2000, PIRATES represent BRLL in TOC  

In game 1 of the Tournament of Champions, Jesse Tome pitched a 2-hit shutout as the Pirates blanked Frederick American 5-0. The tournament was being hosted by Four County Little League. No more information is available at this time.

2000, Brunswick 9 & 10's finish 2-2.

Following an uplifting 2-0 start behing two resounding triumphs in the 9 and 10 year old District II Little League all star tournament, the road got tougher for the Railroaders in the final two games of the round robin phase of the tournament.


What appeared to be a comfortable 9 to 2 lead dissapeared into stunned defeat as home-standing East Frederick came back to floor Brunswick by an 11 to 10 final score, giving the Railroaders their first loss in the round-robin tourney. After East Frederick took an early 2-0 lead after 2 innings, Brunswick followed by scoring the next 9 runs to go up 9-2 and appeared to be on the way to victory. Helping to build that seven run advantage was a grand slam homer hit by Seth Haines. For Haines it was his third homer in 3 consecutive all star games and his second bases-loaded round tripper in two games. Haines finished with a perfect 3 for 3 at bat, garnering a pair of singles to go with his grand slam home run. He reached base all 4 times he came to the plate, knocking in 4 runs and scoring 2. Haines also started on the mound but exited after the first 3 innings with the score knotted at 2 runs each.The hard throwing righthander gave up 2 runs and 3 base hits while he struck out all nine outs. Haines walked two in the contest. Matt Baum hurled into thje sixth inning before giving way to Andrew Simpson. East Frederick scored 4 runs in the fourth to close to within a 9-6 score. After scoring a runs in the sixth, Brunswick committed 2 errors and East Frederick rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth to get the hard fought victory. Behind Haines' big game at the plate, Brunswick out hit East Frederick 10-8. Kyle Foltz batted 3 for 4 with a double and two singles. Baum had a pair of singles, Tyler Teegarden had a double and Jeremiah Potter added a single.


It was all Frederick National as they hammered the locals 13-1 behind a combined one-hitter by Ian Hahn and Frank Zier in the ten run rule ended game. That lone hit was a Seth Haines single in the games final inning, the fourth. Andrew Simpson was Brunswick's starting pitcher and worked into the third inning as the Nationals built a big lead with 4 first inning runs and 8 more in the second. Simpson was relieved by Kyle Foltz in the third inning.

2000, Brunswick 11 & 12's fall one game short of District title

The 2000 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Mark Tarleton and coached by Eddie Beauchamp and Ryan Dawson Sr. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Spencer Barrick, Roger Dawson, Aaron Main (11) and Kendall Naylor.  PHILLIES - Patrick Curry and Ashley Love. PIRATES -  Cody Bechtol, Jesse Tome and Eric Zwilsky.  ORIOLES - Josh Allen (11), Andrew Derr and Corey Snoots. REDS - Ricky Dayton

In the year 2000, a change was made in how the District II champion was determined. The teams were split into two brackets. The opening round was a round robin format in which the top two teams of each bracket advanced to the semi-final round of the playoffs. 


Jesse Tome pitched a four-hitter and the Brunswick defense was near perfect while the BRLL all-stars beat host Taneytown 3 -1 in the District II opener. Tome missed a shutout against Taneytown when an unearned run was scored in the final inning. Patrick Curry's base hit knocked in two runs in the top of the first for the visiting Railroaders. That was all the runs that Tome would need as he threw shutout ball through the first 5 innings. Brunswick added an insurance run in the fourth. Tome went the distance on the mound for Brunswick allowing 4 base hits, while striking out 5 and walking 3. 11 year old Aaron Main led the way at the plate with 2 hits including a double. 


A late inning Brunswick fielding meltdown was costly as the host Railroaders fell 10-6 to Thurmont in game 2 of the round-robin bracket portion of the District II playoffs. Brunswick managed only 5 base hits in the contest, the most thrilling being a Eric Zwilsky 2-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to score Brunswick's last 2 runs. In the top of the sixth, with Thurmont up 6-4 with 2 outs, there were 3 Brunswick errors made on one batter that instead of being the third out started a 4 run rally that put the visitors up by a commanding 10-4. Brunswick starting pitcher Roger Dawson, hurled into the fourth inning before being relieved by Kendall NaylorDawson was charged with 5 runs and 6 base hits while he struck out 4 and walked a batter. Naylor pitched 3 frames and gave up 5 runs, only one was earned, and 5 base hits while fanning 4 and issuing 3 base on balls. Andrew Derr was the only Railroader to finish with 2 base hits. 


Eleven year old Aaron Main owned Westminster on Sunday, pitching and hitting the Railroader all-stars to a 10-run rule 15-3 win. Main pitched a 2-hitter in the shortened 4 inning game and continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 3 with a 3-run home run in the fourth, giving him 5 runs batted in and two runs scored. Eric Zwilsky and Andrew Derr each had two hits. Main allowed 3 runs , 1 earned on two hits, striking out 7 and walking 6.


Not since the all star days of 1995 had a BRLL lady player had so much to do with the final outcome of an all star winning effort. Ashley Love pitched a 4-hitter as Brunswick scored in every inning while ten-run ruling and eliminating Four County 15-5 at Marvin E. Younkins Field in Brunswick. Love hurled 5 complete innings allowing 5 runs, all in the second inning, on 4 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3. Aaron Main had 2 hits, including a 3-run homer in the first inning. Andrew Derr had 2 singles. Ricky Dayton had a bases loaded triple in the fifth inning. Brunswick collected 13 walks from Four County pitching.


Jesse Tome got the victory on the mound in a suspense filled 3-1 win over East Frederick. Brunswick, as the second place finisher in the 'A' bracket of the new round-robin format, went up against the first place finisher in the 'B' bracket, East Frederick. The game was played at East Frederick but the Railroaders won the coin flip and chose to be the home team. The game quickly turned into a pitchers duel with Tome pitching 6 solid innings. He threw 81 pitches, most of them strikes as he fanned 11 batters and allowed only 3 base hits. After an Eric Zwilsky double, a misplayed ball off the bat of Ashley Love scored Zwilsky with Brunswick's first run in the second inning.  In the fourth inning, Zwilsky reached on an error and Spencer Barricks base hit put runners on second and third. Love hit a ball to short that was misplayed scoring both runners for a 3-0 lead which was all the offense that Tome would need. Roger Dawson was the only Railroader with two hits. 


Brunswick fell one game short of the District title, losing to Frederick American in the District II championship game 8-3. This year's Brunswick all stars won 4 games and lost 2 in the District II playoffs. Frederick scored two runs in the second to get out on top early but a 2-run home run in the third by Aaron Main with Kendall Naylor aboard knotted the game 2 all. The Americans scored two more runs on five hits in the fourth inning. Brunswick again rallied in the fifth when Main, who went 3 for 3 in the game, singled to chase home Andrew Derr who had walked. Frederick then put the game out of reach when they scored 4 more times in the sixth off a grand slam. Brunswick's starting hurler Roger Dawson was relieved in the second by Naylor. The eleven year old Main came in to start the fifth.  

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Perryville (District 5)
At Perryville Community Little League Complex


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsSouth Mountain (Boonesboro)
District 2 ChampionsFrederick American
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsNorth East
District 5 Runner-UpChesapeake City Community
District 6 ChampionsEaston
District 7 ChampionsHughesville
District 8 ChampionsFruitland


NOTE: District 5 advanced both its champion and runner-up to the state tournament because it was serving as the host district for the state tournament.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Chesapeake City Community 3, North East 2
Fruitland 10, Arbutus 7
South Mountain 5, Frederick American 4
Hughesville 12, Easton 2

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (eight teams remain):
North East 7, Easton 1 (elim.)
Frederick American 11, Arbutus 8 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Fruitland 4, South Mountain 2
Hughesville 5, Chesapeake City Community 2

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
North East 1, South Mountain 0 (elim.)
Frederick American 7, Chesapeake City Community 1 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
North East 3, Frederick American 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Fruitland 10, Hughesville 6

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
North East 5, Hughesville 1 (elim.)

Championship Series:
North East 5, Fruitland 2
North East 5, Fruitland 0 (TITLE)



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2001, Phillies lose first game in TOC

In game 1, the Brunswick Phillies lost to the New Windsor Marlins 4-3 and were eliminated from the 2001 Tournament of Champions  

2001, Brunswick 9-10 All Stars finish 2-2 in District play

The 2001 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by Dave Wigfield and coached by Troy Itnyre and Al Keyser. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Daniel Barnette and Matt File.  PHILLIES - Andy Axline, Chris Majercin and Jeremy Roderick. PIRATES -  Clayton Daugherty and Ethan Tome.  REDS - Ryan Derr, Tyler Itnyre, Seth Keyser, Justin Stone and Ethan Wigfield.


An early Taneytown 2-0 lead quickly turned into a Railroader 16-2, ten-run ruled bashing in game 1 of Distict 2 round robin play. Ryan Derr threw 3-hit baseball and the Brunswick bats struck for 12 hits. Derr went 4 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 7 and walking 6. Taneytown scored 2 runs in the top of the first before BRLL responded with a single tally in the bottom of the first, 3 more in the second and 12 runs in the third. Ethan Tome finished with a single and a 2-run double. Jeremy Roderick and Ryan Derr collected a pair of singles.   


Host Thurmont defeated Brunswick 12-4 in game 2 of the 9 & 10 District II tournament. The Railroaders collected but 4 hits in the contest. Jeremy Roderick's run scoring single and singles by Ethan Tome, Danny Barnette and Ryan Derr. Chris Majercin, Ryan Derr and Seth Keyser were the Brunswick pitchers.


Home-standing Brunswick just couldn't get anything going against Frederick American as the Americans rode off with an 8-0 win. Brunswick could never solve the American hurlers, while American cashed in 4 second inning tallies and made them stand up. The Railroaders collected 5 singles in the game. Seth Keyser, Jeremy Roderick, Justin Stone, Ryan Derr and Ethan Tome each had one hit. Ethan Wigfield worked the first 3 innings for Brunswick and was charged with 4 runs off 6 base hits, struck out 1 and walked 3. Tome hurled the final 3 innings, and gave up 4 runs off 7 base hits, fanned a batter and walked 1.


A 5-run first inning highlighted by Chris Majercin's bases loaded double plus the pitching of Ethan Tome and Ethan Wigfield led the Brunswick 9 & 10 all star team to a 12-4 win over East Frederick. Majercin not only doubled with the bases loaded in the first inning, but came right back to duplicated the feat in the second, as his pair of extra base hits drove in most of the Railroader runs. The other local hits were singles by Seth Keyser and Jeremy Roderick. The Railroaders were handed 8 base on balls. Tome pitched the first 4 innings, allowing 3 runs off 4 hits, strking out 3 and walking 3. Wigfield hurled the final 2 frames, giving up a run and 2 hits while fanning and walking 2.


2001, Brunswick 11-12's eliminated in controversial pool play tiebreaker ruling

The 2001 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Gary Wigfield and coached by Mike Tome and Dave Dinges. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Brian Kidd, Aaron Main, Kendall Naylor and Chris Wilkens.  PHILLIES - Evan Chaney, Oliver Short and Dane Rude. PIRATES -  Chris Burris, Seth Haines (11) and Christopher Porter. REDS - Josh Allen and Russell Rife.


Thurmont defeated Brunswick 8-3 in game one of pool play. Six fielding errors led to 4 unearned runs in helping Thurmont jump out to 8-0 lead. The Railroaders were held to six hits in the game. Oliver Short led the Roaders with two hits while Chris Burris, Kendall Naylor, Chris Porter and Chris Wilkens each had one. Josh Allen hurled the first 2 1/3 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits, fanning 3 and walking 2. Russell Rife relieved Allen and pitched the final 3 1/3 innings. Rife allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, striking out 2 and walking 3. Naylor came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and got a strikeout to get out of the inning. 


Visiting Brunswick recovered from their first game defeat to best Frederick American 3-1 in game 2 of the District II round-robin bracket play. Chris Porter used his curve ball to keep American off balance holding them to a single run on a solo home run in the second inning. He allowed a total of 3 base hits in six innings of work, striking out 4 and walking but 1. Down 1-0 in the fourth, the Railroaders used an infield single and a hit batter to put 2 men on before Russell Rife singled to tie the score at one apiece. Brian Kidd then singled to knock in 2 more runners to put the Railroaders ahead for good 3-1. 


Playing their third game in 3 days, Brunswick blanked Four County by a 16-0 score. Evan Chaney and Seth Haines combined to pitch a one-hitter. Brunswick scored 10 runs in the first 2 innings, scoring outbursts keyed by a Russell Rife 2 run homer and 2 run double, and RBI base hits by Brian Kidd, Kendall Naylor and Aaron MainChris BurrisRife and Main had two hits each. Chaney hurled the first 3 innings and threw both scoreless and hitless ball. He faced but 10 batters over the first 3 frames, striking out 7 and walking 1. Haines worked the final inning, the game halted after four due to the 10-run rule. Haines alloed a hit and a walk while striking out 3.


