Md. Redbirds finish third

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Maryland Redbirds lost, 3-2, in eight innings to Riverside, Calif., in the semifinals and finished third in the U.S. Amateur Baseball Federation 18-and-under World Series in San Diego.

The Sun's All-Metro catcher Chad Durakis (St. Paul's) led the Redbirds with a .427 average and a .622 slugging percentage. Nick Couzantino, an All-Metro player from Old Mill, and Scott Lippa (Curley) paced the Redbirds' pitching staff that had a cumulative 2.13 ERA.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jason Driver was the winning pitcher and his catcher, Alex Egber, had three hits as the Baltimore Buzz won the American Amateur Baseball Congress inaugural Pee Wee Reese 11-and-under World Series over the New Jersey Wildcats, 8-2.

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