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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.
Satchel Paige d. Inner City
Senators 7, Capital 5
Capitol City 14, Northwest Washington 0 (4 innings) (PERFECT GAME)
Ward 7/6th District National 6, Ward 8 Nationals 0 (forfeit)
Elimination Bracket - Round 1:
Capital d. Inner City (elim.)
Northwest Washington d. Ward 8 Nationals (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Capitol City 6, Ward 7/6th District National 0 (forfeit)
Senators d. Satchel Paige
Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals:
Capital 9, Satchel Paige 7 (elim.)
Northwest Washington d. Ward 7/6th District National (elim.)
Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Northwest Washington 5, Capital 4 (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Finals:
Capitol City 12, Senators 0 (4 innings) (NO-HITTER)
Elimination Bracket Finals:
Northwest Washington d. Senators (elim.)
Capitol City 8, Northwest Washington 0 (TITLE) (PERFECT GAME)
Johnny Vander Meer, meet Alex Spiliotes. He's the kid that found a way to top your back-to-back no-hitters.
Vander Meer was in his second major league season in June of 1938 when he marked his place in major league baseball history by throwing consecutive no-hitters against the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers. Spiliotes, a second-year member of the Capitol City Little League all-star team in Washington, D.C., pitched back-to-back perfect games to lead his team to the District of Columbia championship and a berth in the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.
Spiliotes' pitching gems both came against Northwest Washington Little League, as Capitol City opened and closed the tournament with wins over its neighborhood rival. The Chevy Chase-based league opened the tournament with a four inning, 14-0 victory over Northwest, and after a forfeit win and a victory over the homestanding Senators Little League, closed out the league's fifteenth consecutive District of Columbia championship with Spiliotes' second gem in an 8-0 win over Northwest Washington.
"This is the first time I can remember a kid throwing two perfect games in the tournament," said Capitol City manager Mike Domanski.
Spiliotes also helped Capitol City with his bat in the championship game, doubling in the third inning before later scoring his team's second run on Daniel Gerstell's RBI single.
Capitol City had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when leadoff batter Louis Arenstein reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on an overthrow after he stole third base.
Spiliotes extended the lead in the fifth, driving a two-run homer over the left center field fence. Liam Duffy's hit later in the inning plated Gerstell, Joe Bubar, and Luke Stoiber as Capitol City extended its lead.
The next inning, Spiliotes ended the game with his fourteenth strikeout of the game as Capitol City secured a berth in the region tournament.
Northwest Washington earned the rematch with Capitol City by posting four consecutive wins in the elimination bracket. The final win came over the Senators, who fell into the bottom bracket when Capitol City's Arenstein pitched a no-hitter of his own in a 12-0 victory in the winner's bracket final.
Capitol City edged eventual top seed Lower Sussex Little League (Frankford, Delaware) 6-5 at the region tournament, but an extra inning loss to Nottingham Little League (Hamilton Square, New Jersey) and a one-run loss to eventual region champion Harlem (New York) Little League left the District's champion in fifth place at the completion of pool competition with a 1-3 record.
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