Russell Rife and Chris Burris hit home runs, but Rife saved the best for last, punching out a 3-run double to break a 7-7 deadlock and make the Railroader All-Stars 9-7 winners over Frederick National in the final game of District pool play. BRLL finished with a 3-1 record in pool play. Frederick had a 1-0 lead when the Railroaders came to bat in the fourth inning. With Brian Kidd and Chris Wilkins on base, Burris crushed a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield fence to put BRLL up 3-1. Brunswick added two more runs in the inning for a 5-1 advantage. Rife hit a solo home run in the fifth to make 6-1 entering ther Nationals half of the fifth. Eleven Frederick hitters came to bat scoring 6 runs on 7 hits, putting the Nationals up 7-6 after five innings. In the top of the sixth the Railroaders loaded the bases before Rife stroked a 1-1 pitch down the left field line for a bases clearing double. Seth Haines replaced starting pitcher Christopher Porter to get the save. Porter hurled the first 5 innings and was reached for 7 runs and 11 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 3. Haines allowed no runs on 1 hit while striking out 2. Rife finished with 3 hits in 4 at bats with 3 RBI's. Burris had 2 hits and 3 RBI's.   

Last week organizers discovered something drastically wrong in Little League baseball's all-star  round-robin pool play, a rule added this year that was not brought to anyone's attention until after the Railroaders were told they would advance to the tourney's semi-final round. Then the rule was located and executed, and because of it Brunswick was out of the District II playoffs. Brunswick, Thurmont and Frederick American all finished with 3-1 records. Normally the top two teams advance but since their was a 3 way tie, the first tiebreaker is head to head but all 3 teams took turns beating each other. Thurmont beat Brunswick 8-3. Brunswick beat American 3-1. Frederick then thrashed Thurmont 13-3. The next tiebreaker is how many runs alowed defensively which would seem to knock out Thurmont. Originally Brunswick was awarded the second slot. But 24 hours later, it was determined that the new tiebreaking rule would eliminate Brunswick instead. The new rule as written states "If there is a three-way tie, and no clear winner can be determined on head to head competition, then the total number of runs given up in all pool play games, divided by the number of innings played on defense, is computed for each of the 3 teams involved in the tie. TYhe one team with the lowest run differential advances. The second team to advance would be based on the head to head result between the two remaining teams". So after rule two determined that Frederick would advance, instead of going further under rule two they went back to rule one and looked at the Brunswick-Thurmont game again. Thurmont won by 5 runs and they recieved the second slot even though they allowed the most runs during pool play. 

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Easton (District 6)
At A. James Clark Sports Complex


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsSouth Mountain (Boonesboro)
District 2 ChampionsFrederick National
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsNorth East
District 6 ChampionsEaston
District 7 ChampionsHughesville
District 8 ChampionsFruitland


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Fruitland 6, Hughesville 2
Arbutus 13, Frederick National 7
North East 3, South Mountain 2

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Easton 14, Fruitland 1 (5 innings)
North East 2, Arbutus 1

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Hughesville 3, Frederick National 1 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Hughesville 14, Fruitland 6 (elim.)
Arbutus 2, South Mountain 1 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Easton 4, North East 1

Winner's Bracket Final:
Hughesville 9, Arbutus 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Hughesville 5, North East 4 (7 innings; elim.)

Championship Series:
Hughesville 7, Easton 2
Easton 14, Hughesville 5 (TITLE)

2002, PIRATES ousted in game 2 of TOC

The Pirates swept the Phillies in the best 2 of 3 playoff series to win the 2002 BRLL championship and the right to represent Brunswick in the 2002 Tournament of Champions. In game 1, the Pirates defeated Four County 8-2. In game 2 , the Railroaders were eliminated by Frederick National 9-0. Brunswick was hosting the 2002 tournament. 

2002, BRLL 9-10 All-Stars go 0-4 in pool play

The 2002 9 & 10 BRLL All-Star team finished with an 0-4 record in pool play. The team was managed by Troy Itnyre


5 fielding errors helped do in the Railroaders in their District 2 debut. They lost to visiting Frederick National 13-1. The Railroaders could muster but one run on 2 base hits. The hits were a Jeremy Roderick double and a single by Troy Itnyre. Brunswick used 3 pitchers in the setback. Roderick hurled the first two innings and was reached for 8,runs off just 2 base hits. Those runs were the result of several Brunswick errors. Roderick struck out 4 and walked 4. Mike Veverka took over in the third and was touched for 5 runs off 3 hits while he fanned 2 and walked 2. 9 year-old Spencer Cooper hurled the final inning of hitless ball while sending 2 back to the dugout on strikes.  


Managing but one base hit and leaving 8 runners stranded in a game where solid fielding on defense eluded Brunswick, the all-stars lost 8-1 to Taneytown in a game hosted by the Railroaders. Despite the lone base hit, Brunswick had plenty of base runners on the sacks with the Taneytown hurlers issuing 9 walks, but the locals couldn't get the hits to take advantage of the opportunities. The lone Brunswick hit was a Jeremy Roderick double in the fifth. Troy Itnyre pitched a complete game of 5 innings, giving up 8 runs, most of them unearned. The righthander allowed 5 base hits, sat down 5 on strikes and walked 4.   


Four County bested Brunswick in game 3 of District 2 round robin play by a score of 16-13. Jeremy Roderick paced the locals attack with a 3 for 5 game. He had a double and 2 singles. Clayton Daugherty hit a 2-run triple in the third as Brunswick put up 3 runs to take a short lived lead of 9-8. Other Railroader hits were a Mike Veverka run-producing double and singles by Troy Itnyre and Nathan FoltzVeverka, Daugherty and Roderick did the Railroader pitching. Daugherty had the most success in his 4 innings, giving up 4 runs off 2 hits with 4 K's and 5 walks.   


Three times Brunswick lost leads, then watched as the visitors broke a 5-5 tie in it's last at bat to beat the Railrroaders 6-5 in their last game of District 2 play. Brunswick's Jeremy Roderick hurled the first 4 innings, giving up 4 runs off 5 base hits, he struck out 7 and walked 3. Tyler Itnyre worked the fifth and allowed a run and hit while fanning all 3 outs and walking 1. Spencer Cooper, 9,  hurled the sixth but 2 misplayed infield popups ended the contest in quick fashion. Brunswick managed 5 base hits. Nathan Foltz claimed 2 singles and Kyle Romanek a run-scoring double in the second. Angelo Morehead and Itnyre also singled.


2002 9-10 all stars
2002 9 & 10 All-Stars

Front row from left: Spencer Cooper, Jon Lapole, Angelo Morehead, Mike Veverka, Joshua Merriman

Middle row from left: Joey Martin, Jeremy Roderick, Chase Woods, Nathan Foltz, Tyler Itnyre, Kyle Romanek, Clayton Daugherty

Back row from left: Coach Dave Wigfield, Manager Troy Itnyre, Coach Jeff Merriman

2002, BRLL 11-12 All-Stars has dissapointing 1-3 record in pool play

The 2002 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Jeff Axline and coached by Brad Foltz, John Cooper and Mark Tarleton. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Scott Stalnaker.  PHILLIES - Kyle Foltz, David Leveille (11), Chris Majercin (11), Josh Rommel and Tyler Teagarden. PIRATES -  Matt Baum, Seth Haines, Luke Kaler, and Ethan Tome (11).  REDS - Ryan Derr (11), Seth Keyser (11) and Ethan Wigfield (11).


Frederick American defeated Brunswick 6-1 in game one of pool play. Seth Haines pitched a complete game for the Railroaders. All six runs by American were unearned as 4 fielding errors led to the Railroaders downfall. Haines allowed 5 hits, struck out 9 and walked 4. The Railroaders managed only 3 singles in the game, one each by Haines, Ryan Derr and Matt Baum.


Attempts to battle back from a 5 run deficit came up 2 runs short as the Railroaders fell to East Frederick by a 7-5 score. East Frederick scored 2 in the first inning and 3 in the second inning to go up early 5-0. The Railroaders came back to score a run off a Luke Kaler single and scored a second run on a Seth Haines solo blast. In the fifth Seth Keyser hit a 2 run home-run and was followed by a Matt Baum solo blast. Baum was Brunswick's pitcher, going the complete six innings and giving up 7 runs and 8 base knocks while striking out 7 and walking 2.  


In game 3, Westminster knocked off the Railroaders 7-3. After a Seth Keyser single, Matt Baum went deep for a 2 run homerun to give the Roaders an early 2-1 lead.  Westminster put up 4 runs in the second and the locals never recovered. Seth Haines had 2 singles and an RBI and Kyle Foltz went 2 for 3 including a double. Haines, Foltz and Chris Majercin did the pitching. In 4 innings Haines gave up 7 runs and 6 hits, striking out 5 and walking 4. Foltz pitched a scoreless inning and Majercin pitched the last inning giving up one hit.


After 3 post season games escaped the reaches of the BRLL 11-12 all-stars, they finally got in the win column with a 14-4 victory over Four County. It was the final game in pool play in the District II tourney, giving them a dissapointing 1-3 playoff record. Leading 3-1, the Railroaders erupted for 5 runs in the third and followed that with another big inning, scoring 6 runs in the fifth. Brll collected 13 hits in the contest, with both Seth Haines and Seth Keyser stroking 2 run home-runs. The 11 year old Keyser also had 2 singles and finished with 3 RBI's. Haines added a single and had 4 RBI's. Ryan Derr and Matt Baum also had 2 hits. Baum pitched the first 4 innings, giving up a run on 3 hits while striking out 7 and walking only 2. Scott Stalnaker hurled the final inning allowing 3 runs on 2 hits while striking out 2.

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Hughesville (District 7)
At Oak Ridge Park

NOTE: The championship game of the Maryland State Tournament started at Oak Ridge Park but was resumed at Laurel Springs Regional Park in La Plata following a mid-game delay caused by heavy rain.


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsHagerstown West End
District 2 ChampionsFrederick American
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsElkton Community
District 6 ChampionsSouth Caroline (Preston)
District 7 ChampionsSt. Mary's American (California/Hollywood)
District 8 ChampionsBerlin


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Caroline 6, Frederick American 3
Berlin 12, Elkton Community 1
Arbutus d. West End

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
St. Mary’s American 13, Arbutus 8
South Caroline 16, Berlin 9

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Frederick American 11, Elkton Community 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Berlin 5, Hagerstown West End 3 (elim.)
Frederick American d. Arbutus (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
South Caroline 9, St. Mary’s American 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Frederick American d. Berlin (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
St. Mary’s American 7, Frederick American 6 (elim.)

Championship Game:
South Caroline 3, St. Mary’s American 2 (TITLE)



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On May 17, 2003, a day-long celebration was held by the Brunswick Railroader Little League to mark the organization's 50th year of servicing this area's youth. During the day, the 1986 Brunswick Little League World Series All-Star team was recognized, a tree was planted in honor of the late Dave Mohler (coach & volunteer) and the Minor League ballpark was renamed as "Elizabeth and Emory Frye Park".  A parade through town was held led by Mrs. Elizabeth Frye (who has missed but one opening day in 50 Years), followed by the 50th anniversary ceremony and then a picnic with food and games that all enjoyed.

2003, Reds go down early in Tournament of Champions

The regular season champion Reds (19-1) were held to one base hit as the Thurmont Orioles, behind a complete game 16 strikeout performance by hard throwing Danny Miller, defeated the Reds 6-2. The only hit for the Reds was an inside the park home run by Seth KeyserRyan Derr went 5 1/3 innings on the mound allowing 5 runs on 6 hits, striking out 6 and walking 3. He was relieved by Keyser who got the final two outs. The Reds were managed by Dave Wigfield.   

2003, BRLL 9 & 10 All-Stars lose in championship game

The 2003 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by John Cooper and coached by Jason Cooper and Brad Foltz. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  Spencer Cooper, ST Cooper, Todd Cutsail, Johnny Lapole, Joey Martin, Josh Merriman, Angelo Morehead, Eric Orndahl, Logan Sample, CJ Shankle, Chase Stephens and Kevin Whitworth. 


The Brunswick Railroader Little League 9 & 10 all-stars played well in all aspects of the game, besting Westminster 12-1 in a game played in Brunswick. The 10-run rule stopped the game after five innings. This was the first of four games in the round robin portion of the District 2 tournament. Spencer Cooper led the local efforts in both pitching and hitting. He pitched all 5 innings and gave up 1 run and 1 hit. He struck out 8 and issued no walks. At the plate Cooper sent out 3 base knocks while Brunswick jumped ahead early with a 3-run first, then added 6 in the second and 3 runs in the fifth. A 2-run double by Todd Cutsail and a single by Chase Stephens were the big hits in the first. In the second a bases clearing double by Cooper did the most damage as the Roaders jumped ahead 9-0. Another double by Cooper in the fifth knocked in 2 more runs. 


Led by Josh Merriman's hitting and Todd Cutsail's pitching, the BRLL 9 & 10 all-stars rolled up a second consecutive win in District 2 pool play with a 13-3 triumph over East Frederick. Brunswick scored 5 runs in the first after two were out. The big hits were doubles by CJ Shankle and MerrimanSpencer Cooper knocked in Merriman with a single in the third. Brunswick got 5 more runs in the fifth behind hits by Merriman, Cooper and Eric OrndahlMerriman had a huge game, getting 4 hits including 2 doubles and 2 singles. Shankle had a double and single and Cooper had 2 singles. Cutsail hurled the complete game, allowing 3 runs and 5 hits, striking out 8 and walking 3. 


The Railroaders won for a third straight time, defeating East Frederick #2 by a 12 -1 score. BRLL used an eight run fifth to end the game early by the 10-run rule. Eric Orndahl hurled a five inning 2 hitter with 10 strikeouts with 3 walks. Spencer Cooper, Josh Merriman and Logan Sample had two hits each while ST Cooper, Joey Martin, Angelo Morehead and Orndahl had one hit each.


