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Berlin LL All-Star 10-11 squad eyes Md. Championship

By Intern, Morgan Pilz | Jul 27, 2017
Photo by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Berlin Minor League Softball All-Star team won its first District 8 title this season.

(July 28, 2017) Several Berlin Little League All-Star teams won District 8 titles this season and one even captured a state championship trophy, while another is still in the running.

Berlin 10-11:

The 10-11 Little League team took home the District 8 title with a 10-2 win over Delmar in Fruitland, July 15.

“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.”

In the state tournament, which started last Saturday in Easton, Berlin 10-11-year-olds topped St. Mary’s Little League, 17-2 in its first game. On Sunday, Berlin edged out Northwest D.C., 12-11.

The local team battled Concocheague on Wednesday night and won 12-5. Berlin’s next game is Friday at 6 p.m. against either North East or Concocheague.

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 ended their run in the regional tournament on Monday with a loss to Delaware, 3-0. The first game was against Pennsylvania last Friday in West Deptford, New Jersey, and Berlin lost 7-6. The team came back the next day, and beat Rhode Island, 21-1. On Sunday, Berlin outscored Maine, 8-2.

“For the core group of this year’s team, this is it for them as far as Little League,” McDonough said. “And that’s pretty rough for me because my son’s in that group and a lot of his friends he used to play with since they were like 8 years old.

“That particular group has won six state championships, a regional title [and] they’ve been in a world series,” he continued. “They’re quite an accomplished group and so this was their final time playing Little League baseball. We’ve had a blast. It’s been amazing.”

Major League:

The Major League team, made up of players ages 10-12, earned the District 8 title on July 11 in Salisbury after edging out Fruitland, 6-2.

In the state tournament, the Berlin Major League team lost to Thurmont last Tuesday, 3-2, in Fruitland. The next day, Berlin defeated Concocheague Little League, 9-2.

The squad faced Thurmont again last Thursday in Fruitland and fell short, 11-5.

“Most of these boys, [this is their] last season of Little League,” Head Coach Craig Lynch said. “[I’m] proud of the hard work that they were willing to put in and the fact that they always had each other’s back. [I’m] looking forward to watching them continue to get better over the next few years.”

Softball Minor League:

The Softball Minor League team, consisting of players ages 8-11, won the District 8 title July 13 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 July 17 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 last 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, made up 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, July 8. The group lost to Hughesville, 8-4 later that day. The team was eliminated from the tournament on July 9 by Four County Little League, 10-6.

“First and foremost, they came together as brothers,” said Head Coach Ken Pilarski. “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.”

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