Headed to Bris­tol

Hugh­esville 11-12 base­ball downs Del­mar to claim state cham­pi­onship

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter win­ning an 8-7 nail-biter over Lau­rel of Prince Ge­orge’s County two days prior, the Hugh­esville Lit­tle League base­ball team pow­ered it­self to a 12-5 vic­tory over Del­mar to cap­ture the 11- to 12-yearold Lit­tle League state cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day evening at Robert D. Stethem Memo­rial Park in Wal­dorf.

The game was halted in the bot­tom of the sixth with two outs due to the heavy rain and thun­der­storms.

Hugh­esville, the District 7 cham­pi­ons which won three straight games in the state tour­na­ment, now ad­vances to the 2016 Lit­tle League Base­ball Mid-At­lantic Re­gional Tour­na­ment in Bris­tol, Conn. It will open the seven-day re­gional tour­na­ment with state cham­pion Penn­syl­va­nia at 10 a.m. Sun­day.

“This is my first trip to re­gion­als,” Hugh­esville man­ager Ch­ester Bowl­ing said. “I’ve been coach­ing Hugh­esville for five or six years and I’ve watched most of these kids grow­ing up. They are just a good group to coach and it should be up a lot of fun to con­tinue our run up to Bris­tol.”

Del­mar gave Hugh­esville all it could han­dle in Thurs­day’s state ti­tle af­fair. Wth the score tied at 4, Hugh­esville ex­ploded for eight runs in the top of the fifth to put the game away, sparked by two home runs by from Tyler Quade in the same in­ning.

Hugh­esville had four home runs in the con­test.

Quade led off the fifth with a solo homer over the right-field fence off of pitcher Jaden Shel­ton to put Hugh­esville up 5-4.

“At first I wasn’t see­ing the ball very well, but it was pretty cool to get back-to-back homers,” said Quade, who did not get a hit in his first two at-bats. “This is once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity and I can’t wait to go to re­gion­als with my team. I think we can go all the way as long as we have hot bats and our pitch­ing stays on point.”

With two outs, Allen

Miller drove in An­thony Owens on a bases-loaded sin­gle to push the lead to two runs.

An er­rant throw be­hind home plate and another over­thrown ball at third, brought Tyler Val­land­ing­ham, Cole Hark­ness and Miller to home plate to ex­tend the Hugh­esville lead to 9-4.

Three bat­ters later and still with two outs, Quade was back up at bat again and this time hit a three­run home run over the right-field wall to cap off the scor­ing in the in­ning for Hugh­esville, which col­lected five of its 11 hits in the in­ning.

Hugh­esville start­ing pitcher Blake Pe­sante struck out 10 bat­ters, sur­ren­der­ing just two earned runs on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 in­nings.

Pe­sante also fin­ished 3 for 4 at the plate, in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble in the top of the first for Hugh­esville’s first run of the game and a two-run homer in the third that gave it a 3-2 lead.

“I just wanted to change the speeds of my pitches so that the hit­ters could not get used to my fast­ball,” he said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to this ex­pe­ri­ence to share with my team­mates.”

Af­ter Alex Borges’ solo home run pushed things to 4-2, Del­mar tied the game at 4 as Gavin Gray and Jaryn Sam­ple scored af­ter a throw from catcher Chet Bowl­ing be­hind home plate de­flected off the um­pire stem­ming from a wild pitch by Pe­sante.

Hugh­esville Lit­tle League cap­tured the 11- to 12-year-old Mary­land state base­ball cham­pi­onship on SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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