Brunswick's first loss in the tournament came as Thurmont won 12-1, as the Railroaders ended with a 3-1 record in pool play. Even after the loss Brunswick will advance to the championship round of the District Tournament. Brunswick scored the first run for the early 1-0 lead but the next 12 runs were scored by Thurmont. Brunswick had two hits, both singles off the bats of CJ Shankle and Josh MerrimanAngelo Morehead, Spencer Cooper and Todd Cutsail did the pitching , combining to be reached for 12 runs off 7 base hits while fanning 5 and walking 4. 


Brunswick romped to a 15-0 victory over Frederick American in the semi final round of District championship play. While the Railroaders Spencer Cooper pitched scoreless ball in the abbreviated 4 inning game, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, he and his teammates received 12 free passes that turned into 6 of their 15 runs. Joey Martin and CJ Shankle had 2 hits apiece while Cooper and Josh Merriman had one each.


Thurmont defeated Brunswick 15-2 in the District II championship game. After going up early 2-0, Thurmont had a 15 run third inning in a game ended after 4 innings by the 10-run rule. For Brunswick Josh Merriman and Spencer Cooper had two hits each.

2003, BRLL 11 & 12 All-Stars finish with 3 - 2 record

The 2003 11 & 12 BRLL All-Star team was managed by Gary Wigfield and coached by Mike Tome and David Wigfield. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Danny Barnette.  ORIOLES - Joey Fisher, Dillon Johnikin (11) and Cassidy O'Brien. PHILLIES - David Leveille, Chris Majercin and Jeremy Roderick (11).  PIRATES - Luke Kaler, and Ethan Tome. REDS - Etan Wigfield, Seth Keyser and Ryan Derr.


Thurmont's Danny Miller shut down the Railroaders in game one of District II pool play in a four inning game, 12-0. Brunswick managed only three hits in the contest and went down on strikes nine times. Chris Majercin reached Miller for Brunswick's first hit, a second inning single with one out. Danny Barnette had a bunt single in the third and Cassidy O'Bryan singles to left in the fourth. Seth Keyser went the first two innings on the mound for Brunswick, allowing 7 runs off 6 base hits. Keyser struck out one and walked 3. Ethan Tome hurled the final two frames, giving up 5 runs on 6 base hits, striking out 4 and giving up no free passes.


Brunswick got well in a hurry behind the pitching and hitting of Chris Majercin who fired a two hitter and went 4 for 4 at the plate in a 12-1 blistering of Westminster American. Westminster got on the board first to take a 1-0 lead but Majercin shut them down the rest of the way striking out 5 and walking 1 in the 4 inning game halted by the 10-run mercy rule. Brunswick had nine hits in the contest and were aided by 9 base on balls by the Westminster hurlers. Majercin 4 for 4 game produced 5 RBI's. Seth Keyser had a single and duoble with 3 RBI's. Other hits were by Cassidy O'Bryan, Danny Barnette and Ryan Derr.


Behind 6-2 with an inning and a half left, Brunswick came back in a major way. Fueled by 6 hits and a pair of walks, the Railroaders scored 6 times in the bottom of the fifth to shock their Taneytown hosts 8-6.The game was tied at 2 until Taneytwon took advantage of 3 errors to score 4 runs and take a 6-2 lead. Then in the bottom of the fifth, the Railroaders used 5 hits and 2 walks to take the lead. Ryan Derr was 4 for 4 and Cassidy O'Bryan went 3 for 3 at the plate. Chris Majercin had 2 hits. 


 It was a game most fans would, with plenty of hits and 7 home runs. On the other hand the game had way too much combativeness and bitterness. When the considerable clamor was over, it came down to which team had the lead after 5 innings, and that was Brunswick, the home team as decided by the pre-game coin flip. Fueled by Justin Stone's pinch-hit grand slam homer, the Railroaders handed Frederick American a hard to swallow 10-7 defeat that ousted the 4 time defending champions from the District tourney. The game, held in Brunswick, started 30 minutes late due to rain. The game ended amid much crying over umpires' decision to stop for safety, due to approaching darkness. Frederick scored 4 runs in the top of the sixth to take a 11-10 lead but with one out in the bottom of the sixth and Brunswick at bat the game was stopped and the score reverted to the last completed inning, giving the Railroaders the 10-7 win. Brunswick scored 2 runs in the second inning on solo home runs by Cassidy O'Bryan and Dillon Johnikan. American tied it with 2 runs in their half of the third before Seth Keyser's solo blast in the bottom of the third game BRLL a 3-2 lead. After American took a 4-3 lead in their half of the 4th, Stone 's grandslam gave Brunswick a 7-4 lead. In the fifth American scored 3 times to tie the game once again at 7-7. In the bottom of the fifth, Brunswick used singles by O'Bryan and Danny Barnette, 2 walks, a Stone single and 2 Frederick fielding errors to score 3 runs and take a 10-7 lead after 5. O'Bryan and Keyser both had a homer and 2 singles. Johnikan and Stone both had a homer and 1 single. Barnette had the other hit for Brunswick. David Levelle pitched the first 4 innings, giving up 4 runs and 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4. Chris Majercin worked the fifth inning and was touched for 3 runs off 2 hits, fanning 2 and walking 1.


The Railroaders were defeated 7-4 by Frederick National when the Nationals scored 3 final inning runs to brake a 4-4 tie. Brunswick scored their runs on a pair of 2-run home runs by Chris Majercin and Seth KeyserMajercin hurled into the 4th inning, then was relieved by Ethan Tome. who was replaced by Ryan DerrMajercin gave up 3 runs off 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking 5. Tome hurled a frame and was tagged for a run on 3 hits with a strikeout. Derr finished up with an inning off the mound, allowing 3 runs off 4 hits while striking out 2 and walking 2. Gary Wigffield was the manager.

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - East Wicomico (Salisbury) (District 8)
At Winterplace Park


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsSouth Mountain (Boonsboro)
District 2 ChampionsThurmont
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsElkton Community
District 6 ChampionsSouth Caroline (Preston)
District 7 ChampionsNorthern Calvert (Dunkirk)
District 8 ChampionsWest Salisbury


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Mountain 1, Arbutus 0
Thurmont 3, Elkton Community 2
South Caroline 4, Northern Calvert 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
West Salisbury 5, South Caroline 0
South Mountain 5, Thurmont 4

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Elkton Community 11, Arbutus 10 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Northern Calvert 6, Thurmont 2 (elim.)
Elkton Community 3, South Caroline 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
West Salisbury 3, South Mountain 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Northern Calvert 10, Elkton Community 2 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Northern Calvert 5, South Mountain 4 (7 innings; elim.)

Championship Game:
West Salisbury 3, Northern Calvert 2 (7 innings; TITLE)



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2004, ORIOLES win Tournament of Champions 

This very young team, with 7 of its 12 players age 10 or younger, has won the Railroader season title, then gone out of town to beat the champs from the other District II Leagues. The Orioles won 3 straight to win the TOC. Brunswick knocked off Frederick American 3-2 in game 1, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. In the second round, the Orioles knocked off Thurmont 7-4. Brunswick scored 5 runs in the fifth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit. In the championship game the Orioles knocked off the Frederick National Civitans 12-2 to win the title. 

2004, 9 & 10 All-Stars, go 3-0 in pool play, lose in semi-final round 

The 2004 9 & 10 Garnet BRLL All-Star team was managed by Jason Cooper and coached by Steve Dinges and Jay Nusbaum. The Brunswick All-Star players are: CUBS - Daniel Griffen and Collin Nusbaum.  ORIOLES - S.T. Cooper, Todd Cutsail, Zach Dinges, Joseph Fawley, Blaine Price,  and Zach Struss. PHILLIES - Dylan Brown.  PIRATES - Josh Allison and Chase Stephens. REDS - Justin Hitchcock


Brunswick Garnet came back from a six run deficit to beat the Frederick National All-Stars in 7 innings 9-8. Brunswick scored six runs in the sixth to tie the game and got a bases loaded walk to puch across the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Todd Cutsail was the winning pitcher, relieving Chase Stephens in the second frame. Cutsail pitched the rest of the way, going 6 innings and striking out 11. Dylan Brown had 3 hits including 2 doubles.


Brunswick Garnett defeated Westminster 10-5 in a game played in Westminster. Zach Dinges had 3 hits with 3 RBI's while Blaine Price and Danny Griffin had two hits each. S.T Cooper went the 6-inning Little League distance off the mound, limiting the Carroll County team to 6 hits while striking out 7 and walking 4.


Brunswick erupted for 6 runs in the top of the first inning, giving pitcher Todd Cutsail all the run support he would need in a 15-3 victory over Frederck American in a game held in Brunswick. Cutsail pitched the complete game, allowing 5 hits while recording 8 strikeouts. The first 6 hitters all had base hits to start the game for the Railroaders as they coasted form there. Josh Allison had a homerun and a double with 3 RBI's. Cutsail, S.T. Cooper, Zach Dinges and Dylan Brown also had 2 hits each. Danny Griffin had a bases loaded double for 3 RBI''s.  


A sixth inning rally by Thurmont yanked victory from the Railroader all-stars in a back and forth battle, 6-3. Chase Stephens twirled 5 hit ball, striking out 14. Down 2-0 early in the contest, Brunswick had battled back to take a 3-2 lead entering the sixth inning before Thurmont's 4 run ralyy got the best of them.Zach Dinges had 2 doubles to lead the Railroaders at the plate. 

2004, 10 & 11 All-Stars

The 2004 10 & 11 BRLL All-Star team was managed by Jeff Merriman and coached by Kevin Smith and Eddie Lapole. The Brunswick All-Star players are: CUBS - Joey Martin, Josh Merriman and Eric Omdahl.  ORIOLES Grant Smith. PHILLIES - Spencer Cooper, Logan Sample and Clint Shankle Jr.  PIRATES - A.J. Fogle and John Lapole. REDS - Angelo Morehead, Brandon Smith, and Kevin Whitworth.

No game information was available at this time.   

2004, 11 & 12 All-Stars go 2-1 in pool play, lose in semi final round

The 2004 11 & 12 BRLL All-Star team was managed by John Cooper and coached by Brad Foltz and Mark Tarleton. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS - Chase Woods and Michael Hooper.  ORIOLES - Dillon Johnikin, Ellie McCarthy and Colby Weierbach. PHILLIES - Jeremy Roderick, Nathan Foltz and Darren Leu.  PIRATES - Andy Axline, Brendan Harris and Clayton Daugherty. REDS - Paul Walters and Kyle Romanek.


Brunswick sprinted to a 16-5 tourney opening victory over Westminster. Andy Axline hit two 3-run homers. Jeremy Roderick also homered. The Railroaders scored 3 in the first and 5 more in the second to take an early 8-1 lead that was never threatened. Dillon Johnikin started on the mound and was relieved by Mike Hooper in the fifth. Johnikin gave up 4 runs and 7 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 4.  In Hooper's one inning of the 10-run rule shortened game, he allowed a single run and a hit while he fanned 2 and walked 2. Axline added a triple to his 2 homers, driving in 8 runs and scoring 3. Roderick had the homer and a single and Chase Woods had 2 singles. 


The local all-stars ran into a little bad luck at Frederick American's home ffield, as rain kept Brunswick from a final at bat and a chance to make up a 1-run deficit, so the Americans' lead held up. Brunswick was up 3-1 until the Americans erupted for 3 runs in the fifth. Brunswick was down 1-0 before scoring 3 runs in the fourth on a single by  Dillon Johnikin, a run scoring single by Andy Axline, a walk to Jeremy Roderick and a 2-run double by Chase Woods. They were the only hits in the game by Brunswick. Woods pitched a complete game on the mound allowing 4 runs, 7 hits, 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.


Jeremy Roderick hurled a complete game for the win as Brunswick defeated Four County 10-4. With the win, the Railroaders finished the first part of round-robin play with a 2-1 record to advance to the single elimination semi-final level of their division. Andy Axline had his second 3-hit all star game. He went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's. Colby Weierbach and Michael Hooper both had 2 singles. Dillon Johnikin had a solo home run. Roderick was reached for 4 runs and 6 hits, striking out 5 and walking none.


The Railroader Little League all-star team ran out of steam in a quest for the District II championship, losing to visiting East Frederick 12-5. Michael Hooper paced the local hitting with 3 hits, including 2 homers ( a 2-run shot and a solo blast), driving in 3 of the 5 runs. Catcher Ellie McCarthy had a triple and a single.

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Conococheage (Williamsport) (District 1)
At Ebersole Field; Byron Park


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsMaugansville
District 2 ChampionsEast Frederick
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsRising Sun
District 6 ChampionsSouth Caroline (Preston)
District 7 ChampionsHughesville
District 8 ChampionsWest Salisbury


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Caroline 3, East Frederick 2
Rising Sun 8, West Salisbury 6
Hughesville 13, Arbutus 0 (4 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
South Caroline 4, Maugansville 1
Hughesville 7, Rising Sun 5

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
West Salisbury 4, Arbutus 3 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Maugansville 5, West Salisbury 1 (elim.)
East Frederick 13, Rising Sun 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
South Caroline 8, Hughesville 5

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
East Frederick 11, Maugansville 1 (5 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
East Frederick 16, Hughesville 12 (elim.)

