2007 Maryland State Little League® Tournament Results
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Maryland State Tournament
Host - Rising Sun (District 5)
At Biles Field

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Hagerstown Federal
District 2 Champions Frederick National
District 4 Champions Arbutus
District 5 Champions Elkton Community
District 6 Champions Easton
District 7 Champions Northern Calvert (Dunkirk)
District 8 Champions West Salisbury

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Easton 8, Frederick National 4
West Salisbury 7, Hagerstown Federal 5
Northern Calvert 8, Arbutus 5

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Elkton Community 6, Easton 2
Northern Calvert 3, West Salisbury 1

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Hagerstown Federal 14, Frederick National 4 (5 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
West Salisbury 9, Easton 4 (elim.)
Hagerstown Federal 11, Arbutus 3 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Elkton Community 9, Northern Calvert 6

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
West Salisbury 10, Hagerstown Federal 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
West Salisbury d. Northern Calvert (elim.)

Championship Series:
West Salisbury 16, Elkton Community 6 (4 innings)
West Salisbury 4, Elkton Community 3 (TITLE)


Seth Windmuller and Connor Shockley opened the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back home runs, helping their West Salisbury Little League all-star team to overtake Elkton Community Little League, 4-3, in the championship game of the Maryland state tournament in Rising Sun.

The home runs negated a two-run Elkton rally in the top of the inning, and helped West Salisbury to its fifth consecutive victory after a second-round loss in the double-elimination tournament. West Salisbury advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut, which the Maryland champions then won en route to a berth in the Little League World Series.

West Salisbury struck first in the championship game, as David Dechert's run-scoring double in the second inning and Windmuller's solo home run in the third helped stake the District 8 champions to a 2-0 lead. Elkton narrowed the gap on Sean Locke's RBI single in the fourth inning, and moved in front in the sixth. Ronnie Young's RBI single tied the game, then Elkton loaded the bases with nobody out. West Salisbury recorded the inning's first out, but Paul Keeley reached on an error that scored Kye Williams with the go-ahead run.

Shockley, who allowed only four hits in a complete game effort for West Salisbury, escaped further damage with a pair of strikeouts.

In the bottom of the inning, Windmuller slammed a fastball over the center field fence to open the inning, then Shockley immediately followed by driving a hanging curveball beyond the outfield fence to give West Salisbury its second state championship in the major baseball division in five years.

"We are going to Bristol with a lot of confidence," said West Salisbury manager Chris Yingling after the game. "The kids had to win five straight without losing, and then they had to come back in the bottom of the sixth to win the championship. That gives us a lot of momentum."

West Salisbury needed the string of victories after falling, 3-1, to Northern Calvert Little League on the tournament's second day. Northern Calvert pitcher Ryan Meisinger struck out nine and quieted a West Salisbury offense that had outscored opponents by a 84-12 margin in its first seven games.

"He's a great pitcher," said Yingling of Meisinger, who had faced many of West Salisbury's players previously in travel team tournaments. "I kept waiting for us to break out, but it just didn't happen this time.

"We're going to work hard with them tomorrow morning and be back ready to get at it again," added the West Salisbury manager. "We'll see what they're made of and how bad they want it."

West Salisbury began its long climb through the bottom bracket by downing Easton Little League, 9-4, then scored in every inning to eliminate Hagerstown Federal Little League with a 10-4 decision.

Gavin Yingling opened the scoring against Federal with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Federal tied the game in the second, then West Salisbury moved in front for good in the bottom of the inning when Dechert keyed a two-run rally with an RBI single.

Brian Kragler's two-out single in the third plated Windmuller, and Dechert delivered a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth. Craig East added a two-run double in West Salisbury's four-run fifth inning.

"I give their hitters credit," said Hagerstown Federal manager Doug Hornbecker, whose team suffered its only two defeats of the international tournament against West Salisbury.

"We had a couple errors and a couple walks that they took advantage of," added Hornbecker. "They made the plays and got the hits when they needed to."

Dechert rounded out his five-RBI day by scattering three hits, including Andrew Yacyk's three-run homer in the sixth.

West Salisbury then avenged its earlier defeat, moving into the championship game with a 10-1 win over Northern Calvert, before forcing the tournament to a final game with a 16-6, four inning victory over Elkton.

Javin Taylor's grand slam home run gave Elkton a 4-0 lead after half of an inning in his team's first meeting with West Salisbury, but the eventual champions tied the game on Canaan Cropper's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. West Salisbury then took control with an eleven run rally in the second. Two of West Salisbury's first three batters in the inning reached on errors, before Cropper drilled a three-run homer over the right field fence to give his team the lead for good. Ryan Aebly and Windmuller added three-run homers later in the inning as sixteen West Salisbury batters came to the plate before the third out was recorded.

"Hats off to them," said Elkton manager Matt Williams after the game. "They hit the ball really well, got it done in the field, and their pitcher's breaking ball was in there for strikes."

East was the primary beneficiary of West Salisbury's offensive fireworks. The right-hander inherited a pair of baserunners when he entered in relief in the first inning. He struck out six and settled down to keep Elkton's offense in check after allowing the first inning home run.

"This team has a lot of heart and a lot of determination," said Chris Yingling after his team extended the tournament by overcoming the early grand slam. "No deficit phases them."

Elkton hung much closer in the rematch, before Windmuller and Shockley's late inning heroics helped lift West Salisbury to the championship.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way (my team) bounced back and showed that they belonged on the field," said Williams, the Elkton manager, after his team extended West Salisbury in the final inning one day after falling by the mercy rule. "They were one inning away."

West Salisbury stood one inning away from elimination before extending their summer, and later used a last-ditch rally to capture the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. West Salisbury won just one of its four pool games, but advanced to the semifinal round on a tiebreaker before toppling Maine-Endwell (New York) Little League, 11-10 in the semifinal round, and blanking Council Rock Northampton Little League (Richboro, Pennsylvania), 4-0, in the region championship game.

Follow West Salisbury at the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Championship Series Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Elkton Community 4 1 1 0 6 - -
West Salisbury 4 11 0 1 16 - -
  Championship Series Game 2
Elkton Community 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 -
West Salisbury 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 5 -

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