SALISBURY, Md. -- Trailing 8-1 in the fourth inning and facing elimination from the Maryland State Tournament on Wednesday night, the Halfway 11-12 All-Stars made a comeback for the ages to reach the championship round.
John Davies capped an eight-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk-off grand slam, giving Halfway a 13-9 victory over Berlin in the losers' bracket final at West Salisbury Little League.
"We had a lot of timely hits, and that dugout erupted when he hit that walk-off," Halfway manager Mike Gooden said. "It was a magical, magical moment."
Halfway will face Brunswick tonight at 5:30 in the championship round. Halfway -- which lost to Brunswick 5-1 in the winners' bracket final on Tuesday -- has to defeat Brunswick tonight and again on Friday to win the state title and advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.
"We have decent arms available, and our bats are picking the right time to heat up," Gooden said. "Our kids have battled all year, and this is just another battle."