Championship Game:
South Caroline 12, East Frederick 0 (4 innings; TITLE)



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2005, PHILLIES eliminated early in Tournament of Champions 

This years Railroader League champion Brunswick Phillies had to play their first game in the District 2 Little League TOC series with limited use of their pitchers (no 12 year olds were eligible to pitch) and playing baseball under any sort of pitcher restrictions is almost like playing on one leg. The Phillies got strong pitching from two young hurlers but lost to the Frederick National Little League champ 7-2 in a game at host Westminster. The loss eliminates BRLL form the single elimination tournament. The Nats scored 3 runs in the first and 2 more in the thirdand fifth.. All of Frederick's runs scored with two outs. The Phillies scored their 2 runs in the third.   

2005, 9 & 10 All-Stars, win first District crown but lose in Sectional

2005 9-10 district champs

The 2005 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by Mark Tarleton and coached by Jay Nusbaum and Ronnie Wenner. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Shawn Largent, Collin Nusbaum, and Sammy Smith. ORIOLES -  Brice Beachley, Joe Fawley and Blaine Price.  PHILLIES - Jordan Ault and R.J. Hernandez. PIRATES -  Tyler Dabbs, Cole Fleming, Bryan Walker and Cody Wenner.  REDS - Chance Smith.



A 2-run third broke a 4-4 tie as Brunswick came from behind to defeat host Westminster 8-6. Jordan Ault led off the third with a single and after two were out Cody Wenner singles and Blaine Price smacked a double which drove in Ault and Wenner. In the sixth the Railroaders got 2 more runs when Joe Fawley walked then later scored on a wild pitch as did Brice Beachley who was pinch running for Collin Nusbaum who had reached base on a hit. Price batted 2 for 3 and reached the bases at a 3 for 4 clip. Nusbaum had two singles. Thurmont scored 4 runs off of 6 walks and an error as RJ Hernandez started on the hill but had difficulty locating the strike zone. He went 1/3 of an inning and struck out 1. Nusbaum, 10, came to the mound with one out and proceded to pitch a fine game, keeping Westminster off the board again until the fourth. The righthander threw 5 2/3 innings, allowed 3 runs off 7hits, struck out 7 and walked 2. 


Brice Beachley quickly became a big story in the 10-3 win Brunswick hung on East Frederick. Pitching for the first time in majors' play, he made it a grand outing, carrying a no-hitter into the final inning and finishing with a 3-hit victory. Beachley, a 10 year old righthander who played for the Orioles this season, hurled the complete 6 innings and gave up 3 runs off 3 hits, struck out 5 and walked 7. Brunswick notched single runs in the first 2 innings, then put together a 5-run fourth to lead 7-0 before tallying 3 runs in the fifth. East Frederick scored a run in the fifth and 2 in the sixth. In Brunswick's big fourth, Beachley started things off with a double and Chance Smith promptly doubled behind him to drive in a run. Blaine Price, Cole Fleming and Collin Nusbaum then hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles as Brunswick fans cheered wildly. Cody Wenner kept things going by drawing a walk, Bryan Walker then hit a 2-run double. Up 7-1, the Railroaders were back for 3 more tallies in the fifth, thanks to a 2-run triple by Fleming who later scored a third run to make it 10-1. Fleming had a single along with his triple, drove in 4 runs and scored 2. Price hit a pair of singles and was on base at a 4 for 4 clip, scoring 3 runs. Smith hit a double and single, drove in a run and scored a run. 


RJ Hernandez smacked a 2-run homer over the left field fence in the second inning to punch across the tying and go-ahead runs. Jordan Ault's pitching and the Brunswick defense pretty much took care of the rest of the contest as the Railroader all-stars dismissed Frederick National from the district tournament, 6-3. The Nationals led 1-0 when Hernandez clouted his game changing homer. Collin Nusbaum had walked, and Hernandez waited until he had a 1-2 count before slamming the pitch out of Younkins Park. Brunswick expanded that 2-1 lead in the next frame. Cole Fleming singled and scored on a 2-out single by Chance SmithHenandez walked and Bryan Walker went in to run for him. Ault helped his own cause on the mound by delivering a single to score both Smith and Walker... and it was 5-1 as the many fans cheered wildly. Frederick scored twice in the top of the fifth. Brunswick answered with a single tally when Ault singled into right field to chase home Nusbaum who'd beat out an infield single to reach base earlier. Ault went  all 6 innings and gave up 3 runs and 6 hits, struck out 3 and walked 4. Ault was the lone Railroader with a 2-hit game, garnering 2 singles and driving in 3 runs while reaching base at a 3 for 3 clip. Hernandez had his home run while Blaine Price, Cody Wenner, Fleming, Smith and Nusbaum added singles.


Ending a drought that dates back to 1995, the Railroaders Little League has won another District 2 title. BRLL defeated East Frederick 11-2 to win the District championship and advance to a Sectional playoff tournament in Hagerstown. Brunswick will play the hagerstown National all-stars in a best 2 of 3 series. The winning team advances to the State tournament. This marks the first time a Brunswick 9 and 10 team has won the District crown.Brunswick won behind a solid defense and the pitching of RJ Hernandez, who came in early to relieve starter Brice BeachleyHernadez came on in the second inning with the sacks full of East Frederick runners and two out. He promptly induced a popup and the Railroaders were out of the jam. Hernandez twirled no-hit ball over the final 4 1/3 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 7. Beachley went the first 1 2/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs and 4 hits, fanned a pair and walked 3. East Frederick scored single runs in the first and second innings and were quiet the rest of the game. The Railroaders answered with 2 runs in the first and came back to score 4 in the second. Brunswick had another 4 run inning in the fifth to put the game away. Blaine Price and Joe Fawley had great games as the first two batters in the Brunswick line-up. Price was 4 for 4 with a double and 3 singles, scoring 3 times. Fawley singled and was on base 3 times while scoring 3 runs. Hernandez, Chance Smith, Beachley, Cole Fleming and Tyler Dabbs all had singles.



Brunswick was held to just 4 hits and 4 runs in the Sectional opener as host Hagerstown won 6-4. Brunswick had an early 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game in the third then had a 4-run fourth, then added a run in the fifth. RJ Hernandez had 2 of the 4 local hits and drove in the first run. Cole Fleming had a first inning hit. Collin Nusbaum had a run scoring single in the fifth inning. Nusbaum pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, struck out 3 and walked 1 while giving up 5 runs. Tyler Dabbs chucked scoreless ball for part of an inning and Jordan Ault did the same for a frame. Brice Beachley worked the final stanza, allowing a run while fanning 2 and walking 1.  


Back from the brink of defeat came Brunswick's 9 & 10 all-star team, shocking Hagerstown National with a 7-run fifth inning to pull out a thrilling 7-6 win and even the Sectional I best of 3 Little League series at a game apiece. Hagerstown had a 6-0 lead through 4 innings holding Brunswick to 1 hit.. Then came the bottom of the fifth when the Railroaders sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 7 runs in a stunning turnaround. Shawn Largent walked to open things up. When Jordan Ault put the locals' second hit of the game into play, The Nats centerfielder was quick to the ball and threw out Largent for the force at second. With 2 out and Ault still stationed at first, Bryan Walker belted a double to the outfield that chased home Ault with the first run. Blaine Price followed by blasting the ball over the centerfielder's head, and Walker raced home as Price steamed into second. Joe Fawley singled home Price to cut the Nationals lead to 6-3. Cole Fleming kept things going with another hit. Collin Nusbaum hit a short popup that fell in on the right side of the infield and the hustling Nusbaum beat the throw to load the bases. A walk to Brent Beachley forced in Fawley for the fourth run. Chance Smith also walked to force in Fleming. Ault was hit by a pitch, and the game was tied at 6 all. Tyler Dabbs also drew a walk to force in Smith with the winning run. Cody Wenner came to the mound in the top of the sixth and faced 3 batters and struck out 1 to record the save. Dabbs, who had relieved Ault after the first 4 2/3 innings, got the win even though he only faced 1 batter, getting a huge strikeout. Ault was reached for 6 runs off 5 hits, fanned 6 and walked 2. Brunswick finished with 7 hits as Fawley led the way with 2 singles. Walker and Price each had a double. and Ault, Fleming and Nusbaum singled. 


The age 9 & 10 all-stars met ath the Nats place for a winner take all final game of the best of 3 series. Even though Hagerstown only managed 4 hits, they were aided by 12 walks as the Nationals eliminated Brunswick by a 12-2 score. Brunswick sprinted to an early 2-0 lead in the first but that was all the offense could muster. After a Blaine Price walk and a passed ball moved him to second, Joe Fawley singled to score Price for the first run. A Collin Nusbaum double plated Fawley but Hagerstown scored 2 runs to tie the score at 2-2 after an inning. Hagerstown would score 10 more times in the next 3 innings to end the game after 4 innings by the 10-run rule. Brunswick had 3 hits when after the first inning they could only muster one more Fawley single.

2005, 10 & 11 All-Stars, win first District crown

2005 10-11 district champs



The 2005 BRLL 10 & 11 All-Star team was managed by John Cooper and coached by Jeff Axline and Brad Foltz. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  Josh Allison, S.T. Cooper, Zach Dinges, Zane Gray, Danny Griffin, Justin Hitchcock, Jordan Monroe, Travis Smith, Travis Stroud, Zach Struss, Tyler Wigfield and Mason Zimmerman. 



Brunswick had an early 8-3 lead after 2 innings but couldn't find the plate again as Thurmont came back to beat the locals 12-8 in the first game of the 10-11 District II tournament. Thurmont opened with a 3 run first and Brunswick came back with a single tally. BRLL then exploded for a 7 run second, taking advantage of 3 hits, 3 walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice fly out and a fielding error. Tyler Wigffield, ST Cooper and Justin Hitchcock got those hits while Zane Gray, Travis Stroud and Zach Dinges walked. Brunswick had 5 hits in the game, the other two by Danny Griffin and Zach StrussStruss hurled the first 5 innings and was reached for 10 runs off of 8 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 5. Hitchcock hurled the final round, gave up 2 runs and 3 hits, fanned 1 and walked 1.


ST Cooper pitched 3-hit baseball, the railroaders banged out 9 hits in 4 innings, and the local all-stars used superb defense to defeat host Westminster 13-3. Brunswick had all the runs Cooper would need after the top of the second inning, scoring 2 in both the first and second, but put up a 9-run third for good measure. The Carroll County team scored all of their runs in the third inning. Cooper hurled 4 innings and gave up 3 runs and 3 hits, sat down 5 on strikes and walked 4. Zach Dinges and Cooper both hit a double and single. Justin Hitchcock and Josh Allison had doubles. Mason Zimmerman, Travis Stroud and Danny Griffin had singles.


Back from the dead came the Brunswick 10-11 all-star team, all the way back from a 7-0 deficit to beat Frederick American 11-9 in a game played in Brunswick. It was a game that took 8 innings to play and ended on Josh Allison's 2-run, walk-off homer, his second round-tripper of the game. Three home runs were hit by Brunswick players. Zach Struss uncorked a grand slam four-bagger when the Railroaders scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth to narrow the American's lead to 8-6. Brunswick got back in the game in the last of the first after Americans scored 7 runs in their first at bat, shocking the Brunswick faithful on hand for the District 2 contest. After a ST Cooper single, crushed his first homer by hitting a low drive that cleared the centerfield barrier at Younkins Park with plenty to spare. In the fifth, Zach Dinges led off with a single then was eliminated on a fielder's choice. Justin Hitchcock and Travis Stroud walked and the bases were loaded. Struss then clouted a 2-0 pitch well over the left field fence to make the score 8-6. The Railroaders knotted the score in the last of the sixth when Cooper delivered a single and Dinges promptly doubled him home. Hitchcock then singled to score Dinges and the game was deadlocked 8-8. After a Frederick solo homer put them in the lead 9-8 in the top of the eighth, Allison hit his dramatic, winning walk-off home run. Brunswick used 3 pitchers, Hitchcock started but had trouble when the Americans used a 3-run home run to get a fast start on scoring. Travis Smith came on in the opening round and pitched for 4 innings, allowing 2 runs and 2 hits, striking out 6 and he walked 3. Struss who got the pitching win, hurled the final 4 innings and allowed a run and 4 hits, fanned 5 and issued but 1 walk. Cooper went 3 for 4 at the plate and was on base 4 times in 5 at bats.. Dinges was 3 for 5 with a double and 2 singles and 2 RBI's. Allison had his pair of homers and 4 RBI's. Struss had a grand slam homer and a single with 4 RBI's.


Brunswick beat Thurmont 13-7 to continue their run through the losers bracket, forcing a District II championship game against the North county town who had been the only undefeated team left. The winner take-take-all championship bout is to be held tomorrow in Brunswick. The Railroaders broke a scoreless tie with a 2-run third. Zach Dinges singled and Josh Allison walked and both later scored off a pair of bases-full walks to Danny Griffin and Travis Stroud. Thurmont came back to tie the score at 2 all in their half of the third. Brunswick took over the lead for keeps in the fourth when Dinges and Allison both singled. A RBI single by Zach Struss scored Dinges and a fielder's choice by Justin Hitchcock plated Allison to make the score 4-2. Jordan Monroe and Tyler Wigffield ignited the fifth round with perfect back to back drag bunt singles. After Monroe and Wigfield were forced across the plate by batters being hit by pitches, Struss came to the dish with the sacks full and blasted a triple to drive in 3 more runs. Struss then scored on a fielding error by Thurmont. Struss was back for more an inning later when he doubled in both Dinges and Allison as part of a 3-run sixth as the Railroaders stretched their lead to 10 runs before Thurmont scored 4 in the bottom of the final round. Struss was 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 triples and a single, knocking in 6 runs. Dinges also was 3 for 3 with a double and 2 singles. He scored 4 times and reached base all 5 times he came to the plate. Jason Stroud had a pair of singles. Hitchcock pitched into the fourth inning, and gave up 2 runs off of just 2 hits. He struck out 1 but walked 5 Thurmont batters. Griffin worked the last 2 innings of relief, allowing 5 runs off 6 hits with a strikeout. 


