2014 Frederick City TOurnament
Robert B. Staley Stadium | June 13 - 16, 2014
2014 Frederick City Little League Tournament host by Frederick National Little League. Tournament is for the league champions from the three Frederick City leagues, Frederick National, Frederick American and East Frederick Little Leagues.
Host - Frederick National
Game 1: Friday 6/13/14, 6:30pm -- EFLL AMC Mortgage 9 v. FALL Elks 2
Game 2: Saturday 6/14/14, 6:30pm -- EFLL AMC Mortgage 0 v. FNLL Lions 1
Game 3: Sunday 6/15/14, 6:30pm -- FALL Elks 8 v. FNLL Lions 12
Game 4: Monday 6/16/14, 6:30pm --
Game 4: Tuesday 6/17/14, 6:30pm --
EFLL AMC Mortgage 5 v. FNLL Lions 8
2014 City Champion - FNLL Lions
Fowkes, Lions gain revenge in City Little League final
Frederick National’s Lions reclaimed the City Little League championship Tuesday, in part because of some late-game heroics by Matt Fowkes.
He belted a grand slam as part of a five-run fifth inning, which broke a 3-3 tie. Fowkes also pitched in the sixth to earn a save, and the Lions posted an 8-5 win over defending champion AMC Mortgage (East Frederick) in the title game at Robert B. Staley Stadium.
AMC Mortgage beat the Lions last year in the championship game, 15-6.
Tuesday, the Lions took a 3-0 lead on AMC Mortgage into the bottom of the fourth, when AMC Mortgage scored three runs to tie the score.
The Lions moved quickly to retake the lead.
Christopher Shores drew a leadoff walk, then moved to second on a single to left by Ben Cole. Jackson Burns walked to load the bases.
After Brayden Tyeryar lined out to second, Noah Shoemaker singled up the middle, scoring Shores and giving the Lions the lead back, 4-3. Bowie followed with a line out to shortstop.
Then Fowkes ripped his grand slam over the left-field wall. “It was right where I like them,” Fowkes said of the high-and-inside fastball he belted. “At first, I didn’t really know if it was going to go out or not, but it ended up going over.”
Fowkes remembers when the Lions won the city crown two years ago. He also remembers the frustration of losing the title last year. “I wanted (the championship) back my last year.”
Lions’ manager Danny Miller wasn’t all that worried when AMC Mortgage tied the score. He knew his team was capable of coming back, given the type of regular season it had.
“This team has gotten a lot better over the past year,” Miller said, recalling how mistakes cost his team the title in 2013. “It’s just a great group of kids. For one thing, this team doesn’t quit. Also, this is team is way better defensively than last year. You can see by some of the plays we made today.”
One such play was in the first with two outs and a runner on first, when Burns made a diving catch of a fly ball near the right-field line.
AMC Mortgage’s three runs in the fourth scored on back-to-back RBI singles from Ryan Blaszczak, Jacob Marunycz and an RBI groundout from Michael Holman.
Shane Bowie was the Lions’ starter, picking up the win with seven strikeouts in five innings. In addition to the traditional fastball and curveball, Bowie had another pitch to his arsenal — a football change-up.
“You grip the ball like you’re going to throw a football,” Bowie said. “It gives it a little different feel and different spin.”
“We saw it last year at the Little League World Series,” Miller said of the different style of pitch. He takes a group of players to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, every year to see some series games.
“We watched it, we thought we might give it a try,” Miller said. “He did a nice job with it.” When Bowie reached his pitch-count limit after five innings, Miller brought on Fowkes, who retired all three batters he faced.
Shoemaker, Fowkes and Alex Tyeryar all had two hits for the Lions. Nick Dionne had two hits with a triple for AMC Mortgage.
“We were down twice, we could’ve easily packed it in,” AMC Mortgage manager Jeff Wachter said. “We rallied back. We were a little short on pitching. When Fowkes knocked it out, that was a real back-breaker right there, but we still battled back.”
National into City Little League final
Matt Fowkes homered, and Shane Bowie drove in two runs as Frederick National’s Lions defeated Frederick American’s Elks 12-8 Sunday to reach the Frederick City Little League Tournament championship game.
Alex Tyeryar added two doubles for Frederick National, which will host East Frederick’s AMC Mortgage at 6:30 p.m. today at Frederick National’s Robert B. Staley Stadium.
An extra game will take place Tuesday if needed.
Terrell Winston led Frederick American with two doubles and two RBIs.
John Harris and Michael Digirolamo each added a double.
Four advance at District 2 Little League tourney
Frederick National, Brunswick and Thurmont were all first-round winners on Sunday in the District 2 Little League Tournament of Champions.
Frederick National defeated Four County, 2-1; Thurmont blanked Montgomery County in four innings, 11-0; and Brunswick defeated East Frederick in four innings, 16-2.
National faces host Frederick American, which drew a first-round bye, and Brunswick will play Thurmont at East Frederick in today's semifinals.
The Frederick National at Frederick American game begins at 6 p.m.
The Brunswick-Thurmont game will start tonight at 6:30.
The championship game will be played at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Extreme pitchers' duel goes to Lions in city LL tourney
In a pitchers’ duel on both sides, Frederick Nationals’ Lions edged East Frederick’s AMC Mortgage 1-0 on the second day of the City Little League Tournament on Saturday at Robert B. Staley Stadium.
Two pitchers on each side combined on a pair of two-hitters.
Noah Shoemaker and Shane Bowie combined for the win for the Lions (1-0) with seven strikeouts. For AMC Mortgagec (1-1), Rob Wachter and Ryan Blaszczak were the pitching combo with eight strikeouts.
Between the four pitchers, there were just 65 pitches thrown in the game.
The game’s lone run was unearned, scoring on an error in the first inning.
In today’s city tournament game, Frederick American’s Elks (0-1) play the Lions at 6:30 p.m.
The District 2 Tournament of Champions begins today at Frederick American’s Austin F. Angleberger Stadium.
Four County plays Frederick National at noon; Thurmont faces Montgomery County at 3 p.m. East Frederick plays Brunswick at 6 p.m.