2010 Maryland State Little League® Tournament Results
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Maryland State Tournament
Host - West Salisbury (District 8)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Halfway
District 2 Champions Brunswick Railroaders
District 4 Champions South Maryland (Davidsonville)
District 5 Champions Elkton
District 6 Champions South Caroline (Preston)
District 7 Champions Hughesville
District 8 Champions Berlin

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Halfway 14, South Maryland 3
Brunswick Railroaders 4, South Caroline 2
Hughesville 13, Elkton 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Halfway 5, Berlin 0
Brunswick Railroaders 23, Hughesville 11

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Elkton 6, South Caroline 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
South Maryland 8, Hughesville 2 (elim.)
Berlin 20, Elkton 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Brunswick Railroaders 5, Halfway 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Berlin 12, South Maryland 2 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Halfway 13, Berlin 9 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Brunswick Railroaders 18, Halfway 2 (4 innings; TITLE)


Sean Christie lived in the same house and slept in the same room that Joey Lucas had during the summer that his Brunswick Railroader Little League all-star team advanced all the way to the Little League World Series. Nearly a quarter-century later, Christie used his powerful bat to help keep his team advancing along the same path.

Christie belted a trio of home runs as Brunswick overpowered a pitching-depleted Halfway Little League all-star team by a mercy rule-shortened, 18-2 margin in the Maryland state championship game at West Salisbury Little League's field. With the win, Brunswick advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

Brunswick was among the favorites heading into the 2010 state tournament, as nine of the team's eleven players had been members of the Brunswick team that claimed the Maryland championship in the 10-11 year old division in 2009. Brunswick entered the tournament hoping for a repeat performance, which would give the league just its second state championship since Lucas' team won the Maryland and Eastern Region crowns in 1986.

While Lucas' team had used stingy pitching to navigate the state tournament in 1986 -- the team allowed only two runs in three state tournament games -- the 2010 edition of the town's all-star team used a more forceful approach. Brunswick ended most of the suspense quickly in the championship game, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning and then adding nine more in the third. Justin Wells delivered a two-run single before Christie clubbed a three-run homer in the first, and Christie followed that shot with two more homers in third. Tyler Babyak added a two run single, Tommy McCarthy chipped in a run-scoring double, and Dylan Ellis and John Harding added RBI singles during the rally.

Halfway, which entered the game with its top four pitchers ineligible to throw, pulled back two runs on Matt Malphurs' homer in the third before Joe Rindone and Harding both homered for Halfway in the fourth.

Brunswick manager Mark Tarleton knew Halfway was short on pitching, and preached plate discipline to his team prior to the game.

"We just said 'be patient at the plate (and) make sure we're swinging at strikes'," explained the Brunswick manager. "And that's what we did."

"Hats' off to Brunswick, they're a great hitting team," said Halfway manager Mike Gooden.

Halfway had hoped that the game would be pushed back 24 hours, as thunderstorms scuttled the team's pre-game batting practice, but tournament officials pushed hard to get the game in. Had the contest been postponed, two of Halfway's top pitchers would have regained eligibility.

"We'd have much preferred (to play) tomorrow with a dryer field and our pitching situation," said Gooden.

Brunswick's title game output was not the first time the team had flexed its muscles at West Salisbury. After edging South Caroline on the tournament's first day, Brunswick leveraged a 24-hit attack to overwhelm Hughesville Little League, 23-11, in the winner's bracket semifinal. Rindone -- whose two-run homer was the difference-maker in the 4-2 win over South Caroline the previous day -- collected three home runs and drove in seven runs as part of a 5-for-5 afternoon. McCarthy (4-for-6) and Ellis (3-for-4) also homered for Brunswick, while Babyak collected five hits and drove in four runs.

"I had a good feeling going into the game," said Tarleton, who prepared his team by throwing batting practice from in front of the mound to simulate the shorter reaction time he expected against Hughesville's starting pitcher. "We knew we were facing a hard thrower. We came out swinging."

Two days later, Brunswick had more limited offensive opportunities, but again leveraged the long ball to claim a 5-1 win over Halfway. Babyak snapped a 1-1 tie by lining an opposite field home run to lead off the sixth inning, and Brunswick went on to add three more runs in the frame.

Ellis followed Babyak's blast by singling and scoring on a wild pitch, then Rindone capped the rally with a two-run single.

"(Babyak) is hitting in the five-hole for us, and he's a big strong boy," said Tarleton. "He came through for us."

Halfway kept the potent Brunswick offense in check for much of the game, as the Railroaders' only tally through the first five innings came in the third. Singles from McCarthy, Andrew Wanger, and Rindone produced the run, but Halfway pulled level in the bottom of the frame when Bryce Ruppenthal walked and later scored on a wild pitch.

"We played as well as we could," said Halfway manager Les Martin. "The hitting didn't come around, which I thought it would. Our defense was great (but) we didn't swing the bats well."

Some of Halfway's struggles at the plate were attributed to Rindone, who scattered five hits and allowed just the one run in five innings of work. Babyak relieved him in the sixth, and allowed three singles to bring the tying run to plate before inducing a game-ending strikeout that preserved the win.

The loss dropped Halfway into the bottom bracket, where the Hagerstown-area trailed for most of the game before John Davies capped a massive sixth inning rally with a walk-off grand slam home run that helped Halfway to stun Berlin Little League, 13-9. Berlin jumped to a large early lead thanks in part to a seven-run rally in the second, and Halfway trailed 8-1 midway through the game and 9-5 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Halfway pushed across one run to narrow the deficit, before a double play left the District 1 winners just one out away from elimination. Ryan Downs kept the Western Maryland team alive by slamming a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw, and following a single and a pair of walks, Austin Sigler tied the game with a base hit up the middle. Davis followed by launching an 0-1 pitch beyond the center field fence to complete Halfway's resurrection.

"We had a lot of timely hits," said Mike Gooden, who assumed managerial duties for Halfway midway through the tournament. "That dugout erupted when he hit that walk-off. It was a magical, magical moment."

"We were loose up until the end there," said Berlin manager Rodger Bennett. "We just couldn't buy that last out."

The next day, Brunswick was well in command from the first inning onward, and eventually claimed the league's seventh-ever state championship in the major baseball division. Brunswick's state titles span four decades, with the first coming in 1966. Only Hagerstown National Little League, which won all of its state crowns in a ten-year span between 1964 and 1973, has won as many as five Maryland championships. Brunswick's 1986 squad was just the fourth Maryland league to reach the Little League World Series.

Brunswick split its four pool contests at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, before falling to Council Rock Newtown Little League (Newtown, Pennsylvania) in the semifinal round.

Follow the Brunswick Railroaders at the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Brunswick Railroaders 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 - -
Halfway 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 - -
  Elimination Bracket Final
Berlin 0 7 1 0 1 0 9 - -
Halfway 1 0 3 1 0 8 13 - -
  Championship Game
Brunswick Railroaders 6 0 9 3 18 17 -
Halfway 0 0 2 0 2 - -

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