The Railroaders scored 11 runs in the seventh inning, pounding Thurmont into submission, 15-5, becoming the first 10-11 age all-star team to capture a District flag. BRLL led 4-3 and needed 3 outs in the bottom of the sixth to end the contest and take the flag, but it took a little while longer. Thurmont managed to score a run to tie the game and send it into exta innings. Then came the Brunswick breakout when they sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring 11 runs and leaving little doubt which team deserved the title. Brunswick opened it's half of the seventh inning with back to back singles by Josh Allison and Zach StrussJustin Hitchcock walked to load the bases and Danny Griffin puched out a hit to score Allison. A pinch hit by Tyler Wigfield knocked in the winning run. Other key hits for the Railroaders in the seventh were a 2-run double by ST Cooper, a 2-run single by Zach Dinges and a second RBI hit from GriffinCooper pitched the first 6 innings. He allowed 4 runs and 7 hits, struck out 2 and walked 2. Struss hurled the seventh, allowing a run, a hit and a walk. Griffin batted 3 for 5 with a double, 2 singles and a RBI. Cooper was 2 for 4 with a double and single. Allison had 2 singles. Other hits were by Mason Zimmerman, Struss and Dinges.



Brunswick lost the opener of the State Little League tournament to Elkton 7-2. It was a 1-1 game until Elkton scored 3 runs in the fourth and 2 in the fifth while limiting Brunswick to single runs in the third and fifth. The first local run was scored by Mason Zimmerman who ran for Zane Gray who had walked, then was sent home on a Josh Allison single. The fifith inning run scored when ST Cooper singled and was knocked in on a Allison double. Zach Dinges batted 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and a single. Allison was 2 for 3 with a single and a double and he drove in both runs. Justin Hitchcock, Zach Struss and Cooper added singles. Struss pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs and 1 hit, fanning 3 and he walked 4. Cooper twirled 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs off 4 hits, fanning 3 and walking 1.  


It was a short stay in the State Little League tournament for the Brunswick 10-11 all-star team. The newly crowned District 2 champs played 2 games against teams many present felt were not as good as what the Railroaders had bested to win the District title. Sunday's 12-1 loss to Waldorf ended the all-star show for the local Little League this year as the Railroaders couldn't get untracked and play at the same level as in the Districts. Much of Brunswick's undoing came from the teams walks and fielding errors in the 2 games. The very first inning against Waldorf told the story. Seven walks and a hit later, Waldord had an 8-run lead. Part of the trouble was an injured pitching-hand finger that starting pitcher Travis Smith tried to work through. As a result, Smith had to leave the pitching mound in the first inning with 2 outs and 7 runs in. Tyler Wigfield pitched the next 3 frames and Danny Griffin 1. Brunswick also was charged with 4 errors in the field. The Railroaders had but 1 hit against 3 Waldorf pitchers, a Wigfield single. The lone run came in the bottom of the fourth when Griffin walked and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Travis Stroud.  

2005, 11 & 12 All-Stars finish 1-2

The 2005 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Jason Cooper and coached by Steve Dinges and George Cutsail. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  Dylan Brown, Brian Conrad, Spencer Cooper, Todd Cutsail, Johnny Lapole, Josh Merriman, Angelo Morehead, Eric Orndahl, Logan Sample, C.J. Shankle, Grant Smith and Kevin Whitworth. 


BRLL, behind a well pitched game by CJ Shankle, defeated Westminster 9-2 in the District opener. Shankle struck out 11 Westminster batters while hurling the complete 6-inning victory. He walked but 2 and only one of the runs was earned. The Railroaders didn'rt wait long to get on the scoreboard. In ther top of the first, leadoff batter Eric Orndhll reached on a fielding error and Spencer Cooper proptly ripped a double down the right field line to drive him in. Shankle followed by singling home Cooper. Later in the inning Kevin Whitworth, who'd reached base on an infield error, was plated off a Dylan Brown hit to make the score 3-0. In the second inning with two out, Orndahl and Cooper singled and Shankle then hit a run producing single to score OrndahlGrant Smith then hit a timely two run double to put the Railroaders up 6-0. In the top of the third with one out, Josh Merriman singled up the middle and Johnny Lapole followed with a bunt single. Orndahl reached base on a fielders choice and Cooper singled home Merriman and it was 7-2. The final runs came in the fifth when Todd Cutsail singles and Lapole reached on an infield error. Cutsail scored on a ground out and Lapole scored when Cooper reached base on another infield error by Westminster. Leading a heavy duty Railroader hitting attack were Cooper who went 3 for 4 with a triple and two singles, driving in two and scoring two runs. Shankle, Merriman and Brown each had a pair of singles. 


A Frederick American team built on running speed and Fundamental bunting had some help beating Brunswick 7-2 in pool play. The Americans used their speed and daring on the base paths to get out of run-down situations for scores, while the Railroaders ran themselves out of several big innings. Frederick sprinted ahead with a 4 run first inning, and their pitcher, Chuck Fleming, used a fast ball and off-speed pitch to limit the Railroaders to 3 hits all game. Railroader batsmen hit several of Flemings ifferings solidly, but those well-hit balls found fielders with gloves waiting. After Frederick put u those 4 runs, Todd Cutsail replaced starting pitcher Spencer Cooper and held the City club off the scoreboard until the fourth. Twice that inning, Brunswick let runners caught in rundowns escape and score. Twice Brunswick made base running mistakes that proved costly. Brunswick scored 2 runs in the sixth inning. Cooper was hit by a pitch to reach base. CJ Shankle walked, then Grant Smith grounded into a fielder's choice play on which Cooper was erased at third. Kevin Whitworth singled to score Shankle and Dylan Brown followed with a hit into right field to plate pinch-running Angelo Morehead. It looked as id a much bigger inning was ahead, but one of those base running miscues took wind out of the locals' sails. The three Brunswick hits were singles by Cooper in the fourth and Whitworth and Brown in the sixth. Cooper, 12,  started on the mound and was charged with 4 runs off 3 hits, struck out a batter and walked a batter. Cutsail, 11, worked the next 4 innings, giving up 3 runs and 3 hits, fanned 7 and walked 1.


Righthander Landon Routzahn shut out the Brunswick all-stars on a 2-hitter as host Thurmont won 10-0, eliminating the Railroaders from the District II tournament. Thurmont then beat Frederick American 11-0 to advance to the State tournament. Thurmont scored 10 runs and still left 8 runners stranded on the sacks. Thurmont scored 4 runs in each of the first two innings, then added single runs in the fourth and fifth inings. The game ended after the fifth inning by the ten run rule. All this while Routzahn retired 8 Brunswick batters on strikes while he walked only 2. Brunswick's 2 hits were a Grant Smith single leading off the second inning and CJ Shankle singling leading off in the fourth. Johnny Lapole coaxed the 2 walks.

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Frederick National (District 2)
At Robert B. Staley Stadium


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsHagerstown Valley
District 2 ChampionsThurmont
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsElkton Community
District 6 ChampionsEaston
District 7 ChampionsWaldorf National
District 8 ChampionsFruitland


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Elkton Community 10, Hagerstown Valley 1
Fruitland 3, Waldorf National 0
Easton 8, Arbutus 6

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Thurmont 6, Elkton Community 1
Fruitland 5, Easton 4

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Waldorf National 8, Arbutus 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Elkton Community 8, Waldorf National 5 (elim.)
Hagerstown Valley 4, Easton 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Thurmont 8, Fruitland 4

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Elkton Community 8, Hagerstown Valley 5 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Elkton Community 11, Fruitland 6 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Thurmont 3, Elkton Community 1 (TITLE)

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2006 CUBS lose semi-final in TOC

The Brunswick Cubs and Thurmont Orioles got the Tournament of Champions Little League series off to a thrilling start with a nail-biter of a pitchers duel in which only 1 run was scored and the game ended with Thurmont loading the bases with one out. The Cubs scored that lone run in the very first inning and made it stand for a 1-0 victory behind shutout pitching by Danny Griffin and Joey Martin. Frederick National Optimist used a sixth inning 2-run homer to wipe away a Brunswick lead and defeat the Cubs 7-6. The semi-final loss eliminated the locals in the single elimination tournament. 

2006 9 & 10 All-Stars, lone loss knocks Brunswick out of Districcts

The 2006 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by Ronnie Wenner and coached by Jay Nusbaum and O.C. Smith. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Collin Nusbaum. ORIOLES -  Gary Barrett, Jacob Struss and Tim Taylor.  PHILLIES - Brandon Axline (9) and Joey Conrad. PIRATES -  Zach Hoslser, Cody Wenner and Trent Wigfield.  REDS - Dallas Darling, Dougie Pearl (9) and Cody Smith.


Collin Nusbaum tossed a 2-hitter at Frederick American as Brunswick began District 2 play with an 11-1 win in 5 innings. After American scored a run in the top of the first, they were shut down by Nusbaum for the remainder of the game. Nusbaum struck out 6 and walked 3 in a game he controlled after that lone run in the first inning. Brunswick had an answer in the bottom of the first when they scored 5 runs, then were back to tally a run in the second, 3 more in the third and a single run in the fourth and fifth. Joey Conrad, Dallas Darling and Nusbaum all hit 2 singles to lead the Railroaders at the plate.


Collin Nusbaum's walk-off 3-run homer lifted Brunswick to a 6-3 victory over East Frederick in the second round of District 2 play. While Nusbaum's homer was the big hit of the game. the job Cody Wenner did over the entire 6 innings deserves praise as well. Wenner fanned 12 while giving out only 4 hits and 1 walk. The game featured several ties and 3 lead changes, the final one coming on Nusbaum's walk-off bomb as Brunswick's fans celebrated. Nusbaum had 3 hits, including 2 singles and 5 RBI's while scoring 2 runs. Adding singles were Tim Taylor, Cody Smith, Zach Hossler, Brandon Axline, Jacob Struss and Wenner.  


After going undefeated in pool play, Brunswick was eliminated in District 2 action by Four County 8-7. Four County scored a run in the first inning and added three more in the second for a 4-0 lead. The Railroaders broke through for a run in the fourth when Collin Nusbaum scored off a Trent Wigfield hit. In the fifth, Four County scored 3 runs for a 7-1 lead. The Railroaders scored a run in their half of the fifth when after a pitching change, Brunswick started reaching base via walks. A Wigfield grounder brought home Brandon Axline who had recieved a free pass.In the sixth. Four County scored a run to go up 8-2. The Railroaders came battling back on 4 walks, a hit and an error to score 5 times and pull to within a run, but it all came to a halt when the tying run was picked off base. Wigfield led the Railroaders with 2 singles. Nusbaum pitched the entire game, and was reached for 8 runs and 13 hits, he fanned 4 and walked none.

2006, Brunswick hosts 9 & 10 Sectional Tourney

The Brunswick Little League hosted the Sectional best 2 of 3 series between District 2 representative Four County and the District 1 representative Conococheague. After splitting the first 2 games, Four County defeated Conococheague 9-5 to advance to the State Tournament to be held in Elkton.

2006 10 & 11 All-Stars lose in District 2 championship game

The 2006 BRLL 10 & 11 All-Star team was managed by Jason Cooper and coached by Steve Dinges and George Cutsail. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Sammy Smith. ORIOLES -  Brice Beachley, Joe Fawley, Tyler Mills and Blaine Price.  PHILLIES - Jordan Ault, Blake Heffner and R.J. Hernandez. PIRATES -  Cole Fleming and Bryan Walker.  REDS - Tyler Dabbs, Travis Stroud and Mason Zimmerman.


RJ Hernandez pitched 3-hit ball and also clouted a bases loaded homer during an 11-run third inning to lead Brunswick to a 21-1 thrashing oof Four County. The Railroaders scored 9 runs in the first, 2 in the second and 11 in the third innning of the 10 run rule shortened game. Hernandez went all four innings on the mound and allowed one run off 3 hits. He struck out 9 and walked 6. Brunswick slugged 19 hits in the contest. Blaine Price went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 singles, scored 3 runs and knocked in 2. Hernandez had the homer and a single with 4 RBI's. Bryan Walker, Cole Fleming, Tyler Dabbs and Joe Fawley had 2 singles each.


Brunswick pounded the ball hard to defeat Thurmont 11-2 behind the 3-hit pitching of Tyler Dabbs. With Brunswick up 2-1 in the bottom of the third, Dabbs smacked a 2-run homer to help the Railroaders go up 6-1. Blaine Price went deep in the fourth, slugging a 3-run homer with Joe Fawley and Dabbs on base. Dabbs went the 6 inning distance on Thurmont , allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, fanning 7 with no walks. At the plate for the Railroaders, Price had a homer and single, drove in 3 runs and scored 2. Fawley and RJ Hernandez had 2 singles.


