Fulton County All-Stars Sweep Tournaments
The journey started at Everett with a double elimination format tournament. FC opened play with a 6-4 victory over Roaring Spring. On day two of the tournament, wins over host Everett (11-5) and Bedford Blue (21-11) advanced FC to the championship game. Kiersten Morton fired a near complete game in the victory over Everett. Multi-hit games from Grayson Hall, Kole Ken-dall, Doogie Garlock, Luis Saldivar and Dalton Ze-ger fueled the offense against Bedford. Everett found their way through the loser’s bracket to face FC in the title game, with Everett needing to win twice to claim the championship. FC wrapped up the title with a convincing 10-4 win. A three-RBI double from Logan Deshong was the big hit of the day, while doubles from Brycen Hohman, Doogie Garlock and Rylan Parson also sparked the offense. Rylan Parson was recognized as the MVP for the tournament, pitching in three of the four victories.
While competing at Everett, FC also participated in the overlapping Mercersburg tournament, which was pool play format followed by a single elimination champion-ship round with the top four teams advancing. Starting this tournament on a Monday evening between games of the Everett tourney, the All-Stars came from behind for a 5-4 victory over the Franklin County Force. Brycen Hohman led FC in this contest, earning the pitching victory and slamming a homerun while going 3-3 at the plate. FC then dropped game two of the tournament, 6-5 to Waynesboro, but they still qualified for the championship round. The semifinal round provided a rematch with the Force. The Force opened a 6-4 lead after three innings, but Fulton County again rallied for a come-from-behind victory. Two runs in the fifth inning knotted the score and forced extra innings, where FC scored two runs to claim the 10-8 victory, advancing to the championship against host Mercersburg. The All-Stars again found themselves playing from behind, as Mercersburg led 6-1 after two innings. A six run third inning powered by seven consecutive singles pushed FC ahead to stay, claiming a 9-7 victory and their second tournament title.
The All-Stars returned home to Ray Koontz Field in McConnellsburg for the final tournament on the schedule, another pool play format with championship round. FC faced a familiar foe in the first round, claiming its third victory over Everett, this time by a final score of 16- 11. Brycen Hohman again paced the offense with four doubles, going 4-5 on the day, while Lucas McClain stroked three singles. Southern Huntingdon served as the opponent for game two, and the squads locked up in a low scoring nail-biter. Rylan Parson turned in another strong pitching performance, hurling four innings of tworun baseball, while the offense provided just enough to secure the 4-2 victory. Doogie Garlock, Kole Kendall and Luis Saldivar had multi-hit games for the host team. Game three provided another rematch with Franklin County Force. Fulton County jumped to a 3-0 lead behind Dalton Zeger’s threerun homer, but the Force responded with one run of its own, loading the bases with two outs when rain suspended play. When the teams returned two days later, the Force completed its rally, tying the game at 3-3 after one complete inning. Fulton County rallied with eight second-inning runs, paced by a Kole Kendall triple and another Brycen Hohman home run. The 11-3 victory assured the hosts would advance to the championship round. The final round of pool play was a rematch with Waynesboro, who again held FC’s number, defeating the hosts 11-9 in walk-off fashion. With three wins in pool play, FC secured the number- one seed for the playoff. Facing off against Greencastle in the semifinal round, FC slugged its way to a 13-8 victory. Brice Feagley powered the offense with a grand slam, while Grayson Hall pitched 4-2/3 innings of strong baseball. Franklin County Force advanced to face the hosts, claiming a 12-inning win over Southern Huntingdon. The two now-familiar foes locked horns in another nail-biter. Tied 1-1 through two innings, the Force found two runs in the third and three in the fourth inning for a 6-1 lead before Brice Feagley slugged a three-run homer to close the score to 6-4. The deficit held until the All-Stars’ final at bat. The hosts rallied immediately in the bottom half of the sixth, led by a double off the bat of Brycen Hohman, followed by hits from Dalton Zeger, Kiersten Morton, Dalton Sheffield and Lucas McClain. With the score now deadlocked at 6-6 and the bases loaded, Luis Saldivar lofted a sacrifice fly into right field, scoring Morton with the winning run.
The 2011 FC All-Star roster includes: Logan Deshong, Brice Feagley, Doogie Garlock, Grayson Hall, Brycen Hohman, Kole Kendall, Lucas Mc- Clain, Kiersten Morton, Rylan Parson, Luis Saldivar, Dalton Sheffield, and Dalton Zeger and manager Junior Swope, scorekeeper Heather Swope, and coaches Darius Deshong and Pete Hall.