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In Little League divisions other than the major baseball level, all Washington D.C. leagues compete in Maryland District 3, and advance through the Maryland tournament structure. In the major baseball division, the winner of the District 3 tournament (which encompasses only District of Columbia leagues) advances directly to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament.
Ward 7/6th District National 8, Capital 1
Capitol City 11, Northwest Washington 1 (5 innings)
Senators 14, Satchel Paige 1
Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Northwest Washington d. Satchel Paige (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Ward 8 National 8, Ward 7/6th District National 7
Capitol City 10, Senators 1
Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Senators 6, Capital 0 (forfeit - see below; elim.)
Northwest Washington d. Ward 7/6th District National (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Finals:
Capitol City 6, Ward 8 National 0 (forfeit)
Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Northwest Washington 9, Senators 6 (elim.)
Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Northwest Washington d. Ward 8 National (elim.)
Capitol City 6, Northwest Washington 0 (TITLE)
In the elimination bracket quarterfinals, Capital defeated the Senators 12-3, but the victory was overturned when the Senators won a protest over the eligibility of a Capital player.
Capitol City Little League's home field at Chevy Chase Park in Northwest Washington is nestled just inside the boundary that separates the District of Columbia from Maryland. The park is so close to the Maryland border, in fact, that when a batter clears the ballfield's fences, there's a good chance that the ball will also sail over a second fence five feet beyond that marks the boundary of the park, and of the District. Going yard, for a Capitol City slugger, can mean launching a shot that eventually lands in another state.
Ryan Lowe's leadoff home run in the final game of the District of Columbia championship tournament was in no danger of leaving the District's boundaries -- the game was played at the Fort Lincoln Baseball Complex in Northeast Washington rather than at Capitol City's home field. But while the Capitol City left hander's blast stayed inside the city limits, it meant his team would have the opportunity to leave the District: Lowe's home run was all the offense Capitol City would need, as pitcher Ian Horkley blanked Northwest Washington Little League 6-0 to give Capitol City its 14th consecutive District of Columbia championship. With the win, Capitol City advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.
Horkley struck out twelve batters and pitched a complete game as Capitol City picked up its second win over Northwest Washington. Capitol City had opened the tournament with an 11-1, mercy rule-shortened win over Northwest, then won once on the field and once via forfeit to reach the championship game. Northwest Washington rebounded from the opening round loss, winning four consecutive elimination games to earn a rematch.
Lowe's homer gave Capitol City a quick edge in the championship game, and the Chevy Chase gang added to the lead later in the inning. Alex Spiliotes singled, Horkley doubled, and Alex Hagan blooped a single to right field that added a second run. Later in the inning, Will Comiskey's infield single drove in another run.
Northwest pitcher Ian Graham settled down after the early rally, keeping Capitol City off the scoreboard until he switched positions in the fifth inning. Brice Plebani's RBI single later in that inning plated Justin Donaldson with an insurance run, and Capitol City added two more in the sixth before Horkley quelled a late Northwest rally with a pair of game-clinching strikeouts.
"It was a competitive game," said Capitol City manager Mike Domanski after his team's closest win of the tournament. "Northwest really came to play."
However ready the teams were at the start of the game, Northwest Washington and Capitol City had to wait to actually begin their championship matchup: the teams arrived to find a stolen car abandoned, burning, and conspicuously parked on the infield at Fort Lincoln's main field. Once the game commenced, the defenses practiced their own form of theivery, with Northwest center fielder Clifford Foreman's diving catch preventing an extra base hit in the second inning and Capitol City's Alex Guerra stranding a pair of baserunners with slick glovework on a grounder into the hole at shortstop in the third. Capitol City also curtailed a rally in the fifth with an inning-ending double play on a rundown following a pop fly to short right field.
Comiskey had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for Capitol City, which has never lost in the District's championship tournament. Foreman and Dan McNamara had two hits each to lead Northwest Washington, which improved upon its fourth-place showing in the 2000 District tournament.
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