Road ends in Bris­tol for Hugh­esville Lit­tle League Gets elim­i­nated by Mil­ton in ex­tra in­nings in Mid-At­lantic re­gional tour­na­ment

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

It has been an emo­tional roller­coaster for the Hugh­esville Lit­tle League 11- to 12-year-old base­ball team the last sev­eral weeks.

Hugh­esville rolled through the Mary­land state tour­na­ment on July 28 en route to a 12-5 win over Del­mar of Delaware in the cham­pi­onship game. Be­fore that, it cap­tured the Dis­trict 7 tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship.

The jour­ney con­tin­ued as Hugh­esville ad­vanced to the Mid-At­lantic Re­gional tour­na­ment at Breen Field in Bris­tol, Conn.

Hugh­esville lost the opener Sun­day 10-7 to Key­stone of Penn­syl­va­nia. Tues­day, the jour­ney came to an end as Hugh­esville suf­fered a 5-2 set­back in seven in­nings to Mil­ford of Delaware and was elim­i­nated from re­gional play. Lit­tle League reg­u­la­tion con­tests are six in­nings.

Mil­ford’s Chase Boyle came on in re­lief in the bot­tom of the se­cond in­ning and recorded 10 strike­outs in the game to hold off the Hugh­esville of­fense in five in­nings of work.

Hugh­esville man­aged just one hit off of Boyle, who did not give up any runs and walked just three bat­ters.

Mil­ford’s Tyler Hus­bands hit a three-run home run in the sev­enth to break a 2-2 tie and help se­cure the come-from be­hind win over Hugh­esville.

Hugh­esville loaded the bases in the bot­tom of the sev­enth with two outs, but Mil­ton was able to get out of the jam to help pre­serve the vic­tory.

Hugh­esville went up 2-1 in the bot­tom of the first on a fielder’s choice and an RBI dou­ble by Alex Borges, but Mil­ton, which out­hit Hugh­esville 8-4, tied the game on a dou­ble by Brian Sponau­gle and a sin­gle by Ti­mothy Hitch­cock in the sixth.

Mil­ton’s Hunter Rauch gave his team some life as he opened the sev­enth in­ning with a sin­gle. An­drew Criswell was in­serted as a pinch run­ner and moved to se­cond on Kye Wells’ walk to help set up Hus­bands’ big hit.

Rauch also got the win on the mound for Mil­ton, pitch­ing one in­ning of shutout ball with three strike­outs, sur­ren­der­ing just one hit with one walk.

Hugh­esville starter Tyler Quade went the first four in­nings, giv­ing up just one run on three hits with five strike­outs and a walk. Borges pitched the fi­nal three in­nings and took the loss, al­low­ing four runs on five hits, in­clud­ing the three-run homer.

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