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Brice Beachley scored the winning run in the ninth inning to defeat undefeated Frederick National 10-9 and force a second title game in the District 2 tournament. Beachley had walked to lead off the Railroader's ninth at-bat. He moved to third after a walk and a double play, and scored on a Tyler Mills infield single. Frederick National led 7-5 after 4 1/2 innings, but Brunswick responded with 4 runs to grab the lead 9-7. The Nationals scored 2 runs in the sixth to send the game into extra innings. Cole Fleming was the winning pitcher while Joe Fawley led the Railroaders with a 3-hit outing and 2 RBI's.


RJ Hernandez hit a 2-run homer to tie the score in the third, when a rain storm forced the game to be completed the next day. No other information is available about this game at this time.


2006 11 &12 All-Stars lose in District title game 

The 2006 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Brad Foltz and coached by Jeff Axline and Mark Tarleton. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  CUBS -  Josh Allison, Danny Griffin, Joey Martin, Timmy McDermid, Josh Merriman and Matt Wanger. ORIOLES -  ST Cooper, Todd Cutsail, Zach Dinges and Zach Struss. PHILLIES - Dylan Brown and AJ Fogle. REDS - Brett Strahan.


Host Thurmont defeated Brunswick 10-5 in the District 2 Tournament opener at Thurmont's Leisner Field. In the first inning, Brunswick made it 1-1 when AJ Fogle swatted a solo homer over the right-center fence. Zach Dinges coaxed a walk, then a Matt Wanger double scored him. Wanger scored on the same play when Thurmont committed an error or two on the throw back into the infield, giving the Railroaders a 3-1 lead. But loose play on defense proved costly over the course of the game. Thurmont scored 3 runs in the top of the third, then Brunswick tallied once to make it 4-4 and once in the fifth to make it 7-5. But Thurmont scored 3 runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings. Wanger struck out 11 over his 5 innings of hurling. Of the 10 runs scored off Wanger, only 4 were earned. He walked 8 and allowed 6 huts. Todd Cutsail pitched the final inning and struck out the side. Fogle went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's.


Tim McDermid's home run in the third inning drove in the tying, and go-ahead runs and Todd Cutsail strong pitching helped lead Brunswick to a 6-1 win over Frederick American for the Railroaders first victory in the District 2 tournament. American scored a run in the first and the lead held until McDermit's 2-run homer in the third. 4 walks led to 2 more runs in the inning as Brunswick lfinished the inning with a 4-1 lead. Brunswick added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth when Zach Dinges belted a 2-run homer with Zach Struss on base. Cutsail held the city team to 4 hits, struck out 10 and walked only 1 in 6 innings. At the plate, Dinges led the way with a single and a homer with 2 RBI's. 


Three homers, 2 by Zach Dinges and one by Matt Wanger, powered Brunswick to a 5-2 victory over Westminster. Dinges hit the first home run, sending a 3-2 pitch over the fence at Younkins Park in the first inning. Dinges further built the Brunswick lead with a third frame four-bagger. In the fourth, Bret Strahan singled and came around to score on a ST Cooper hit. Westminter finally broke through with 2 runs in their half of the fourth. In the fifth AJ Fogle doubled and scored on a Zach Struss single. Wanger's solo homer put the fifth run on the board. Brunswick displayed plenty of pitching depth, utilizing 4 pitchers in the game. Struss hurled the first 3 innings, allowing 2 runs and only one hit, struck out 4 and walked 4. Joey Martin pitched the next frame, striking out all 3 batters that faced him. Danny Griffin pitched the fith inning, getting all 3 outs on ground balls. Wanger closed out the victory, working one inning with 3 strikeouts.


Four home runs by four different players, spelled planty of trouble for Frederick National in a loser's bracket game as Brunswick thumped Frederick National 15-3. Zach Dinges belted his fourth homer in 4 games, and Todd CutsailJosh Merriman and Zach Struss sent the ball out of Staley Stadium in a losers bracket game, eliminating National form the District 2 tournament. Dinges hit his homer in the first after a Matt Wanger single and was followed by Stuss's solo blast to make it 3-1. After an 8 run second inning it was clear the Railroaders had this game in hand. In the second Cutsail led off with his home run, then Danny Griffin singled, Dylan Brown doubled and ST Cooper singled and the sacks were full. Griffin was knocked home on a Wanger sac fly, followed by an AJ Fogle 2-run double. Stuss and Cutsail doubled in runs and another double by Brown chased in 2 more runs. Merriman's 3-run homer in the third helped lead the Railroaders to 4 more runs and a 15-2 lead. Two Brunswick pitchers held the Nationals to 2 hits. Dinges hurled the first 3 innings, giving up 2 runs and 1 base hit while fanning 1 and walking 3. Griffin retired the Nationals in the top of the fourth, allowing only a solo homer, and the game was history, ended by the 10-run mercy rule. 


Brunswick starter Zach Struss chucked a complete game 3-hitter while limiting Thurmont to 1 run, he struck out 6 and walked 3. While Struss was in full control off the mound, the Brunswick defense played an impressive game. Brunswick unleahed 3 home runs, a 3-run shot by Josh Allison in the first, and in the second Matt Wanger had a 2-run blast and Zach Dinges a solo blast. The Railroaders scored 2 in the third and added a single run in the fourth to end the game by the 10-run mercy rule. Allison and Dinges added singles to their homers and ST Cooper hit 2 singles and scored twice.


Brunswick was so close to winning the District 2 Little League championship they could feel it. Then things on the diamond suddenly turned against them. In a game the Railroaders led from the third inning on, Thurmont came up with 3 runs in the final inning, with the winning tally on a run-down play throwing error, to win the District crown 6-5. It was Thurmont's second consecutive District 2 title, and gives them the opportunity to repeat as State champions. That sixth inning began with Brunswick up 5-3 and needing 3 outs to win their first District crown since 1995. Thurmont's Matt Willis led off with a solo homer off Railroader pitcher Matt Wanger to begin the inning. After the next batter singled, Danny Griffin relieved Wanger. A run scoring single tied the game 5-5. A passed ball started the ill-fated run-down as Thurmont scored the winning run for a 6-5 victory. Brunswick's Zach Dinges had homered in the 4th for a 4-0 lead and AJ Fogle's solo shot in the fifth had Brunswick up 5-1, but the lead would not stand. Wanger pitched into the sixth, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) and 10 hits, struck out 6 and walked none. Griffin took over for Wanger in the sixth and was reached for 2 runs, 1 earned, with no strikeouts or walks.   

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Arbutus (District 4)
At Arbutus Middle School


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsHagerstown West End
District 2 ChampionsThurmont
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsElkton Community
District 6 ChampionsSouth Caroline (Preston)
District 7 ChampionsWaldorf American
District 8 ChampionsWest Salisbury


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Caroline 7, Waldorf American 0
West Salisbury 9, West End 0
Elkton Community 1, Thurmont 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
South Caroline 5, Arbutus 2
West Salisbury 6, Elkton Community 1

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Thurmont 5, West End 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Waldorf American 5, Elkton Community 4 (elim.)
Thurmont 9, Arbutus 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
South Caroline 3, West Salisbury 0

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Thurmont 14, Waldorf American 8 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Thurmont 9, West Salisbury 6 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Thurmont 4, South Caroline 1
South Caroline 3, Thurmont 0 (TITLE)



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2007, BRLL Umpire Chief recieves Senior Regional tournament assignment

Brunswick Little League Chief of Umpires Kevin Smith has been chosen to umpire in the 2007 Senior (age 15-16) Little League Eastern Regional tournament to held in Dover, Delaware this year. Congratulations go out to Kevin for this wonderful honor.  

2007, BRLL Pirates lose in finals of TOC

The Brunswick Pirates, who defeatred the Phillies in a best 2 of 3 series to win the 2007 BRLL championship, won their first 2 games but lost in the championship game of this years Tournament of Champions hosted by Frederick American. In game 1 the Pirates came from behind to defeat the Westminster Dodgers 4-3. In game 2, The Pirates came form 9 runs down to beat the Thurmont Yankees by a 20-14 score. In the championship game, the Pirates scored the first 3 runs before Four County Nationals came back with 7 unanswered tallies to take the TOC crown 7-3.

2007 9 & 10 All-Stars lose in District final

The 2007 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by Jason Cooper and coached by Steve Dinges and George Cutsail. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  Dalton Anderson, Brandon Axline, J.T. Bergman, Ryan Capstick, Adam Fitzwater, Jeremy Garrott, Daniel Patterson, Dougie Pearl, Joseph Rindone(9), Harold Shipe, Schuyler Smith, Noah Tucker(9), and Justin Walls(9).


Ryan Capstick and Dougie Pearl supplied 2-hit pitching while Brunswick scored each time they batted Saturday, beating host Thurmont 13-3 in the opening game of the age 9 & 10 District II pool play. The righthanded Capstick hurled the first 3 1/3 innings, gave up 3 runs (2 earned), allowed 2 hits, struck out 6 and walked 3. Pearl, a lefthander, pitched the last two-thirds of and inning, fanning 1. Brunswick scored 2 in the first when Joe Rindone and Pearl walked and Adam Fitzwater doubled into right-centerfield to score both. Brunswick scored 5 in an error-filled second, 1 in the third and 5 more in the fourth. Rindone batted 2 for 3, scoring 3 runs and knocking in 2.  


Down 4-0 in the second and 5-0 after 4 innings of the 6 inning game, the Railroaders stormed back to score 9 runs in the last two innings and hand visiting Westminster a numbing 9-7 defeat. With the Railroaders down 5-0 as they came to bat in the top of the fifth, Ryan Capstick and Brandon Axline singled and then scored on a Joe Rindone double. That was followed by RBI doubles by Dougie Pearl and Schuyler Smith. A sacrifice fly off the bat of J.T. Bergman tied the score at 5 all. Brunswick took the lead 6-5 when Jeremy Garrott stroked a hit down the right field line to give the Railroaders 6 runs in the fifth and the lead. Westminster showed no signs of giving up when the scored the tying run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 6-6. But in the top of the sixth, Axline beat out a bunt down the third base line and advanced to second on a throwing error. Rindone doubled to score AxlineDaniel Patterson knocked in Rindone with a double and Adam Fitzwater singled in Patterson with the ninth run. Axline batted 2 for 3, scoring two runs. Rindone and Pearl were 2 for 4 with Rindone driving in 3 runs and scoring 2. Pearl went the first 3 innings on the mound and was reached for 5 runs off of 4 hits, with 3 k's and 2 walks. Axline worked the final 3 innings. He allowed 2 runs with 1 earned, allowing 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking 1.


Joe Rindone powered the age 9 & 10 all-stars to an exciting 9-3 victory by clouting a pair of homers and driving in 6 runs, and was also the winning pitcher. It was some kind of a game for a 9 year old. Rindone, all 4 foot 6 inches and 72 pounds of him, displayed tremendous strength, blasting a home run as the lead off batter in the bottom of the first, and then was back to further torment the Nationals an inning later. In the second, Dalton Anderson, Ryan Capstick and Brandon Axline were jamming the bases when Rindone connected on a 1-0 pitch for his second homer, making it a 5-0 lead with all 5 runs due to just two swings of his mighty bat. A sacrifice fly ball out by Adam Fitzwater scored Dougie Pearl from third base and then Harold Shipe knocked in Daniel Patterson on a ground ball out making it 7-0 after 2 innings. Capstick hurled the opening 3 innings, allowing 3 unearned runs on 3 hits, sat 4 down on strikes and walked 4. Rindone who got the pitching victory, threw the final 3 innings of scoreless and hitless ball with 3 K's and a walk. Rindone batted 4 for 4 with 6 RBI's and scored twice. Axline hit a pair of singles and Anderson, Patterson and Pearl had one single each. 


Frederick American came to town and used outstanding pitching to beat Brunswick 7-1, and advance to the State 9 & 10 tournament. John Mahalachick threw no-hit ball as the Americans scored a single run in the first, 4 in the second and 2 in the fourth. The lone local run came in the final inning when Daniel Patterson scored off a passed ball, having reached base on a walk. Brunswick had only 4 base runners in the game. 

2007 10 & 11 All-Stars win District, lose State championship game

The 2007 BRLL 10 & 11 All-Star team was managed by Jay Zimmerman and coached by Don Sigler and Brad Foltz. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  Jeremy Anderson, Gary Barrett, Joey Conrad, Dallas Darling, Zach Hossler, Nolan Johnson, Collin Nusbaum, Donald Sigler, Cody Smith, Jake Struss, Tim Taylor, Cody Wenner, and Trent Wigfield.



Brunswick tore into Frederick National with a 10-run first inning that had the BRLL all-stars up early in a game ended after just 3 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule, winning by a score of 18-5. Cody Wenner hit the very first pitch of the game for a single. Collin Nusbaum followed by clouting the third pitch out of the park for a 2-run homer, and the rout was on. Gary Barrett drove in 2 runs with a single, Cody Smith, Jake Struss and Wenner had RBI singles. Nusbaum was back for a 2-run double and Barrett returned to drive in 2 more runs, all in the first inning. Frederick scored 4 runs when they batted in the top of the second, but the Railroaders scored 5 runs in their half of the second and 3 more in the third. Nusbaum, Wenner and Barrett batted 3 for 4. Nusbaum got his homer and a 2-run double, driving in 6 runs and scoring 4. Wenner hit 3 singles and scored 3 runs. Barrett had 3 singles and 5 RBI's. Dallas Darling batted 2 for 3 with a triple and double, scoring 3 times. Smith, Zach Hossler, Nolan Johnson and Jake Struss hit singles. Darling started, but pitched only an inning giving up 1 hit, fanned 1 and walked 1. With a big early lead, Darling was replaced by Barrett.who allowed 5 runs off 5 hits, struck out 6 and walked 2.  


