State tourney hopes end, 5-4, for Finksburg 11-12 Babe Ruth falls to Glade Valley

July 07, 1993|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Staff Writer

The Finksburg Babe Ruth Bambino team needed a win over Glade Valley last night to advance to the 11-12 state baseball tournament this weekend.

Manager Earl Nixon brought his 10-player squad to Halmos Park in Poolesville. It was the team's seventh game since Saturday, including two victories in the Western District state qualifying tournament.

Nixon was looking for a gutty effort from his group, comprised of all-stars selected from the Central Maryland Travel League.

got just that, but a two-run homer by Glade Valley's Matt Doyle in the bottom of the fifth gave the Frederick County team a come-from-behind 5-4 win.

told the kids I was proud of them and they played well," said Nixon. "We came up a little short, but they had nothing to be down about. We definitely represented Finksburg well."

Glade Valley, which finished the tournament with a 5-1 record to win the loser's bracket, will join Monocacy in representing the Western District in the state tournament this weekend at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County. Monocacy went through the winner's bracket unbeaten.

For awhile, it looked like Finksburg would be the team to come out of the loser's bracket, breaking a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fifth.

Adam Fisher led off the inning with an infield single. Clint Day, who finished the tournament with a team-leading seven hits, followed with another single. Next, Michael Weyant hit a single up the middle to score Fisher and a Nick Farver ground out scored Day to make it 4-2.

AGlade Valley answered with three in its half of the fifth, capped by Doyle's two-run shot to left-center.

Some solid defense and strong pitching kept Finksburg close.

With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the second, Glade Valley had a chance to take command with the bases loaded and none out. But Weyant relieved the starter Farver and struck out the first two batters he faced, and then got a ground out to end the inning.

EIn the third, Glade Valley got its leadoff hitter on, only to see him erased by a nifty double play by Farver -- playing shortstop -- and first baseman Troy Laur. Farver did a good job of getting to a ball up the middle, touched second and Laur scooped up a low throw to first.

Farver then led off the top of the fourth with a towering homer over the left-center field fence.

Our guys have been working hard on staying close and going from there," Nixon said. "They did just that tonight, but came up a little short in the end."

Weyant pitched three solid innings, allowing one run and one hit with four strikeouts.

Finksburg reached the loser's bracket finals with wins over Frederick and UMAC National.

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