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Maryland 11-12 Little League tourney returns to Washington County

July 22, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

No matter the temperature, the show must go on.

Saturday is the beginning of the Maryland State Little League Baseball 11-12 Tournament, hosted by Maugansville Little League.

The tournament is the next rung on the ladder for seven teams in their hopeful climb toward the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. at Jay W. Stouffer Field, and the tournament gets under way at 1 p.m.

District 6 champ South Caroline meets District 7 champ Northern Calvert in the first game. At 4 p.m., District 2 champion Thurmont goes against District 4 winner South Maryland. The 7 p.m. nightcap will pit District 5 winner Elkton Community against District 8 champion West Salisbury.

Games continue Sunday at noon when District 1 champion Conococheague meets the winner of the South Caroline-Northern Calvert game. Winners from Saturday’s 4 and 7 p.m. games will meet at 3, while the losers of those two games square off in an elimination game at 6.

At least four of the teams — Conococheague, South Maryland, Elkton and South Caroline — went through their district tournaments unbeaten.

Conococheague is in the state tournament for the second time in three years. In 2009 at Waldorf, Conococheague won the state title to advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Brunswick won the 2010 championship, held at West Salisbury.

This is the first time since 2004 that District 1 is hosting the 11-12 tournament. Conococheague was the host league that year, and Maugansville was the district winner.

Also a first, The Herald-Mail will stream live video of every game on its website at www.herald-mail.com, from the first pitch Saturday through the championship round.

* Elsewhere Saturday, Maugansville will begin its quest for a Maryland Senior state championship when it does battle in Waldorf. Maugansville is slated for a 10 a.m. opener against Elkton, the District 5 representative.

Valley will play in the Maryland Junior state tournament, also at Waldorf, against District 8 winner West Salisbury. The game time has been changed from 5 to 9 p.m., a move to help alleviate the heat factor.

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