2011 Maryland State Little League® Tournament Results
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Maryland State Tournament
Host - Maugansville (District 1)
At Jay W. Stouffer Field

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Conococheague (Williamsport)
District 2 Champions Thurmont
District 4 Champions South Maryland (Davidsonville)
District 5 Champions Elkton Community
District 6 Champions South Caroline (Preston)
District 7 Champions Northern Calvert (Dunkirk)
District 8 Champions West Salisbury

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Northern Calvert 13, South Caroline 9
South Maryland 6, Thurmont 1
Elkton Community 9, West Salisbury 5

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Northern Calvert 4, Conococheague 2
Elkton Community 13, South Maryland 2

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
West Salisbury 12, Thurmont 10 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
South Maryland 15, South Caroline 14 (elim.)
Conococheague 9, West Salisbury 1 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Conococheague 10, South Maryland 9 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Elkton Community 5, Northern Calvert 3

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Conococheague 8, Northern Calvert 4 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Conococheague 11, Elkton Community 1 (6 innings)
Conococheague 14, Elkton Community 10 (TITLE)


Summary:

Conococheague Little League started the Maryland state tournament with a whimper. They ended it with a bang.

After managing just two hits and hitting one other ball out of the infield in a 4-2 loss to Northern Calvert Little League in their state tournament opener, Conococheague won five consecutive games to claim its second state championship in three years.

Conococheague tallied eight or more runs in each of their subsequent games, and scored 12 of their 14 runs via home runs in a 14-10 championship game victory over Elkton Community Little League.

Conococheague's run through the bottom bracket included a 10-9 victory over South Maryland Little League in which the District 1 winners trailed by four runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning, and the final game slugfest in a game which saw a 98 minute rain delay, seven home runs, and six lead changes.

Levi Taylor had two of the game's home runs, and helped Conococheague to seal the title with a three-run shot and a grand slam in his final two at-bats as his team rallied from 5-1 and 7-6 deficits in the contest.

Conococheague opened the scoring in the final game at Maugansville Little League's Jay W. Stouffer Field, scoring on Jake Arnone's single in the first inning. But Elkton struck back in the third, when Austin Ross' three-run homer capped a five-run rally and gave the District 5 winners their first lead of the game.

Conococheague responded with five of its own in the bottom of the inning, when Robert Carr drilled a grand slam.

From that point, the game evolved into a volley of home runs: Jake Stewart's solo shot helped Elkton to a 7-6 lead in the top of the fourth, before Taylor's three-run blast and Arnone's solo home run put Conococheague back in front in the bottom of the inning. Nick Gregson's three-run homer helped Elkton to draw level in the fifth, before Conococheague made a final push in its half of the inning.

Isaac Schlottenbeck, Justin Beckley, and Caden Keplinger all walked to load the bases, before Levi Taylor drove a pitch over the center field fence for his seventh home run of the tournament. Arnone, who threw the final five innings for Conococheague, closed out the win in the top of the sixth and helped his team to claim a bookend to the 9-10 year old state championship that many of the same players had won in 2009. Conococheague had also won Maryland's major baseball state championship in that same summer.

"This is unbelievable," said Conococheague manager Pat Taylor. "There is nothing I can say. The kids are amazing. The kids on Elkton are amazing, too. There was so much heart on this field tonight."

Conococheague's heart was on display throughout the tournament, as the locals were forced to take a circuitous route to the title game following the opening round loss to Northern Calvert. Curveball specialist Dillon Waters surrendered only four hits and struck out twelve batters over 5-2/3 innings as Northern Calvert kept Conococheague off the scoreboard until the final inning.

Northern Calvert converted two hit batsmen, three walks, two wild pitches, and a throwing error into three runs in the second inning, and added another unearned run in the third.

"(Waters) did a phenomenal job," said Northern Calvert manager Steve Kingsbury. "I looked at our catcher and he said 'I got it. I know what to call.'"

"Conococheague is a strong and powerful team," added the Northern Calvert manager. "We knew we were in for a battle."

The eventual champions would continue to battle, ousting West Salisbury Little League, 9-1, behind three Levi Taylor home runs, and then stunning South Maryland with a bottom-of-the-sixth comeback in a 10-9 victory.

Conococheague broke to an early 5-0 lead in the win over South Maryland, but a series of errors sparked a South Maryland comeback, and the District 4 winners carried a 9-5 lead into the sixth. But in the bottom of the sixth, seven consecutive hitters reached base as Conococheague clawed back from the deficit.

