14 200 freestyle relay, Jennifer Andersen, Jessica Bracken, Rachel Dyky and Mandy Gierlach, 2:17.30.

Softball

* 10-and-under girls -- The Taneytown Red Flames finished first in the regular season with a 13-3-1 record. But things would be different in the post-season.

The Taneytown Cubs rallied in the late innings to beat the Red Flames, 20-16, in the 10-and-under postseason tournament title game.

The Cubs scored 13 runs in the final two innings to erase a 16-7 Flames lead. Carrie Ness' two-run single was the big hit in a seven-run Flames third, that broke a 3-3 tie and put them ahead, 10-3. Ness went on to get three hits in the game for the Flames, as did Ashley Wantz, Jennifer Buckley and Melissa Wantz.

The Cubs though, scored seven of their own in the sixth inning, to narrow the gap to 16-12.

* 12-and-under girls -- Silver Run had to do things the hard way, but it nevertheless was the winner in the divisional postseason tourney.

Knocked into the losers' bracket by Taneytown, Silver Run came back to beat its tormentors twice to win. Silver Run roared to a 30-2 lead after two innings in the championship game, and went on to out-slug Taneytown, 33-15.

Amanda O'Hara's two-run homer, and Jessica O'Brien's two-run triple highlighted Silver Run's seven-run opening inning. Amy Gorsuch hit a three-run home run to key the winners' 10-run second.

Amy Gorsuch was 3-for-5 in the game, Amanda Gorsuch 4-for-6 and Casey Henry 4-for-6 with four runs scored and five RBIs.

County baseball

* 10-and-under boys -- Host Manchester swept four games to win its Manchester Invitational Tournament.

It topped Mount Airy in the winners' bracket final, 20-2, and then beat that squad a second time, 5-3, in the championship game. The 20-2 game saw Manchester pitchers Eric Zimmer and Bobby Smith muffle Mount Airy on just four hits.

Steve Jordan, Bobby Smith and Chris Sanders were each 3-for-4 for Manchester, with Smith plating four runs an scoring three, and Sanders knocking in three and scoring three.

Eric Zimmer knocked in four runs for Manchester while going 2-for-4, Tim McCarty was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Justin Kibler, 2-for-4. Jason Thayer scored two runs for Manchester.

The championship game saw Manchester rally for four runs in its final batting turn, to overcome a 2-1 Mount Airy lead. Chris Sanders' two-out single drove in the tying run, and Steve Jordan and Tim McCarty singled in runs later in the frame.

Starter Eric Zimmer yielded only one run in four innings, and Bobby Smith pitched the final two for the win. Doug Gillis gave Mount Airy its 2-1 lead with fifth-inning RBI double.

Bryan Lowery and Jamie Dickson also singled home runs for Mount Airy. Mount Airy catcher Dickson and center fielder Brett Lindgren were named the tourney's outstanding defensive players.

Zimmer was named the tourney's outstanding pitcher. The right-hander gave up only three earned runs and six hits in 14 innings, while striking out 21. Steve Jordan, selected outstanding offensive player, batted .615 (8-13).

* 11-and-under boys -- Damascus went 3-0 to take the Winfield Tournament, beating Hampstead, 3-1 in Sunday's championship game.

Hampstead starter Jeff Chaney and reliever Charlie DeVilbiss pitched well, holding their Montgomery County-based opponents to six hits. Hampstead though, got only four.

It got its only run on Tommy Quinn's RBI single, scoring Chaney. Hampstead second-baseman Ray Causey played well on defense. The locals had won their previous four tourney games after being knocked into the losers' bracket.

Hampstead qualified for the finals by topping Upper Montgomery County Athletic Commission (UMAC), 16-4.

Hampstead pitchers Jeff Yingling and Steve Efrati held UMAC to only four safeties in that game, while their teammates made the most of 10 hits. Marty Kwedar's two-run, first-inning double gave Hampstead a lead it would never relinquish.

Tommy Quinn had a bases-loaded triple for Hampstead in the second inning. Efrati played well at shortstop.

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