North East 10-11 base­ball team suf­fers loss in state championship

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After emerg­ing from the District 5 all-star tour­na­ment as cham­pi­ons, the North East 10-11 base­ball team ad­vanced to the fi­nals of the Mary­land state tour­na­ment in Eas­ton.

Un­for­tu­nately, it fin­ished just one win shy of a state crown.

North East fell to Ber­lin, 7-3, fol­low­ing a re­mark­able jour­ney that saw the Ce­cil County squad win four con­sec­u­tive games to reach the fi­nals after a lop­sided loss to open the tour­na­ment knocked the team down to the elim­i­na­tion bracket.

Against Ber­lin, North East fell be­hind early and strug­gled to bat­tle back. Ber­lin scored six runs in the first in­ning, us­ing a home run by Stephen Wade and a two-run dou­ble by Case Til­gh­man to break away on the score­board. Luke Keefer and Lan­don Knaub each drove in a run for North East, which had a chance to come back but strug­gled to cap­i­tal­ize with run­ners on base.

Elim­i­na­tion Bracket Fi­nal North East 8, Cono­cocheague 7

Evan Eng­land col­lected an RBI triple and Ryan James fol­lowed with a run-scor­ing dou­ble and scored on Lan­don Knaub’s sin­gle as part of a high-scor­ing fourth in­ning that de­liv­ered North East the lead for good in a back-and-forth game.

James and Knaub both fin­ished with mul­ti­ple hits and Ma­son New­ton (win) and Luke Keefer (save) com­bined to throw well on the mound for North East, which punched its ticket to the state championship.

North East 5, North­west D.C. 3 Evan Eng­land home­red and Luke Keefer (2-for-3, two RBIs) and Ma­son New­ton both hit RBI sin­gles as part of a three-run third in­ning that gave North East the lead in a re­match from the tour­na­ment opener.

On the mound, Ryan James threw five in­nings for the win and Keefer earned the save for the Ce­cil squad, which earned a trip to the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

North East 20, Tri-State City 2

Evan Eng­land, Lan­don Knaub, Luke Keefer, Ryan James and Will Bre­it­i­gan all pro­duced two hits apiece as part of a 14-run sec­ond in­ning for North East, which later re­ceived a grand slam from Ma­son New­ton as part of a six-run third frame.

Eng­land, the game’s start­ing pitcher, was re­lieved by Ryan James and Keefer for the win­ning team, which banged out 17 to­tal hits. North East 10, St. Mary’s 1

Ryan James and Ma­son New­ton both sin­gled in runs in the first in­ning for North East, which plated four in the fourth in­ning fol­low­ing a home run by Evan Eng­land, Luke Keefer’s two-run hit and James’ home run.

The Ce­cil squad fin­ished the con­test with a dozen hits, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple base knocks from James, Lan­don Knaub and pitch­ers Keefer and New­ton.

North­west D.C. 11, North East 4

An eight-run sixth in­ning proved too much for North East to over­come, send­ing the team to the elim­i­na­tion bracket.

Luke Keefer went 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and two RBIs and Will Bre­it­i­gan also pro­vided two hits in the los­ing cause.

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