First steps toward Little League World Series taken Thursday

July 04, 2012|From staff reports
  • Three of the last four winners of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Baseball tournament have gone on to win the state championship, too  including Conococheague in 2011.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

It takes only about three hours to drive the 150 or so miles from Hagerstown to South Williamsport, Pa., the site of the Little League World Series.

For the teams of 11- and 12-year-olds that take part in the tournaments that lead to the World Series, the journey to South Williamsport is much more difficult than the actual drive.

The first steps in that journey will be taken Thursday as the Maryland District 1 tournament begins with four first-round games in Washington County.

National plays at American, Maugansville travels to Valley, Federal hosts Clear Spring and Hancock plays at South Mountain. All games begin at 6 p.m.

The four teams who drew first-round byes will be on the road in the second round on Friday. Sharpsburg plays at the National-American winner, Conococheague plays at the Maugansville-Valley winner, West End goes to the Clear Spring-Federal winner and Halfway plays at the Hancock-South Mountain winner.

The double-elimination tournament continues through the end of next week, with the championship round scheduled for July 13 and, if necessary, July 14.

The district champion advances to the state tournament, which will be played in Brunswick from July 21 to 27.

Three of the last four district champions — Conococheague in 2009 and 2011 and Federal in 2008 — have gone on to win the state tournament.

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