Collin Nusbaum and Jake Struss hooked up tp throw a no-hitter while Brunswick pounded the ball for 16 hits and 17 runs, taking apart Thurmont 17-0. Brunswick's 13 run first inning pretty much told the story, while Nusbaum and Struss gave Thurmont nothing from the mound. For the Railroaders in the first inning, Cody Wenner, Dallas Darling, Jeremy Anderson, Gary Barrett, Zach Hossler, Tim Taaylor, Joey Conrad and Donald Sigler all drove in at least 1 run as Thurmont could not find a way to get the locals out. Nusbaum pitched the first 3 innings, blanking Thurmont in both runs and hits, fanning 7 and walking none. Struss tossed a scoreless, hitless fourth inning. Barrett batted a hot 3 for 4 with 3 singles, driving in 2 runs and scoring 2. Wenner batted 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's. Darling and Struss batted 2 for 3, with Darling hitting a 2 run homer in the second inning. He also singled, drove in 4 runs and scored 3. Struss had a double and a single and 3 runs scored.


The BRLL all-stars sprinted to an early lead over Frederick National and never looked back, winning 12-8. A 7-run first put the Railroaders in command, and with Dallas Darling pitching with relief help form Cody Wenner, the Railroaders maintained a game long advantage to win the District II title. Frederick scored a run and led 1-0 before the Railroaders took their turn at bat in the bottom of the first, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring 7 runs. Darling, the winning pitcher, hit a 2-run homer to highlight the inning. In the fifth inning with Jake Struss and Wenner on base, Collin Nusbaum hit a monstrous shot down the third base line for a 3-run homer and a 12-6 lead. Jeremy Anderson and Darling batted 3 for 3. Darling hit his 2-run homer, an RBI single and another single and was on base at a 3 for 3 clip as he drove in 3 runs. Anderson hit an RBI double and 2 singles and reached base at a 3 for 3 clip. Wenner hit 2 singles, had a RBI and scored twice. Nusbaum had his 3-run homer, Trent Wigfield, Tim Taylor and Struss had RBI singles and Zach Hossler had a single. Darling hurled 5 1/3 innings, was reached for 7 runs (5 earned) and 10 hits, struck out 1 and walked 1. Wenner worked the last 2/3 of an inning and was charged with an unearned run and a hit, fanned 1 and walked 1.



Neither team let an hour's rain delay affect their play as Brunswick pocketed a 5-3 win in their first game of the State tournament round-robin bracket. Brunswick scored their first runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jeremy Anderson led off with a walk and Cody Smith did the same. Anderson advanced to third on a passed ball and stole home when the pitcher recieved the ball from the catcher without paying attention to the runner on third. Smith scored on a passed ball and Joey Conrad, who had walked also, scored on a ground out to give the Railroaders a 3-1 lead. Hughesville had scored a run in the top of the second, Brunswick came back to score 2 more runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Conrad who had walked scored on a passed ball and Jake Struss clouted a solo home run. Hughesville scored it's final 2 runs in the top of the sixth inning. Collin Nusbaum claimed a complete game win off the mound. He scattered 8 hits, allowed 3 runs, struck out 3 and didn't walk a batter. Meanwhile Bunswick got but 4 hits off of 2 Hughesville pitchers. Struss had his homer, Gary Barrett had 2 singles and Cody Wenner had a single. 


Chesapeake City got a 3-run walk off homer to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Brunswick 7-4 in the second game of round-robin bracket play. Brunswick scored 2 runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Cody Wenner led off by reaching base on a fielding error. Dallas Darling singled behind Wenner, then Gary Barrett hit a ground out that scored WennerDarling scored on a wild pitch. Chesapeake made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first and scored 3 more runs in the third for a 4-2 lead. The Railroaders deadlocked the score in the fourth. Timmy Taylor hit a lead off single. Trent Wigfield coaxed a walk. After two were out, Collin Nusbaum chased Taylor home with a hit, and Darling singled into leftfield to score Wigfield with the tying run to knot the score at 4 all. Darling started and lasted into the sixth when with one out he was removed because of the new pitch count limit. Darling was reached for 5 runs and 7 hits, fanned 5 and did not walk a batter. Wenner pitched to 3 batters before the game ended. Jake Struss and Darling batted 2 for 3, Struss with a double and single, Darling 2 singles. Adding hits were Wenner, Nusbaum and Taylor


Cody Wenner spun 3-hit ball in a 3-1 Brunswick win over West Salisbury to advance through the round-robin bracket to the State championship game. Wenner had a shutout going until the top of the sixth when the lead-off batter for West Salisbury cracked a solo home run. After getting an out, he had reached his pitch count limit and was done for the day. He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed only the 1 run and 3 hits, striking out 4 and walking 3. Collin Nusbaum went the final 2/3 of an inning for the save allowing a hit. Brunswick took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Gary Barrett led off with a single. Jeremy Anderson sent a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield wall for a 2-run homer, giving Wenner all the run support he would need. The Railroaders added a run in the fourth when Dallas Darling coaxed a walk and eventually scored on a passed ball. There were many outstanding plays on defense by both squads, as is usually the case in a low-scoring game.  


2007's great adventure by the Brunswick age 10-11 Little League all-stars ended several runs and one game shy of a state title, but it was one heck of a run for the Jay Zimmerman led team. The Railroaders fell 7-5 to Chesapeake City at Cambridge in the State title game. Brunswick's only two losses at the State dance were to the title winner. Chesapeake scored 2 runs in the first inning and Brunswick responded with 2 of their own. Cody Wenner led off with a double and when Collin Nusbaum bounced the ball over the fence for a ground rule double, it scored WennerNusbaum scored on a passed ball. The next 5 runs were scored by Chesapeake who got single tallies in the second and third and 3 more in the fourth for a 7-2 lead. The Railroaders scored a run in the fourth when Gary Barrett singled to score Wenner. The final two runs of the BRLL season came in the fifth. Jeremy Anderson hit a single and Cody Smith followed with a ground rule double. After Jake Struss walked, the bases were full. Anderson scored on a wild pitch and Smith scored on a single by WennerWenner and Nusbaum each hit a double and single. Nolan Johnson and Smith hit doubles and Struss, Barrett and Anderson hit singles. Dallas Darling pitched the opening 4 1/3 innings, allowed 7 runs (3 unearned) struck out 6 and walked 3. Nusbaum twirled the final 1 2/3 rounds of scoreless ball with 1 K.

2007 11 & 12 All-Stars go 1-2 in District II play

The 2007 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Mark Tarleton and coached by Jay Nusbaum and Jeff Merriman. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  Jordan Ault, Brice Beachley, Tyler Dabbs, Joe Fawley, Cole Fleming, R.J. Hernandez, Tyler Mills, Blaine Price, Tyler Shreve, Chance Smith, Travis Stroud, Bryan Walker, and Zach Woodward.


Frederick National overcame Brunswick's only lead of the day with a late inning homer, lifting the Nationals to an 8-6 victory. After Brunswick recovered from a 5-0 deficit to lead by 1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Nat's Travis Phelps clouted a 2-run homer to take a 1 run lead. The Nationals added a run in the sixth. The Railroaders got on the board in the fourth inning when Chance Smith slammed a 3 run homer with Baline Price and Tyler Shreve on board. An inning later Brunswick was back for 3 more runs and the lead. Shreve belted a run producing double to bring the Railroaders to within a run. The Railroaders tied the score on a Frederick fielding error and Smith gave the Railroaders their only lead of the contest when he hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Tyler Dabbs from third. Brunswick managed but 5 hits off 3 National pitchers. Shreve batted 2 for 2 with a double and single. Smith had his homer and Price and Tyler Mills hit singles. R.J. Hernandez hurled the opening 3 1/3 innings. He gave up 4 runs and 5 hits, struck out 6 and walked 2. Dabbs threw 2/3 of an inning allowing a run and 2 hits, fanning 1 and he walked 1. Shreve tossed a round plus, giving up 3 runs and 3 hits and he struck out a hitter. Travis Shroud faced 4 batters and did not allow a run nor hit while setting down 2 on K's. 


The Railroaders began the evening's fireworks early with two grand slam home runs in the same inning, blasting East Frederick 18-2 in a 4-inning game shortened by the 10-run rule. Cole Fleming and Chance Smith clouted those grand slam homers in the second inning, a 13 run stanza that increased the local lead to 15-0. Brunswick actually hit 4 homers, with Tyler Mills and Tyler Dabbs also leaving Younkins Memorial Park. Dabb's homer gave the Railroaders a 2-0 first inning lead. Mills sent the ball over the wall with no one on base in the third inning as Brunswick put up 3 more runs. Mills batted 3 for 3, drove in 3 and scored 3. Dabbs batted 2 for 2 adding a single to his homer and scored twice. Bryan Beachley pitched all 4 innings and faced 17 batters, allowing 2 runs off of 3 hits, struck out 3 and walked 1.


Brunswick was edged 2-1 by Four County on Momday in a game that dropped the Railroaders from the District II playoffs. The Railroaders took the early lead when they scored a run in the second inning. Cole Fleming started it off with a lead-off single, then Zach Woodward pushed Fleming around to third with a single. A delayed double steal enabled Fleming to beat the throw at the plate. Four County got single runs in the third and fourth innings, both times after two were out. Brunswick used three pitchers during the frustrating loss, Joe Fawley, Tyler Dabbs and R.J. HernandezFawley hurled the opening 3 1./2 innings giving up 2 runs and 2 hits, fanned 2 and walked 4. Dabbs worked 2/3 of a session, allowing a hit and stuck out 2. Hernandez threw the last inning with 2 K's. Blaine Price had a double for Brunswick. Adding singles were Chance Smith, Fawley, Fleming, Dabbs and Woodward. Two times the Railroaders had a runner reach third and 3 times had a runner reach second but couldn't gert them home. 

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Rising Sun (District 5)
At Biles Field


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsHagerstown Federal
District 2 ChampionsFrederick National
District 4 ChampionsArbutus
District 5 ChampionsElkton Community
District 6 ChampionsEaston
District 7 ChampionsNorthern Calvert (Dunkirk)
District 8 ChampionsWest Salisbury


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Easton 8, Frederick National 4
West Salisbury 7, Hagerstown Federal 5
Northern Calvert 8, Arbutus 5

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Elkton Community 6, Easton 2
Northern Calvert 3, West Salisbury 1

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Hagerstown Federal 14, Frederick National 4 (5 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
West Salisbury 9, Easton 4 (elim.)
Hagerstown Federal 11, Arbutus 3 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Elkton Community 9, Northern Calvert 6

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
West Salisbury 10, Hagerstown Federal 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
West Salisbury d. Northern Calvert (elim.)

Championship Series:
West Salisbury 16, Elkton Community 6 (4 innings)
West Salisbury 4, Elkton Community 3 (TITLE)


Seth Windmuller and Connor Shockley opened the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back home runs, helping their West Salisbury Little League all-star team to overtake Elkton Community Little League, 4-3, in the championship game of the Maryland state tournament in Rising Sun.

The home runs negated a two-run Elkton rally in the top of the inning, and helped West Salisbury to its fifth consecutive victory after a second-round loss in the double-elimination tournament. West Salisbury advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut, which the Maryland champions then won en route to a berth in the Little League World Series.

West Salisbury struck first in the championship game, as David Dechert's run-scoring double in the second inning and Windmuller's solo home run in the third helped stake the District 8 champions to a 2-0 lead. Elkton narrowed the gap on Sean Locke's RBI single in the fourth inning, and moved in front in the sixth. Ronnie Young's RBI single tied the game, then Elkton loaded the bases with nobody out. West Salisbury recorded the inning's first out, but Paul Keeley reached on an error that scored Kye Williams with the go-ahead run.

Shockley, who allowed only four hits in a complete game effort for West Salisbury, escaped further damage with a pair of strikeouts.

In the bottom of the inning, Windmuller slammed a fastball over the center field fence to open the inning, then Shockley immediately followed by driving a hanging curveball beyond the outfield fence to give West Salisbury its second state championship in the major baseball division in five years.

"We are going to Bristol with a lot of confidence," said West Salisbury manager Chris Yingling after the game. "The kids had to win five straight without losing, and then they had to come back in the bottom of the sixth to win the championship. That gives us a lot of momentum."

West Salisbury needed the string of victories after falling, 3-1, to Northern Calvert Little League on the tournament's second day. Northern Calvert pitcher Ryan Meisinger struck out nine and quieted a West Salisbury offense that had outscored opponents by a 84-12 margin in its first seven games.

"He's a great pitcher," said Yingling of Meisinger, who had faced many of West Salisbury's players previously in travel team tournaments. "I kept waiting for us to break out, but it just didn't happen this time.

"We're going to work hard with them tomorrow morning and be back ready to get at it again," added the West Salisbury manager. "We'll see what they're made of and how bad they want it."

West Salisbury began its long climb through the bottom bracket by downing Easton Little League, 9-4, then scored in every inning to eliminate Hagerstown Federal Little League with a 10-4 decision.

Gavin Yingling opened the scoring against Federal with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Federal tied the game in the second, then West Salisbury moved in front for good in the bottom of the inning when Dechert keyed a two-run rally with an RBI single.

Brian Kragler's two-out single in the third plated Windmuller, and Dechert delivered a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth. Craig East added a two-run double in West Salisbury's four-run fifth inning.

