2008 Little League® Baseball Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
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2008

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Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
Host - Eastern Region Headquarters; Bristol, Connecticut
At Breen Field; A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center

Participating Teams City League
Delaware State Champions Middletown M-O-T LL
District of Columbia Champions Washington D.C. Capitol City LL
Maryland State Champions Hagerstown Hagerstown Federal LL
New Jersey State Champions Bordentown Bordentown LL
New York State Champions Haverstraw Haverstraw LL
Pennsylvania State Champions Devon Devon-Strafford LL

The 2008 Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament used a pool play format. At the completion of pool competition, the top four teams advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Click here to view state tournament results for Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament participants.


Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Friday, August 1):
M-O-T (Delaware) 7, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 5
Haverstraw (New York) 11, Bordentown (New Jersey) 1 (5 innings)

Day 2 (Saturday, August 2):
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 12, M-O-T (Delaware) 0 (6 innings)
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 5, Bordentown (New Jersey) 4

Day 3 (Sunday, August 3):
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 11, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 4
Haverstraw (New York) 11, M-O-T (Delaware) 1 (6 innings)

Day 4 (Monday, August 4):
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 7, Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 4
Bordentown (New Jersey) 4, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0

Day 5 (Tuesday, August 5):
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 9, Haverstraw (New York) 7
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 16, M-O-T (Delaware) 5 (5 innings)

Day 6 (Wednesday, August 6):
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 8, Bordentown (New Jersey) 7
Haverstraw (New York) 9, Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 5


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 4 0 15
Haverstraw (New York) 3 1 16
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 2 2 25
Bordentown (New Jersey) 1 3 24
M-O-T (Delaware) 1 3 44
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 1 3 29

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals (Friday, August 8)

Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 10, Bordentown (New Jersey) 0 (4 innings)
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 13, Haverstraw (New York) 11

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Championship Game (Monday, August 11)

Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 8, Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

Pick an option: your fourteen-year-old son's team advance to the PONY League World Series, or your twelve-year-old son's team reaches the Little League World Series.

Tough choice? How about this one: you throw a no-hitter and hit three home runs in your team's first region tournament game, or you hit just one and allow five hits in the championship game.

Or try this: you have feast-or-famine success during your team's sternest test of the summer, alternately being held without an RBI one day and taking over the game with your bat the next -- or you have a slow-and-steady approach, chipping in a hit here and there and consistently producing a run or two each game for your team's offense.

For the Hagerstown Federal Little League all-star team, the answers were all of the above. It was a summer for the ages.

Hagerstown ran roughshod over Maryland competition during the 2008 international tournament, then won all six of its games at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. The final win, an 8-3 victory over Pennsylvania's Devon-Strafford Little League, catapulted the Marylanders into the Little League World Series.

"It's been a magical week," said Hagerstown manager Bill Abeles, Jr. after his team captured the region title. "If you had told me a week ago we would go undefeated through regionals, I'd have looked at you cross-eyed. The kids played great."

None moreso in the championship game than Zane Schreiber. While hot-and-cold during pool competition -- he drove in four runs on two occasions and none in the other two games -- Schreiber's title game feast was an all-you-can-eat effort, as the Hagerstown first baseman slammed a pair of home runs and a double to lead Federal's offense. Schreiber deposited a bases-loaded fastball beyond the center field fence in the second inning to open up a 6-0 Maryland lead, and added a solo shot in the fourth. The homers were two of the four Hagerstown hit in the championship game, and brought the team's total in Bristol to 21. Federal homered at least once in each of their region tournament games, and hit four or more on four different occasions.

"You don't know who's going to be the hitter in any game," said Abeles, whose team had hit another 24 home runs against Maryland competition. "This is one of those extraordinary years we have some depth with twelve-year-olds."

That depth was centered around Federal's five returnees from the previous year's team. Schreiber hit .500 and drove in 16 runs. Andrew Yacyk homered six times, including three while pitching a no-hitter against M-O-T (Middletown, Delaware) Little League in the tournament opener, and earned the win in the championship game. Ryan Byard scored ten runs and drove in eight, Josh Barron closed out the championship game win, and Mark Grunberg anchored the defense in center field while also picking up a win following an all-hands-on-deck rally in a pool win against Bordentown (New Jersey) Little League.

"I do not discount the experience factor," explained Abeles. "Especially last year. When they were nine- and ten-year-olds playing in minor league all-star games, that's a different level of baseball. It helps mold the kids, but you don't have the leadership and you don't have the same pressure. The core of five guys that felt the pressure in the state tournament in 2007 are leading them now."

Yacyk set the standard in the team's debut in Bristol. The six-foot left-hander homered in the first, third, and fifth innings -- he was pitched around in the sixth, and Schreiber promptly followed the walk with a grand slam -- and faced the minimum eighteen batters while throwing a no-hitter. Yacyk allowed the first batter he faced to reach via an error, but a fielders choice and unsuccessful steal attempt erased the runner as Yacyk went on to retire the final 17 hitters he faced, including eleven via strikeout.

"I've coached him the last five years and I have seen him blossom," said Abeles. "When he was eight, I had a solid group of twelve-year-olds but he was my starting first baseman at eight. I think he hit somewhere around .300 and he was scared of nothing."

