Berlin 11-12 All-Stars Advance In States

BERLIN- The Berlin Little League 11-12 All-Star team advanced to the semifinals in the Maryland state tournament this week with a come-from-behind win over Conococheague, 3-2, on Tuesday.

Berlin beat South Maryland, 12-1, in its opener in the state tournament last weekend to advance to Tuesday’s semifinal game against Conococheague but fell behind, 1-0, early as a dominant opposing pitcher kept them off the board for the first four innings.

In the fifth inning, however, Berlin’s Kannon Cropper lead off with a walk, followed with a single by Stephen Wade. Another single by Owen Knerr scored Cropper to tie the game at 1-1 and Wade advanced to third. Riley Calloway, who hit a grand slam in Berlin’s opener in the state tournament, pinch ran for Wade at third.

Two pitches later, Calloway stole home to put Berlin ahead, 2-1. In the sixth inning, Conococheague tied the game, 2-2, with a solo home run, setting up some late inning heroics for Berlin. In the bottom of the sixth, Berlin’s Alex Navarro led off with a single and later moved to second on a wild pitch. Berlin’s Lucas Loring that cracked a double off the outfield fence, scoring Navarro to secure the dramatic walk-off win in the final inning. With the win, Berlin advanced to the winner’s bracket finale and could face Conococheague again this weekend.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.