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Elkton, No. Calvert, Delmar win games in Maryland 10-11 tournament

July 18, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

Elkton defeated Arbutus 7-6 on a game-ending wild pitch, and Northern Calvert defeated East Frederick 14-4 in five innings Saturday in first-round action of the Maryland State 10-11 Little League Tournament at West End Little League.

Elkton led 5-0 when Arbutus exploded for a six-run rally in the top of the fourth, highlighted by a two-run double by Jalen March and a two-run single by Zachary Rouk.

"I told my players to calm down, maintain focus and play our baseball," said Elkton coach Eric Gregson. "We still had much baseball to play."

The lead was short-lived as Chase Wunder tied the game with an RBI groundout in the bottom half, scoring Nick Gregson for his game-leading third run.

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In the sixth, a wild pitch allowed Casey Baker to score the winning run.

"That's the first time this year that's happened, and hey, we'll take it," said Gregson.

* Northern Calvert took advantage of ineffective pitching to overcome East Frederick.

East Frederick tied the game at 3 in the top of the fourth, but Northern Calvert scored eight runs in the bottom half -- capped by a grand slam by Dillon Waters, who lifted a fastball over the fence in left center to plate Mac McGrath, Matthew Bennett and Justin Hitt.

"I felt it was a good pitch so I turned on it," said Waters. "I was pumped running to first as I saw the ball flying over the wall."

Bennett pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and one walk. He showed exceptional control of his curveball, as he hit the corners of the strike zone with ease.

Northern Calvert coach Steve Kingsbury is proud of the win, but knows his team can do more.

"We've got to get the bats moving. We're making contact but we're not hitting with power," said Kingsbury. "I've seen what these teams have done over the season, now we've got to get it done."

* In Saturday's late game, Delmar defeated Home Run Baker 4-2 in seven innings.

Home Run Baker led Delmar 2-0 on three hits through the fifth inning, before Delmar tied it up in the top of the sixth on RBIs by Ben Dashiell and Austin Rhodes, sending the game to extra innings.

Isaac Austin hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh for the winning runs.

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