2014 Tournament of champions
Frederick American Angleberger Field | June 15th - 17th, 2014
Host - Frederick American (Baker Park)
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 12 noon
Four County 1 vs FNLL North End 2
Thurmont 11 vs Montgomery Co 0
EFFL FSK Lions 2 vs Brunswick Cubs 16
Mon, June 16th, 2014 -6pm (Game 4)
Mon, June 16th, 2014 -630pm (Game 5)
Both Postponed Rain
Tues, June 17th, 2014 -6pm (Game 4)
Tues, June 17th, 2014 -630pm (Game 5)
Thurmont 5 vs Brunswick 6
Wed, June 18th, 2014 -6pm (Game 4)
FNLL North End 12 vs Frederick American 2 (Four Innings)
Friday, June 20th, 2014 -6pm : Max Kehne Park, 7th Street
FNLL North End vs. Brunswick Cubs
NECA rally revolves around Griffin
By Bill Cauley News-Post Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick National Little League’s North End Civic Association baseball team was running out of innings Friday.
The city team trailed Brunswick’s Cubs by four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but two swings of Josh Griffin’s bat changed all that.
He led off the NECA half of the fourth with a solo home run. When he came around to bat again in what turned out to be a 12-batter inning, Griffin blasted a two-run triple to right field, highlighting a seven-run outburst.
From there, NECA held off the Cubs down the stretch for a 7-6 win and the District 2 Tournament of Champions title at East Frederick Little League.
“We just had to start playing as a team,” Griffin said. “We knew we could rally if we just put our mistakes behind us.”
It’s what NECA manager Chip Stitely’s been stressing with the team since opening day in April.
“All season, we’ve said if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we can come back,” he said. “We were flat in the beginning, but it was a great comeback effort.”
NECA struggled through the early innings, stranding four base runners through the third. Trailing 4-0 in the fourth, the game’s momentum changed in a hurry, starting with Griffin’s blast.
On a 3-2 count, he got all of a high fastball and sent it over the wall in center field, breaking the shutout.
“It was right at the belt, where I like it,” he said. Cubs’ starter Kane Miller retired the next two NECA batters in order, then issued back-to-back walks to Tyler Willett and Ian Kline. Jacob Orr beat out an infield single, loading the bases.
Three consecutive Cubs errors followed, resulting in four NECA unearned runs, which gave it a 5-4 lead. Griffin returned to the plate for the second time in the fourth for his two-run triple, which gave NECA a 7-4 lead.
“We sort of imploded,” Cubs coach Drew Hawes said. “We made some mental mistakes.”
NECA didn’t score anymore, but its defense had to hold off the Cubs down the stretch.
The Cubs scored twice in the fifth. A sacrifice fly by Dylan Gordijenko and an NECA error accounted for both runs. NECA got out of the sixth, stranding one Cubs’ base runner.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Trevor Barnhouse. Jacob Barton pushed across a run in the third when he grounded into a forceout. Tyler Pearl doubled in two runs the fourth for the Cubs, giving them a 4-0 lead.
A.J. Enriquez was NECA’s starter, pitching through the fifth. He allowed five runs, leaving the game in the fifth when he reached his pitch-count limit. Devin Coldern came on in relief to pick up the save.
In addition to his homer and triple, Griffin had a leadoff double in the second. Orr had two hits with a double.
NECA to face Brunswick in Tournament of Champions final
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Frederick National’s North End Civic Association and Brunswick’s Cubs have advanced to today’s title game in the District 2 Little League Baseball Tournament of Champions.
NECA earned its berth Wednesday in a 12-2 (four innings) win over Frederick American’s Sertoma. Brunswick ousted Thurmont on Tuesday, 6-5.
NECA and the Cubs will play in today’s championship game at 6 p.m. at Frederick American’s Austin F. Angleberger Stadium.
In Wednesday’s win over Sertoma, NECA’s Alex Dunheimer had a grand slam in the fourth inning. Teammate A.J. Enriquez had a two-run shot in the second.
Dunheimer was the winning pitcher in relief, combining with Tyler Willett on a one-hitter.
Michael Chaing had a single with an RBI for Sertoma.