SALISBURY, Md. -- Simply put, the Halfway Little League 11-12 All-Stars ran out of arms and out of gas in the Maryland State Tournament championship round Thursday.
With its four top pitchers unavailable after pitching earlier this week, Halfway was powerless to stop Brunswick's offense in an 18-2 loss at West Salisbury Little League.
Brunswick tied the record for most runs in a state title game and set the record for largest margin of victory. Brunswick won its seventh state title -- its first since 1995 -- and earned a berth in the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn., next week.
"Hats off to Brunswick, they're a great hitting team," Halfway manager Mike Gooden said.
An hour before the scheduled 5:30 start, the game looked likely to be postponed to today because of several storms that socked Salisbury. But the rain stopped and dozens of volunteers helped get the field ready.