MAUGANSVILLE — Elkton brought out the big bat, using three big innings to defeat South Maryland 13-2 in five innings on Sunday in a winners’ bracket semifinal of the Maryland State 11-12 Tournament at Maugansville Little League’s Jay W. Stouffer Field.
Nick Gregson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third and Dakota Hodgson added a three-run shot to help Elkton win by the 10-run rule and advance to the winners’ bracket final against Northern Calvert on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Gregson and Hodgson have each homered in Elkton’s two state tournament games.
“We preach that hitting is contagious and you saw it tonight,” said Elkton manager Dale Ross.
With the game tied at 1, Gregson started the third-inning rally with his homer that just cleared the right-field wall. Hodgson and Chase Wunder also scored to give Elkton a 5-1 advantage. Elkton added five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a bases-loaded double by Wunder.
Hodgson slammed a three-run homer to center field in the fifth to give Elkton the walk-off win.
“We have power all the way through our lineup, they just happen to be the ones that are hot right now,” Ross said.
South Maryland will face South Caroline today at 4 p.m. in a losers’ bracket game.
West Salisbury 12, Thurmont 10
As the old saying goes, no lead is safe.
West Salisbury came back from an 8-4 deficit in the fifth inning before exploding for eight runs win a losers’ bracket game and eliminate Thurmont.
“That’s exactly what I told my kids, that no lead is safe,” said West Salisbury manager Chuck Rousseau.
West Salisbury’s huge fifth was highlighted by back-to-back homers — a two-run shot by Cade Rousseau and a solo blast by Ryan Wootten — and a two-run single by Nick Peterman.
“They showed a lot of heart,” said Rousseau. “Our bats woke up and I told them good things happen with base runners.”
Thurmont’s Cory Worth hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to two, but it wasn’t enough. Michael Tylicki led Thurmont with a two-RBI double in the first inning and a solo homer in the fourth.
West Salisbury moves on to face District 1 champ Conococheague in another elimination game today at 7 p.m.