2015 Maryland State Little League® Tournament Results
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2015

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Maryland State Tournament
Host - Easton (District 6)
At North Easton Park

North Easton Park is located at 1078 North Washington Street in Easton.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions West End (Hagerstown)
District 2 Champions Montgomery County (Germantown)
District 4 Champions South Maryland (Davidsonville)
District 5 Champions Rising Sun
District 6 Champions South Caroline (Preston)
District 7 Champions Bethesda
District 8 Champions Delmar

Click here to view 2015 district tournament results for Maryland.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Delmar 6, Rising Sun 2
West End 18, South Maryland 2
Bethesda 5, Montgomery County 4

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Delmar 14, South Caroline 3
Bethesda 4, West End 3

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Montgomery County 7, South Maryland 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Rising Sun 15, West End 4 (elim.)
Montgomery County 11, South Caroline 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Delmar 5, Bethesda 2

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Montgomery County 17, Rising Sun 9 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Bethesda 9, Montgomery County 3 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Delmar 14, Bethesda 4 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

J.T. Burdett's two-run single keyed a four run first inning rally, as his Delmar Little League all-star team started and finished strong in a 14-4 win over Bethesda Little League in the Maryland state championship game at North Easton Park.

Delmar grabbed control of the game with the early rally, and, after Bethesda zoomed to within a single run following a three-run rally in the third, closed out the game with a nine-run rally in the bottom of the fourth that invoked the mercy rule and ended the game.

"We finally hit together as a team," said Delmar manager Roger Waters after the championship game. "Finally, the whole game, we came up and finally hit. Through districts and even state, we had not hit as a team at all, collectively. Tonight, we finally came together and did it."

The result was a first-ever state championship for Delmar in the major baseball division. The Delmar-Bethesda matchup marked the first time since 1994 that both teams reaching the Maryland championship game were first-time finalists.

Five straight hitters reached safely in Delmar's first inning rally, and Luke Waters added a solo home run in the second that gave the District 8 champions a 5-1 lead.

Delmar closed out the game with its uprising in the fourth inning. Gavin Roystuart opened the frame with a double, then Luke Waters belted his second home run of the game. Two batters later, Dylan Pasta added a two-run shot that stretched their lead to 9-4. Four more singles and a walk continued the inning, and Khalik Beasley's double with one out drove in two runs and ended the game.

Roger Waters had tapped starting pitcher Jock Luthey to cover the first few innings of the game, with a plan to relieve him with one of Delmar's top two pitchers midway through the game. Instead, Luthey threw a complete game and earned the victory.

"Jock, I got one more extra inning than I wanted to get out of him," explained Roger Waters. "I just wanted him to throw three. I was trying to save (our aces for a potential 'if' game)."

The win was Delmar's second over Bethesda in the double-elimination tournament. In the winner's bracket final, Delmar reversed an early 2-0 deficit, and used a strong emergency relief effort by Pasta to stifle Bethesda's offense in a 5-2 victory.

Bethesda struck for a pair of first inning runs in the game. Cole Philpott led off the game with a home run, and Michael Kennedy soon followed with a run-scoring double to the right field fence. Roger Waters responded by sending Pasta to the mound, and the left-hander quickly ended the rally by registering a strikeout and inducing an grounder. Pasta went on to strike out eight in 3-1/3 innings, and exited with his team in front by a 5-2 margin.

With Pasta holding Bethesda's offense in check, Delmar took the lead in the fourth inning. Luthy lifted a solo home run to center field that tied the game, and John Roberts followed with a walk. Special pinch runner Garrett Southern advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then Gavin Grey delivered an infield single that plated Southern with the go-ahead run.

In the fifth, Khalik Beasley homered to right field, then Pasta singled and scored on Dylan Larmore's base hit.

"We made the decision that we had to win this one," explained Roger Waters of the early pitching change. The win advanced Delmar to the championship round, while a loss would have meant the team would need three consecutive victories to win the tournament.

Pasta turned the ball over to Southern as his pitch count reached a threshold that would require an additional rest day, and Southern struck out five of the eight batters he faced to close out the win.

Delmar had opened the tournament with a 6-2 win over Rising Sun Little League, then dispatched South Caroline Little League, 14-3 in five innings, in their second outing. South Caroline held a 2-1 advantage in the third inning after Gunner Johansen's home run, but Delmar regrouped, scoring six runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth to seal the victory. Luke Waters' grand slam as part of the six-run fourth snapped a 2-2 tie and put Delmar in front for good, before Beasley's two-run single and Pasta's two-run homer keyed the rally in the fifth.

"Their first pitcher did a good job," said Roger Waters. "But we began hitting the ball better late on, and a couple of errors were key, too."

"It's a lot easier from here than to have to go into the loss bracket," added the Delmar manager. "We get a day off to rest pitchers, and now, one win from the championship game, we get to wait and see (who their opponent will be)."

Their title game opponent turned out to be Bethesda, which eliminated Montgomery County Little League with a 9-3 decision in the winner's bracket final.

Delmar became the fourth consecutive league from District 8 on Maryland's Eastern Shore to claim the state championship and advance to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. West Salisbury Little League had won the Maryland championship in 2012 and 2014, while Berlin Little League did so in 2013. Delmar won three of its five games at the region tournament, dropping a pair of decisions to eventual region runner-up Jackson Township (New Jersey) Little League and eventually finishing third in the six-team tournament.

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Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Delmar 0 0 1 2 2 0 5 - -
Bethesda 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 - -
  Championship Game
Bethesda 0 1 3 0 4 - -
Delmar 4 1 0 9 14 - -




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