BERLIN- The Berlin Little League All-Star Intermediate team put up a strong showing at the state championship tournament at Mount Airy this week, but fell to Four County, 7-3, on Tuesday after a see-saw game that included five lead changes.
The Berlin Intermediate team got off to a great start at the state championship tournament at Mount Airy, beating Hughesville, 17-4, in the opener. Berlin jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first on an RBI single by Reid Odachowski, a two-run double by Brett Berquist and a sacrifice fly by Nathan Ewell and never looked back.
Berlin scored 12 runs in the first three innings to essentially close out the opener. Berquist drove in five runs, while Ethan Gaskill drove in three and Ewell and Blake Ludlam drove in two each. The four Berlin pitchers scattered just three hits over six innings.
On Monday, Berlin had the tables turned on them with a 17-3 loss to the District 6 All Stars. Berlin’s Mitchel Orf hit a three-run homer in the first, but the game was tied at 3-3 after one inning. District 6 added one in the second to go ahead, 4-3, and three more in the third to extend its lead to 7-3. Most of the damage occurred in the late innings, however, as District 6 scored five in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to pull away for the 17-3 win.
The loss to District 6 sent Berlin to the loser’s bracket and they would have to battle back to get a shot at the state championship. Berlin faced host Four County on Tuesday and battled valiantly for six innings before finally relenting on a late home run. Berlin led 2-0 early with single runs in the first and second. Four County tied it with two runs in the fourth. Each team scored a single run in the fifth to keep the game tied at 3-3. Four County took the lead with a single run in the sixth to go ahead, 4-3, and broke it open for good in the seventh with a two-run homer and a single run to prevail and eliminate Berlin.
Meanwhile, a couple of other Berlin Little League teams put together impressive runs through the District 8 playoffs only to falter in their respective championship games. The 9-10 softball team beat Snow Hill, 18-8, to advance, but fell in the next round to Delmar. Berlin went down to the loser’s bracket and beat Snow Hill again, 7-6, to earn a rematch with Delmar. However, Delmar beat Berlin, 13-2, to claim the championship and advance to the state tournament.
Berlin’s 9-10 baseball team also strung together some impressive wins before falling in the title game. Berlin beat Snow Hill, 18-4; beat Willards, 26-5; and topped Princess Anne, 10-0, before falling to Delmar, 12-0. Berlin then went back down and beat Fruitland, 1-0, in a tight game before falling to Delmar, 16-2, in the championship.