HAGERSTOWN — Major League Baseball held its Home Run Derby in Kansas City on Monday night.
A few hours before, the Maugansville All-Stars held their own version at American Little League.
Maugansville stayed alive in the Maryland District 1 11-12 tournament by blasting four home runs in a 17-2 victory over American in a game shortened to four innings by the mercy rule.
“It was the first game we hit the way we were supposed to,” Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh said. “We finally brought it tonight.”
Justin Akins, Mark Spicher and T.J. Quelet all hit dingers for Maugansville in the third inning and Jacob Pugh homered in the fourth inning.
Maugansville got plenty more big hits throughout the game and scored at least five runs in three separate innings.
Jacob Carbaugh drove in Maugansville’s first run with an RBI single in the first inning. Akins had a two-run double and later scored on Spicher’s double, then Brandon Gasaway drove in Spicher with a single to take a 5-0 lead.
“Our motivation is that we don’t want to stop playing,” Jason Carbaugh said. “The losers’ bracket is a long road, but these 11- and 12-year-olds want to keep playing.”
American scored a run in the second inning before Maugansville’s derby got underway.
Akins’ solo shot was the first homer of the third inning. Spicher mashed a two-run bomb later on and Quelet capped off the exciting inning with a three-run shot to put Maugansville up, 11-1.
“Maugansville is well coached and well organized,” American manager Eric Stubbs said. “They brought their A-game and we brought our C-game.”
American scored its second run in the bottom of the third when Alfonso White scored on a throwing error.
Pugh hit a three-run homer, Ben Gazzola and Hoyt Chaney each drove in a run and Chaney scored on a passed ball to put Maugansville ahead 17-2 in the fourth.
Jared Caudell strung together two innings of one-hit baseball for Maugansville and struck out three.
“(Caudell) was focused tonight. He went out and did what he needed to do,” Jason Carbaugh said. “The defense was very strong, too. We told him to throw strikes and let the defense work.”
Maugansville travels to Valley for another elimination game tonight at 6.