Levi Taylor opened the inning with a single, then Arnone and Gage Kyler followed with singles of their own that narrowed the deficit to 9-6. Carr added a run-scoring double, and Schlottenbeck followed with a two-run single that tied the game. After Hunter Ostrom walked, Justin Beckley sliced a double that landed on the right field foul line and plated special pinch runner Jerry Moschel with the winning run.

"What can you say?" remarked Pat Taylor after the game. "Justin (Beckley) gets very excited and I just wanted to calm him down. I just wanted him to see a pitch he could hit."

Carr was the winner in relief for Conococheague, as the team's coaches managed pitch counts closely with an eye toward what they hoped would be an extended stay in the bottom bracket.

"We didn't have our big inning yet," explained Pat Taylor of his thinking prior to the sixth inning rally. "(Carr) kept us in the game. We asked him to pitch with guts and heart and he did a terrific job."

The win earned Conococheague a rematch with Northern Calvert, as Elton Community dispatched their Southern Maryland opponents by a 5-3 margin in the winner's bracket final. Pitcher Austin Ross threw 3-2/3 no-hit innings for Elkton, and Nick Gregson contributed three hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning.

Elkton manager Dale Ross employed an unconventional strategy in the waning moments of the game, bringing on reliever Will Lorman to replace Jake Stewart in a bases loaded situation with one out and two strikes on the batter. Lorman threw four consecutive curveballs for strikes to retire the final two Northern Calvert hitters and send Elkton to the state championship game for the first time since 2007.

"I was watching (the Northern Calvert hitter's) swing, and he was starting to catch up to (Stewart's) fastball," explained Dale Ross. "I have great faith in our pitching staff. I went to Will because he has that curveball that he throws when he is ahead in the count. He threw four straight and never tried a fastball."

Conococheague took advantage of its second shot at Northern Calvert, riding the bat and arm of Levi Taylor to an 8-4 victory in the elimination bracket final. Levi Taylor escaped a potential threat in the top of the first inning, then delivered a solo home run which sparked a four-run Conococheague rally. Northern Calvert twice narrowed the deficit to two runs, but Levi Taylor scattered seven hits over 5-2/3 innings before exhausting his pitch count, and Schlotterbeck gave Conococheague breathing room with a two-run homer in the third inning.

The eventual champions then demonstrated that they had learned from their earlier loss, exhibiting patience at the plate and capitalizing on ten Elkton errors in an 11-1 victory that forced the tournament to a final game. Arnone set the tone for Conococheague by jumping on a hanging curveball and drilling a two-run homer in the top of the first for the game's initial runs.

"After the first game, we didn't want to go up and be free-swinging," explained Pat Taylor. "The only thing I can say is Jake is Jake. He is a natural athlete and things seem to go his way when he hits."

Conococheague batted around in the second inning, and capitalized on two Elkton errors in a four-run rally that put the game out of reach. Schlotterbeck added a two-run homer in the fourth and a single as part of a three-run sixth. Arnone, Kyler, and Carr each contributed two hits for the winners, and Schlotterbeck surrendered only one run and one hit in a complete game effort.

"Isaac was magnificent," said Pat Taylor. "I'm extremely proud of him. He pitched very well and he stayed within himself."

"It was just one of those nights," said Dale Ross after his team was forced to a final game. "We need to regroup and come back better. We'll have everything fixed."

Elkton limited its defensive miscues and found its offense in the deciding game, but Conococheague's potent and in-form offense helped lift the District 1 winner to its third-ever state championship in the major baseball division. Conococheague won the Maryland championship in 1961 before winning again in 2009.

Both of those teams claimed their Maryland crowns without a loss, in contrast to the roller coaster experienced by the 2011 champions.

"I couldn't be more proud of them," said Pat Taylor of his team after it claimed the championship flag. "It's been an amazing week. I just can't believe how it all unfolded."

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Linescores:

  Elimination Bracket Semifinal 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
South Maryland 0 0 4 3 2 0 9 - -
Conococheague 1 4 0 0 0 5 10 - -
  Winner's Bracket Final
Elkton Community 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Northern Calvert 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 - -
  Elimination Bracket Final
Northern Calvert 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 - -
Conococheague 4 0 2 1 1 x 8 - -
  Championship Series Game 1
Conococheague 2 4 0 2 0 3 11 9 -
Elkton Community 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 10
  Championship Series Game 2
Elkton Community 0 0 5 2 3 0 10 - -
Conococheague 1 0 5 4 4 x 14 - -




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