Yacyk showed no fear in the regional either, homering twice more in pool competition, and carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning of the championship game win. One of his home runs came in a victory over Capitol City (Washington, D.C.) Little League, when Federal fell behind 4-0 before coming to bat, but responded with eleven unanswered runs. Byard started the comeback, homering on the second pitch he saw in the bottom of the first inning to start a rally that included run-scoring hits from catcher Dalton Jobe and left fielder Josh Moats. Jobe, whose steady contribution included RBIs in each of Hagerstown's final five games at the tournament, then added a three-run homer in the second to put the Maryland team on the path to victory.

"At any level, you want to get right back in it and get on the board," said Abeles of his team's first inning response. "To get that goose egg off the board really got us going. It got momentum on our side."

The next day, Federal turned on the power jets again, and defeated Devon-Strafford, 7-4. Hagerstown grabbed an early 4-1 lead on homers from Jobe and Schreiber, and then using two-out RBI hits from Yacyk and Schreiber in the fourth inning to snap a 4-4 tie. Relievers Adam Blenckstone and Barron combined for five strikeouts in four innings of work and retired the final nine Pennsylvania hitters they faced.

"We knew that this was going to be a tough game heading in," said Abeles. "I just told the kids that this was one of those type of grind-it-out wins, and we knew that we were going to have some of these type games."

Federal clinched a semifinal round berth with the win, then Abeles used the team's final pool game to set his pitching rotation for the elimination rounds. Hagerstown used six pitchers and fell behind 6-0 against Bordentown, before scoring seven times in the final two innings to rescue an 8-7 victory.

"At the end of the game, we just wanted to keep chipping away," said Abeles, whose team didn't score until a throwing error helped to plate a run in the fourth. "I knew the bats would come alive at some point."

"Obviously, our strategy was to keep all the top pitchers available going into Friday," added the Maryland manager. "This was probably as deep (into the pitching staff) as we want to go. We had one more kid and then I was probably going to have to go under the bleachers and get a jersey and start shaving."

Hagerstown faced the same team again in the semifinal round the next day, and with the stakes much higher, scored in each at-bat of a 10-0, four inning victory. All of Hagerstown's runs scored on the team's five home runs. Schreiber fired the opening salvo with a three-run drive in the first, and Barron followed with a two-run shot later in the inning. Byard and Jobe connected on solo homers in the second, and Byard added a three-run shot into a stand of trees down the left field line in the third. It was Byard's first-ever multi-home run game.

Schreiber went the distance, allowing four hits and stranding six New Jersey baserunners as Abeles watched his team inch closer to South Williamsport.

Two days later, Federal took the final step toward Pennsylvania, as Yacyk's pitching and Schreiber's bat helped the Marylanders to top Devon-Strafford in the championship game. It was Hagerstown's fourteenth victory in as many games since the start of the international tournament, and for Schreiber's family, capped a memorable summer. Schreiber's older brother Zach was a member of Hagerstown's PONY League all-star team, and the older squad began play in that organization's World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania, the day before Federal earned its championship game victory. The dueling World Series berths capped a string of developments that Hagerstown dared not dream about when the summer began.

"We (Hagerstown's coaches) still pinch ourselves a little bit," noted Abeles during the tournament. "We knew we had talent, but we weren't sure what we were walking into. At every level, there's a little devil on my shoulder that tells me 'some team's going to clean your clock'. But they keep performing."

And succeeding. From the small stage of Maryland's District 1 tournament, where a handful of fans watched Federal begin the international tournament, to the team's final game, a prime time, nationally-televised contest played before 12,500+ spectators at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Hagerstown Federal kept strong-arming the little voice to the side. Sometimes relying on powerful pitching, sometimes leveraging an overwhelming offense, and in other cases simply drawing upon the experience of the team's savvy veterans -- the choice of weapons mattered little.

Federal had all of the above.


Linescores:

  Pool Play Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 3 1 1 5 7 1
M-O-T (Delaware) 3 3 0 1 0 x 7 4 0
  Pool Play Game 2
Haverstraw (New York) 4 4 0 0 3 11 12 0
Bordentown (New Jersey) 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3
  Pool Play Game 3
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 1 0 2 0 2 7 12 10 1
M-O-T (Delaware) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
  Pool Play Game 4
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 8 0
Bordentown (New Jersey) 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 8 2
  Pool Play Game 5
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 3 3 0 2 3 x 11 7 1
  Pool Play Game 6
Haverstraw (New York) 0 0 2 0 6 3 11 12 2
M-O-T (Delaware) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
  Pool Play Game 7
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 2 0 2 3 0 0 7 6 0
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 0
  Pool Play Game 8
Bordentown (New Jersey) 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 7 1
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
  Pool Play Game 9
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 2 1 0 0 0 6 9 10 1
Haverstraw (New York) 0 1 5 1 0 0 7 11 4
  Pool Play Game 10
M-O-T (Delaware) 1 0 4 0 0 5 6 6
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 2 4 0 6 4 16 15 0
  Pool Play Game 11
Bordentown (New Jersey) 1 2 3 0 0 1 7 11 1
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 0 0 0 1 4 3 8 9 2
  Pool Play Game 12
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 0 3 2 0 0 0 5 4 1
Haverstraw (New York) 0 3 2 4 0 x 9 10 2
  Semifinal Round
Bordentown (New Jersey) 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 5 2 3 x 10 8 0
  Semifinal Round
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 3 1 6 0 3 0 13 14 3
Haverstraw (New York) 3 2 2 0 1 3 11 14 4
  Championship Game
Devon-Strafford (Pennsylvania) 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 5 0
Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) 1 5 0 2 0 x 8 9 2




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