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AABC action heats up

By Doug Gorman

There won't be any American Amateur Baseball Congress action taking place on the Fourth of July, or on the days leading up to the holiday, but things will really start to heat back up on Saturday, July 5th.

That's when the 13-14-year-old state tournament gets underway at Morrow-Lake City.

The double-elimination event will run through the following weekend, with the winner advancing to the AABC Region tournament, which will also be played at Morrow-Lake City starting Thursday, July 17.

Several other AABC events are headed to complexes in the Southern Crescent, including the 13-year-old single-age tournament.

That tournament, which is open to teams with 13-year-old players only, is scheduled to begin on July 7 at South Cedar Park.

"This event is going to be wide open," said 13-14-year-old AABC state director Ron Tankersley. "We have several teams who have told us they want to play in the 13-year-old single-aged tournament."

Also on tap starting next week are the 7-8 through the 11-12 state tournaments.

The 7-8 state event is at South Cedar in McDonough and the 11-12-year-old tournament is at Forest Park.

Starting the following week, the state t-ball tournament comes to Jonesboro. Action begins on Monday, July 14. Also that day, the 15-16 and 17-18 state tournaments begin.

The 7-8-year old World Series also returns to the Southern Crescent starting on Thursday, July 24 in McDonough.

Coaches are reminded to call in all their AABC scores to the Daily at 770-478-5753 Ext. 280. Because of deadline requirements, scores not reported to the paper by 10:45 p.m. won't make it into the next day's edition. Game reports should include the score and names of key players, as well as the date and time of the next game.

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Marlins 8, Braves 1

MIAMI (AP) – Mark Redman pitched a five-hitter and the Florida Marlins roughed up Greg Maddux and beat the Atlanta Braves 8-1 Monday night.

Ivan Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Maddux and Derrek Lee connected later.

Redman (6-3) settled down after giving up a run in the first inning, retiring 18 of 19 batters until Julio Franco singled in the seventh.

Redman struck out two and walked one in his second complete game of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.78.

Maddux (6-8) gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings. It was his shortest outing since May 20, when he also gave up seven runs in four innings in a loss to Cincinnati.

Once again, Maddux struggled in the opening inning. Of the 72 runs he has given up this year, 27 have come in the first inning.

Back on April 5, the Marlins tagged Maddux for nine runs in two innings. He came back eight days later to hold the Florida to one run on two hits in six innings.

Rodriguez hit his 10th home run and added a double off Trey Hodges in the fifth. Over his last 25 games, Rodriguez is 35-for-93, raising his batting average from .239 to .290.

Lee's two-run homer in the third was his 16th of the season, and came after Mike Lowell singled with two outs.

Lee homered for only the fourth time this season at Pro Player Stadium. His last home run in Miami came on April 12 against Atlanta.

The Braves scored in the first after Rafael Furcal led off the game with a ground-rule double, advanced to third on a single by Marcus Giles and came home on Gary Sheffield's double-play grounder.

Notes: Kevin Gryboski relieved Maddux to start the fifth, but his appearance lasted only three pitches – all balls – before he left because of muscle spasms in right side. Hodges threw the fourth ball to Luis Castillo, but the walk was charged to Gryboski. ... The bat flew out Todd Hollandsworth's hands as he struck out in the second inning. The bat loudly clanged off a railing in front of the fans above the Marlins dugout, ricocheting harmlessly to field. ... A fourth-inning pitch from Maddux ran up and in to Alex Gonzalez knocking the bat out his hands. But the ball was called foul because it only caught the knob of the bat.

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