MAUGANSVILLE — Nothing could stop the Maryland District 1 Little League Home Run Derby from being held Sunday.
Not even Mother Nature.
The skies opened up seven batters into the Derby and halted competition for nearly 90 minutes before it resumed. It took approximately 10 volunteers, three Shop Vacs, a bevy of shovels and rakes, some additional dirt and even a Gatorade bottle to get the water off the field so the Derby could resume.
“The kids really wanted to (finish the competition),” Maugansville Little League president Kelly Colbert said. “Maugansville is really blessed with volunteers.”
Alfonso White won the 11-year-old competition in walk-off fashion with five homers, while Malik Carey took the 12-year-old crown with seven dingers.
White was the 12th and final batter in the 11-year-old contest and was able to blast one more home run than runner-up Trevor Knode.
“I listened to what my coach told me about turning my hips,” White said. “I was a little nervous but I started to get into a groove with seven outs.”
Carey was the seventh batter in the 12-year-old contest and ripped four straight home runs before mashing his seventh one over the Maugansville Ruritan building behind the fence to left-center.
“I was having problems warming up,” Carey said. “But around the fifth out I stopped shaking and got a groove. I was a little nervous.”
Carey’s pitcher was his father, Preston.
“All the boys did well,” Preston Carey said. “It’s been a special year for Malik and his team. I’m very proud of him.”
Tyler Unger hit two home runs in the 11-year-old contest, while Max Conrad, Michael McCook and Gavin Shubert each hit one.
Jeremiah Clemmer and Chandler Penn had five homers each in the 12-year-old contest. Alex Myers, Hunter Mellott and Matt Harsh each went deep three times and Gage Kyler and Brady Norris had two bombs each. Brandon Gooden, Brice Sharenbrauch and Jordan Washington each went deep once.
* Maugansville Little League will host the Maryland District 1 11-12 State Tournament at the end of July.
“The state tournament is as much about District 1 as it is about Maugansville,” Colbert said. “It’s an honor to host it. It’ll be a lot of work, but the support will be good.”