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July 17, 2013

Little League baseball: South Columbia can't stop Upper Dauphin's offense in 9-10 Section 3 game

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Seven hits in the frame, including two singles from Wise, set the tone for the rest of the game. Wise finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, adding to his performance on the mound to help his team to a win.

"Nate's been solid for us all year," Evans said. "For a 9-year-old ... he throws very hard."

Upper Dauphin added two runs in the second, hitting balls into the gap and also legging out infield singles to keep the pressure on South Columbia's defense. Jacob Herman helped Upper Dauphin put two more runs on the board, with Wise and Herman each collecting their third hit of the game. South Columbia escaped a bases-loaded two-out jam without further trouble to keep hopes alive for a comeback.

South Columbia carried its momentum into the bottom half of the third, bringing three runs across to stop a shutout for Upper Dauphin. The first six base runners reached safely to scratch across the three runs before Wise retired Zach Burkland and Tanner Stout to end the inning.

The three-run third inning was one of few bright spots in the loss for South Columbia.

"We're going to go in there tomorrow and we're going to play better," South Columbia manager Don Harris said.

Six runs in the top of the fourth inning helped to seal the win for Upper Dauphin.

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