2013 Maryland State Little League® Tournament Results
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Maryland State Tournament
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Maryland State Tournament
Host - Arbutus (District 4)
At Arbutus Middle School

Arbutus Middle School is located at 5525 Shelbourne Road in Arbutus.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Conococheague (Williamsport)
District 2 Champions Brunswick Railroaders
District 4 Champions Arbutus
District 5 Champions Elkton Community
District 6 Champions South Caroline (Preston)
District 7 Champions Bethesda
District 8 Champions Berlin

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Conococheague 11, Brunswick Railroaders 2
Elkton Community 8, South Caroline 4
Berlin 4, Bethesda 3

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Conococheague 6, Arbutus 0
Berlin 12, Elkton Community 2 (4 innings)

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
South Caroline 7, Bethesda 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Brunswick Railroaders 9, Elkton Community 2 (elim.)
South Caroline 9, Arbutus 4 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Berlin 2, Conococheague 0

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Brunswick Railroaders 9, South Caroline 7 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Brunswick Railroaders 6, Conococheague 4 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Berlin 5, Brunswick Railroaders 1 (TITLE)


Tristan McDonough has a knack for making games shorter, and opponents' days longer.

McDonough threw four innings of one-hit relief, striking out eleven batters and helping his Berlin Little League all-star team to a 5-1 victory over Brunswick Railroaders Little League in the Maryland state championship game at Arbutus Middle School near Baltimore.

The victory gave Berlin its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and meant that the league's players won consecutive state championships in the 9-10, 10-11, and major baseball divisions between 2011 and 2013. Berlin had also defeated Brunswick, 6-2, in the 10-11 year old state championship game the prior summer.

Brunswick struck first in the championship game, when Sam Watkins drove a pitch over the center field fence in the bottom of the second inning. But Berlin answered immediately. Hayden Snelshire singled with one out in the third, and Tristan McDonough followed with a single and moved to second on defensive indifference. Billy Wheatley grounded to the shortstop, but the throw to first was in the dirt, and Snelshire scored to tie the game. Matt Kinsey doubled to right field to drive in a pair of runs, and on the next pitch, Wes Powell delivered a two-run homer to center that gave Berlin a 5-1 lead.

Berlin's strategy after the rally was simple: hand the ball to their top pitcher, and watch him quickly grind through the remaining outs that Brunswick had available to them.

"What we were looking to do was what happened for us," said Berlin manager Cameron McDonough. "Zach Pletcher threw strikes, and once we got the lead, we'd turn it over to Tristan."

"Hats off to them," said Brunswick manager Jason Cooper. "That pitcher was pretty much lights out."

"We had that one bad inning," added Cooper. "Other than that, we played a clean game. (I) couldn't have asked for more. We got five strong innings out of (James Marker)."

Marker, the Brunswick pitcher, struck out ten batters in five innings. After homering twice in an earlier win over South Caroline Little League, including a walk-off three-run homer, Marker was intentionally walked by Berlin in each of his first two plate appearances.

While Berlin established control early in its championship game win, it waited until the final batter to decide its opening round win over Bethesda Little League. In a game that saw four lead changes, Bethesda carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, before Kinsey connected for a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that gave Berlin a 4-3 victory.

Ryan Duncan tripled in the first and homered in the fifth for Berlin, and Snelshire struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in 3-2/3 innings on the mound.

Later that day, Berlin moved into the winner's bracket final with a four inning, 12-2 win over Elkton Community Little League. Elkton scratched for an early 1-0 advantage, but Berlin scored four times in the third inning and pulled away with eight in the fourth. Powell, who homered in the third, had a pair of hits and three runs batted in, while Kinsey homered for the second consecutive game.

Berlin's opponent would be Conococheague Little League, which upended Brunswick, 11-2, in the tournament's first game, and then blanked Arbutus Little League, 6-0 in its second game. Berlin managed just two hits against Conococheague, but turned them into the game's only runs in a 2-0 victory over the District 1 champions. Duncan delivered a run-scoring hit, and Tristan McDonough scored Berlin's second run. Meanwhile, Snelshire scattered three hits over five innings, and Tristan McDonough then shut down Conococheague in the sixth.

"Snelshire was beautiful to watch tonight," said Cameron McDonough of his starting pitcher. "He rotated his pitches and was getting ahead of batters to control the game."

Conococheague had its opportunities late in the game, getting leadoff triples in the fourth and fifth innings. But infielder Kevin Beck caught the runner leaning the wrong way on a grounder in the fourth and picked him off third, and in the fifth, Tristan McDonough fielded a grounder and threw out a runner at the plate.

"We have good bats, but we hang out hats on our defense," explained Cameron McDonough. "I told our boys after the game we made every play tonight."

The win moved Berlin into the championship round, and sent Conococheague into an elimination round rematch with Brunswick. The Railroaders reversed their earlier defeat, defeating Conococheague 6-4 to earn a championship round berth. Brunswick snapped a 2-2 tie in the third when George Avel doubled, Lucas Stroud singled, and Marker singled to give his team a 4-2 lead. In the fourth, Avel drove in a run with a groundout, and Marker followed with a ground rule double that plated a second run.

Conococheague scored twice in the sixth, but Watkins registered a game-ending strikeout to complete the victory.

"It was a great game," said Cooper, the Brunswick manager. "We did everything right that we didn't do in the first game against them."

The next day, Brunswick grabbed the early advantage, but Berlin was too strong and closed out its state championship run.

"We're good," said Cooper after the game. "They were just better."

Berlin split its four pool competition games at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut, and then fell in the semifinal round, 9-3, to Lionville (Pennsylvania) Little League.

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


  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Berlin 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 - -
Brunswick Railroaders 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 - -

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