SALISBURY, Md. - If it's any consolation to the South Mountain Little League team, it didn't exactly lose on Wednesday at the Maryland State 11 & 12 Tournament.
It was stolen from them.
Northern Calvert, the District 7 champ, executed a delayed double steal in the top of the seventh inning to pilfer a 5-4 victory over South Mountain in the tournament's losers' bracket final.
The loss eliminated the District 1 champions, who finished in third place, and moves Northern Calvert into tonight's championship round match with West Salisbury for the right to advance to the Little League regionals.
South Mountain came back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 to force extra innings, but couldn't keep Northern Calvert from gaining the upper hand in the extra inning. In fact, Northern Calvert scored the winning run without the benefit of a hit.