National Little League showed that patience at the plate can help batters draw a lot of walks.
National drew a total of 10 bases on balls Monday night, including six in a 10-run second inning, on the way to a 12-2 victory over Brunswick in the Maryland 9-10 Section 1 Tournament championship game at Staley Park.
"Before the ballgame, I told the boys that we had to have baserunners," National manager Jeff Swope said. "I made them all look at the first pitch. They were too anxious and too excited in the previous games. The patience paid off big time. It gave our boys a little bit more confidence when we built a big lead. It wasn't a lot, but we got a few hits at the right moments."
National advances to the Maryland State 9-10 Tournament at South Baltimore Little League. Its first game is Saturday at 4 p.m. against the Section 2 champion. The four-team double-elimination tournament runs through Aug. 3.