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July 18, 2013

Little League Baseball: South Columbia stays alive

By Anthony Mitchell

For The Daily Item

NORTHUMBERLAND -- South Columbia continues to find a way to grab wins.

The 9-10 Division team, which was labeled "The Cardiac Kids" during their game against Keystone on Wednesday, has come from behind in both of its wins in the Section 3 tournament.

With the way the game ended -- in an 11-10 victory for South Columbia, it seems like an appropriate moniker.

South Columbia was forced to sweat out another tight victory over Keystone, pounding out 14 hits and needing every one of them.

South Columbia has sandwiched a loss to Upper Dauphin between two close contests with Keystone, both decided by a single run. In the end, South Columbia had just enough fight to pull out a win and keep playing.

"(My players) did what they had to do," South Columbia manager Don Harris said. "They battled and battled and batted. I'm proud of them."

Harris' team showed their ability to quickly put a loss behind them and bounce back to pick up a victory.

"We've just got to win one night at a time," Harris said. "Sometimes when our back's against the wall, (my players) know what they have to do."

As in its previous meeting with Keystone, South Columbia had to claw its way out of a hole twice offensively, but found hits when it mattered most.

Keystone's Rocco Stark kept South Columbia on its toes defensively, smashing two home runs and driving in six runs. But the District 13 champions hung tough.

"I'm proud of all (my players)," Keystone manager Kreg Stark said. "They battled. The expectations were met. A district title, that was our goal. Anything after that was just a learning experience."

South Columbia held a three-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, but considering their first matchup, the game was far from over.

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