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Berlin Little League All-Star teams capture district titles

By Intern, Morgan Pilz | Jul 20, 2017
Photo by: SUBMITTED PHOTO The Berlin Senior League All-Star team was among several squads to capture District 8 titles this season.

(July 21, 2017) A number of Berlin Little League All-Star teams have been successful this season, as five squads captured District 8 titles.

Senior League:

The Senior League team, which consists of players ages 14-18, captured the District 8 title on June 28 in Salisbury, defeating West Salisbury, 11-10. The team then won the state championship with a 7-5 victory over Talbot, in Maugansville, Maryland, July 12. The Berlin squad went undefeated in the state tournament.

“We really played well,” said Head Coach Cameron McDonough. “A lot of these guys have been down this road before, and they know how to win. It’s been a lot of fun.”

The boys will now compete in the regional tournament. They are scheduled to play Friday at 11:30 a.m. in West Deptford, New Jersey.

Major League:

The Major League team, made up of players ages 10-12, earned the District 8 title last Tuesday in Salisbury after edging out Fruitland, 6-2.

“The boys and the coaching staff are excited to play Thurmont Little League [again] for a state title and the opportunity to represent Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament held in Bristol, Connecticut,” said Head Coach Craig Lynch.

The Major League team lost to Thurmont Little League on Tuesday, 3-2, in Fruitland. The next day, Berlin defeated Concocheague Little League, 9-2.

The squad was scheduled to face Thurmont on Thursday in Fruitland. If Berlin won, the team will play Thurmont again on Friday for the state championship at 6 p.m. in Fruitland.

Berlin 10-11 Team:

The 10-11 Little League team, which consists of players ages 10-11, took home the District 8 title with a 10-2 win over Delmar, in Fruitland last Saturday.

“We have a great group of boys and parents and a supportive Little League,” said Head Coach Robert Phillips. “They practice hard and have a winning mindset. Win or lose I know they will give 100 percent.”

The team will now compete in the state tournament, which starts Saturday in Easton. The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. The first game for the Berlin team is at 1 p.m. against St. Mary’s Little League. The boys will have to win five games to become state champions.

Softball Minor League:

The Softball Minor League team, made up of players ages 8-11, won the District 8 title last Thursday with an 18-8 victory over the Delmar Minor League All Stars.

“I started Little League softball in Berlin five years ago, and this is the first time one of our teams have won a district,” said Head Coach Katie Griffin. “These girls are young – most of them 9 years old – but they have an amazing amount of fight in them and are very coachable.”

On Monday in state competition, the Berlin Minor League squad played Four County in Brunswick, Maryland, and won, 17-8. The girls faced St. Mary’s County All Stars on Wednesday in Brunswick and were defeated, 33-3, ending their run for a state title.

“It was an amazing experience for everyone involved and Berlin Little League softball will build from this team’s success and hopefully inspire more girls in our area to play softball,” Griffin said.

Intermediate:

The Intermediate League squad, which consists of players ages 11-13, captured the District 8 title, topping Delmar, 7-6, in Fruitland, June 28.

The team finished third in the double-elimination state tournament in Hughesville, Maryland.

The Berlin squad won its first state game against Conocoheque, 22-1. The group lost to Hughesville, 8-4. The team was eliminated from the tournament by Four County Little League, 10-6.

“First and foremost, they came together as brothers,” said Head Coach Ken Pilarski said. “They played truly as a team, very sportsmanlike, just a really good bunch of boys.

“Wherever they were asked to play, they played their hearts out,” he continued. “They’re really a good bunch of kids to coach. One of the best groups I had in 14 years,” he added.

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