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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 d. Ward 8 National
Satchel Paige d. Capital
Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Senators 10, Ward 7-6th District National 7
Capitol City 33, Satchel Paige 1 (4 innings) (NO-HITTER)
Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Satchel Paige d. Ward 8 National (elim.)
Ward 7-6th District National 7, Capital 5 (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Finals:
Capitol City 23, Senators 0 (4 innings) (NO-HITTER)
Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Satchel Paige d. Ward 7-6th District National (elim.)
Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Senators 11, Satchel Paige 3 (elim.)
Capitol City 16, Senators 0 (4 innings; TITLE) (NO-HITTER)
As the start of the 1983 NBA playoffs loomed, Philadelphia 76er center Moses Malone forsaw an easy route for his team through the league's playoffs. "Four, four, and four," predicted the future Hall of Famer, calling for sweeps in each of his team's best-of-seven series.
Malone's team didn't quite reach the lofty heights he predicted -- the Milwaukee Bucks managed one win in their Eastern Conference finals series before the Sixers completed a 12-1 run through the playoffs with a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals. But twenty summers later, the Capitol City Little League all-star team managed a "four, four, and four" sweep of their own: Capitol City swept all three of its games in the District of Columbia championship tournament at the Fort Lincoln Baseball complex, and needed only four innings in each of the wins thanks to a prolific offensive attack. Capitol City outscored its three opponents by a 72-1 margin, did not allow a hit in the tournament, and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut by winning the District of Columbia championship.
Capitol City opened the tournament with a 33-1 win over Satchel Paige Little League, then won a pair of games against the Senators Little League. Four different pitchers contributed to the no-hitter against Satchel Paige, with Luke Stoiber, Nick Plebani, Jeffrey Asuncion, and Daniel Galvez each throwing an inning in the win. Capitol City then buried the Senators early in their first meeting, scoring ten runs in the top of the first inning after the game's first two batters were retired before cruising to a 23-0 victory. Stoiber and Plebani again pitched a hitless inning, then Galvez closed out the four inning victory with two unblemished innings of his own.
The Senators earned a rematch with an 11-3 win over Satchel Paige, but Capitol City clinched the District's championship with a 16-0 victory in the teams' second meeting. Stoiber pitched a complete game in the title matchup, struck out eight batters in a row at one point in the contest and throwing his team's third no-hitter in a row. Plebani's three-run double pushed Capitol City's lead to double-digits in the fourth inning before the game ended early due to the mercy rule.
Capitol City struggled offensively at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut, losing a pair of one-run decisions while dropping all four of its games. The team's efforts did set the stage for a stronger showing in 2004, as Asuncion, Trevor Gopnik, and David Sneeringer all saw extensive playing time in the tournament as eleven-year-olds. Asuncion made two pitching appearances, a prelude to the superb 0.35 earned run average he posted in the following year's region competition.
"Next year he will have the experience of having pitched at the regionals," said Capitol City manager Mike Domanski at the conclusion of the Mid-Atlantic tournament. "That's experience money can't buy."
Domanski has managed the last eleven of Capitol City's sixteen consecutive District of Columbia championship teams in the major baseball division.
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