Halfway scored nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to break a 2-2 tie on the way to a 12-2 win over Arbutus in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland State 9-10 Little League Tournament at American Little League on Monday. The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Halfway plays South Caroline in the championship round of the double-elimination tournament tonight at 6 p.m. Halfway must win to force a final game on Wednesday.
South Caroline beat Halfway 7-4 in Sunday's winners' bracket final.
Kyle Crist had a leadoff double and a two-run single for Halfway in its nine-run third inning. Halfway finished the game with 12 hits.
"We did really good in hitting," Crist said. "We were patient at the plate. We hit the ball hard. I feel that everybody was giving a good effort with their hitting. I feel confident about playing for the championship."