9-10 state tourney: Federal wins title

July 22, 2012
  • The Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars won the Maryland state championship on Sunday at Waldorf, Md., defeating Frederick National 11-1. From left to right: Seated -- Kyle Corley, Braden Kolb, Tyler Remsburg, Toddie Stocks, Brayden Quirple and Micheal Keats. Standing -- manager Tim Kolb, Dylan Watson, coach Tim Walter, Ben Caldwell, Garrett Kercheval, Ian Selby, Jaylend Williams and coach Brian Selby.
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WALDORF, Md. — The Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars completed their path from the losers’ bracket all the way to the Maryland state title on Sunday, dominating Frederick National 11-1 in four innings.

Federal lost its first game of the tournament 10-9 to South Maryland in extra innings, then won six straight games to claim the championship.

“I think the first game when we got down here, the nerves got the best of us and we didn’t hit the way we were capable,” Federal manager Tim Kolb said. “I think we left 15 men on base that game. ... When the nerves went away, we did what we did through districts and we started to hit.

“It’s just an unbelievable job by these boys, to bounce back and win six in a row. These boys have fought hard. It hasn’t been easy traveling back and forth, but nothing gets to these kids, they play their game all the time and I’m honored to be a part of this. It’s hard to put into words, I don’t know how to say what I’m feeling.”

On Sunday, Federal jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Toddie Stocks walked and stole second before Brayden Quirple’s RBI double. Ben Caldwell singled, Ian Selby ripped a two-run triple to the fence and Dylan Watson’s groundout scored Selby.

“Once these boys get a lead, they just relax and it’s huge to have them come out and get on top early,” Kolb said. “It just sets the tone for the rest of the game, and when you can make the other team feel the pressure, it takes a lot off of you.”

A six-run third inning gave Federal a 10-0 lead. Braden Kolb and Quirple singled before Caldwell and Selby hit RBI singles for a 6-0 lead. Watson walked, Garrett Kercheval hit an RBI single and Watson stole home to make it 8-0. Jaylend Williams walked and Stocks capped the rally with a two-run single.

Selby pitched three-plus innings, stranding two Frederick National runners in the second inning and getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the third without allowing a run.

Frederick National finally got on the board in the fourth after Selby allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Kercheval relieved Selby and walked in a run with one out to make it 10-1, but got two strikeouts and a popup to get out of the inning with minimum damage.

Federal shut the door in the bottom of the fourth. Quirple and Caldwell singled and Selby walked to load the bases before Watson drew a walk to end the game.

“I had no idea what to expect going into states,” Tim Kolb said. “These kids just keep proving themselves to everybody. ...  Everything I’ve asked them to do, they’ve done without hesitation. ... They have faith in each other and it’s just an unbelievable run.”

The run will continue at the Mid-Atlantic Regional, beginning Saturday in Cranston, R.I. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m. Federal will play its first game on June 29 against Delaware at 10:30 a.m.

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