"I give their hitters credit," said Hagerstown Federal manager Doug Hornbecker, whose team suffered its only two defeats of the international tournament against West Salisbury.

"We had a couple errors and a couple walks that they took advantage of," added Hornbecker. "They made the plays and got the hits when they needed to."

Dechert rounded out his five-RBI day by scattering three hits, including Andrew Yacyk's three-run homer in the sixth.

West Salisbury then avenged its earlier defeat, moving into the championship game with a 10-1 win over Northern Calvert, before forcing the tournament to a final game with a 16-6, four inning victory over Elkton.

Javin Taylor's grand slam home run gave Elkton a 4-0 lead after half of an inning in his team's first meeting with West Salisbury, but the eventual champions tied the game on Canaan Cropper's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. West Salisbury then took control with an eleven run rally in the second. Two of West Salisbury's first three batters in the inning reached on errors, before Cropper drilled a three-run homer over the right field fence to give his team the lead for good. Ryan Aebly and Windmuller added three-run homers later in the inning as sixteen West Salisbury batters came to the plate before the third out was recorded.

"Hats off to them," said Elkton manager Matt Williams after the game. "They hit the ball really well, got it done in the field, and their pitcher's breaking ball was in there for strikes."

East was the primary beneficiary of West Salisbury's offensive fireworks. The right-hander inherited a pair of baserunners when he entered in relief in the first inning. He struck out six and settled down to keep Elkton's offense in check after allowing the first inning home run.

"This team has a lot of heart and a lot of determination," said Chris Yingling after his team extended the tournament by overcoming the early grand slam. "No deficit phases them."

Elkton hung much closer in the rematch, before Windmuller and Shockley's late inning heroics helped lift West Salisbury to the championship.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way (my team) bounced back and showed that they belonged on the field," said Williams, the Elkton manager, after his team extended West Salisbury in the final inning one day after falling by the mercy rule. "They were one inning away."

West Salisbury stood one inning away from elimination before extending their summer, and later used a last-ditch rally to capture the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. West Salisbury won just one of its four pool games, but advanced to the semifinal round on a tiebreaker before toppling Maine-Endwell (New York) Little League, 11-10 in the semifinal round, and blanking Council Rock Northampton Little League (Richboro, Pennsylvania), 4-0, in the region championship game.



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2008, Two BRLL umps get postseason assignments

For the second year in a row, Umpire Chief Kevin Smith will be working on the big stage, and this year he will have company by way of Tony Russo. After working in the Senior League, age 15-16, Regionals tournament last year, Smith will be umpimg in the 2008 Senior Leage World Series to be held in Easley, South Carolina. Russo has been assigned to the 2008 Junior (age 13-14) League Eastern Regionals in Bristol, Connecticut. It is not everyday that 2 volunteer umpires from the same league would be afforded such an honor.  

2008, Brunswick CUBS wins Tournament of Champions

2008 TOC
2008 Brunswick Cubs


The Brunswick Cubs won the 2008 Tournament of Champions by defeating the Frederick National Lions 11 to 1 in 5 inningsbehind a 2-hitter by righthander Dallas Darling. The tournament was hosted by East Frederick Little League. Behind the timely pitching and hitting of numerous Cubs, they took advantage of every opportunity to win the championship. After a first round bye, the Brunswick Cubs defeated Frederick American 9-7 in their first game. The Cubs wnt 18-2 to win the regular season title. The scores of all the games in the tournament were as follows:

Frederick American AmVets 5,  Four County Mudcats 3                                                   

Thurmont A's 14,  Westminster Yankees 1

Frederick National Lions 13, East Frederick 2

Brunswick Cubs 9, Frederick American AmVets 7

Frederick National Lions 6, Thurmont A's 1

Brunswick Cubs 11, Frederick National Lions 1




2008 9 & 10 allstars
2008 9 & 10 All-Stars

2008 9 & 10 All-Stars lose in District title game

The 2008 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by Jay Zimmerman and coached by Keith Tucker. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  A's Tyler Babyak, Chase Loy and Noah Tucker.  CUBS -  Dylan Ellis, Connor Kean, Justin Walls and Andrew Wanger.  ORIOLES -  Tommy McCarthy, Michael Taylor and Nicholas Taylor.  PHILLIES - Ryan Goodson. PIRATES -  Dale Ingram. 


Brunswick lost 14-1 to Frederick National in an opening round game that ended after 4 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. The Railroaders had 4 hits in the game. A double by Andrew Wanger, a RBI single by Dylan Ellis and singles by Connor Kean and Tommy McCarthyTyler Babyak started on the mound and went the first three innings and Tucker tossed the fourth inning. 


In game 2 of the District tournament, Brunswick hammered Frederick American in an abbreviated 4 inning game 15-0 behind a no-hit shutout from Noah Tucker. While Tucker kept the Americans off the scoreboard, he struck out 7 and walked 3. The Railroaders took advantage of 4 fielding errors and a bucketful of walks while slugging 7 hits. Brunswick scored a run in the first, 5 in the second and 9 in third and put this one to bed early by the 10-run rule. Andrew Wanger hit a run scoring triple and also a single. Tyler Babyak stroked a 2-run and a 3-run double. Tucker had 2 singles.


Playing the day after their victory over Frederick American, the Railroaders put on a repeat performance against Westminster by hammering out a 19-1 victory. The Railroaders used 10 hits, 5 Westmister errors and the pitching of Tyler Babyak and Andrew Wanger to sprint to victory. Brunswick scored 8 runs in the first and 4 runs in the second. Tommy McCarthy had 2 triples and 4 RBI's. Noah Tucker had a double and a single and was on base all 4 times he came to the plate. Babyak pitched the first inning and was followed by Wanger who went the final 3 innings.


Dylan Ellis and Justin Walls hit run scoring triples while Tyler Babyak and Nick Taylor did the pitching at Thurmont, the combination of the hitting and pitching sparking a 5-1 victory that advanced Brunswick to a championship game against Frederick National. Brunswick scored 1 run in the second, third and fourth, then 2 in the final round. Thurmont scored their lone run in the second. Babyak pitched into the fifth inning, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run off of 5 hits with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks. Taylor went the final 1 1/3 innings of scoreless and hitless ball with 2 strikeouts. Ellis batted 3 for 4. Walls had 2 hits. Andrew WangerMichael Taylor and Babyak also had singles. 


Frederick National scored 3 runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for the first time on their way to edging the Railroaders 7-6, The victory gave the Nats the District tilte, advancing them to the state tournament. National came back from 3-0 and 6-4 deficits, using their 3-run fifth to wrestle away BRLL's game long lead. Noah Tucker went the first 4 1/3 innings for Brunswick and was relieved after reaching his pitch count limit of 76 pitches. Tucker was reached for 4 runs and 6 hits, he struck out 2 and walked 5. Tommy McCarthy pitched to 2 batters, walking both. Andrew Wanger faced 6 batters, and gave up a run and 2 hits with 2 walks. Tucker batted 3 for 4 with a RBI and run scored. Justin Walls had 2 hits and 2 RBI's. John O'Connor, Ryan Goodson, Michael Taylor, Dylan Ellis, Tyler Babyak and McCarthy added hits.  

2008 10 & 11 allstars
2008 10 & 11 All-Stars

2008 10 & 11 All-Stars Win States

The 2008 BRLL 10 & 11 All-Star team was managed by Jeff Axline and coached by Jeff Axline and Kevin Wood. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  A's Joey DeMeza and Daniel Patterson.  CUBS -  Adam Fitzwater, Harold Shipe and John O'Connor.  ORIOLES -  Jeremy Garrott, Ryan Capstick and Cody Mahoney.  PHILLIES - Brandon Axline, JT Bergman and Joe Rindone(10). PIRATES -  Dalton Anderson and Schuyler Smith. 

The Railroader Little League's age 10 and 11 all-star team has accomplished something not done since 1995, winning a State title on the Little League diamond. They did it by going undefeated 7-0 through two all-star tournaments, the district II tourney in our area and the State playoffs at Waldorf. This is the first team to win a State championship in a younger division than the age 11-12 level. All of Brunswick's previous titles have been won by the older team, the last one coming in 1995. That squad, like this one was managed by Jeff Axline and coached by Brad Foltz. They were joined by Phillies coach Kevin Wood



Ryan Capstick, with some fine help from his Brunswick defense, tossed shutout ball the way of Frederick American here in Brunswick on July 8th, pitching the 10 - 11 all star team to a 5 - 0 opening round win in the District 11 Little League Tournament.

Capstick, 11 and off the Orioles team, did not allow a run and only 4 base hits while he struck out 5 and walked 2 with his right - handed deliveries. 

It was a scoreless game until the Railroaders broke it open by scoring all 5 runs in the fourth inning.  Harold Shipe and Capstick sent out 2 hits apiece for the Railroaders, Shipe with a double and single and Capstick with 2 singles. Other singles were delivered by Daniel Patterson and Joe Rindone. Scoring the locals runs were Patterson, Adam Fitzwater, Shipe, Rindone and Capstick.


Brunswick pitching continued throwing scoreless ball when Brandon Axline pitched 2 - hit ball and the Railroader all stars scored in each inning on the way to blanking Thurmont 9 - 0 one game after shutting out Frederick American.

Facing but 2 batters over the minimum, Axline, a right - hander off the Phillies, allowed but 2 base hits while he sat down 8 on strikeouts and walked but one.

Daniel Patterson had a 3 for 4 hitting game for Brunswick that included a 2 - run home run in the 6th and a triple in the 5th.  Axline went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate and scored 3 runs; Jeremy Garrott was 2 for 2. Other hits came from the bat swings of Schuyler Smith and Ryan Capstick.


Brunswick snapped a 3 - 3 tied score with a single run in the last of the 3rd inning and defeated Frederick American for the second time in the playoffs, but this one was bigger than that, this one, a 4 - 3 victory, was for the District 2 Championship.  It was the first District Title won by a Brunswick All Star team since 1995 when the 11 - 12 star squad won both the District and State crowns.

That 3rd round winning run was scored when a sacrifice fly - out off the bat swing of Joe Rindone drove in John O' Connor.  Ryan Capstick picked up the pitching win with 5 and 2/3rds of hurling as the Brunswick starting pitcher.  Capstick was reached for 3 runs and 6 hits, he struck out 5 and walked four.  Jeremy Garrott relieved Capstick for the final frame and a third and did not allow a run nor hit while fanning a batter, getting a huge save for his efforts.

Daniel Patterson continued to carry a hot bat with a triple and 2 RBIs while Garrott doubled and Harold Shipe singled for the winning Railroaders.

Winning the District advanced the Brunswick team to the Maryland State Tournament  in Waldorf, Md. 



Brandon Axline allowed but 3 base knocks while Brunswick plated 3 runs  in the fifth inning on the way to a 4 to 2 win over Easton in the 10 - 11 all star State opening game for the team from this Railroad Town.

While Axline was dealing his 3 hitter he struck out 12 batters and walked none  The game winning hit belonged to Ryan Capstick who singled in two runs in the 5th inning to snap a 1 - 1 knotted score. Both Jeremy Garrott and Rindone added 2 hits for Brunswick. Harold Shipe and Axline also singled.  


In a game delayed by lightning and one that also went to an extra inning seventh where Adam Fitzwater provided his own type of lightning strike, clouting a dramatic 3 - run walk - off home run to give the Railroaders an inspiring 8 to 5 triumph over Northern Calvert.

The score stood at 5 - 5 in the bottom of the 7th round with both Schuyler Smith and Ryan Capstick on base when Fitzwater pounded the first pitch he saw deep beyond the left field fence, ending the ball game and keeping Brunswick unbeaten in the State Dance.  Brunswick Manager Jeff Axline said the fence at the Waldorf park was 220 feet and that the ball sailed 20 feet beyond the barrier.

Fitzwater finished the quarrel with a 4 for 4 hitting game that included his homer heard back in Brunswick, a double and pair of singles and drove in 5 of the 8 runs.  Both Joe Rindone and Brandon Axline added 2 singles and Ryan Capstick produced a 2 run two - bagger.

Brunswick used three pitchers in the extra inning affair with Capstick the starter and both Garrott and Rindone coming on in relief. The win sent the Brunswick team to a semi - final round game.


Brunswick came back from 4 runs down and bested Rising Sun 9 to 6 in a semi - final State playoff tilt to advance the Railroader team to the Stage 10 - 11 Championship game the next day.

Facing Spencer McDermott, who Brunswick Pilot Jeff Axline termed the best pitcher his club had faced to this point, the Railroaders tore into the Rising Sun pitcher for 11 hits and the victory. 

Brandon Axline paced Brunswick with a 3 hit game while Joe Rindone had 2 hits. JT Bergman tripled and Adam Fitzwater doubled. Ryan Capstick delivered an RBI single and both Dalton Anderson and Harold Shipe singled.  Anderson and Axline scored twice.

Schuyler Smith was the starting Brunswick pitcher and was followed on the bump by Anderson and then Axline.  Axline came on in relief and allowed but one run over 4 innings.  "We needed to reach down and get some pitching help for a couple of innings," suggested Manager Axline of the game, "and Schuyler and Dalton were called on to provide the help. They kept us in the game.  We brought Brandon in to start the third and lock down the win."


Ryan Capstick's pitching and a top-notch Brunswick defense held Rising Sun to single runs in three innings Friday as the Railroaders won by a 9-3 score to take the Maryland State 10-11 2008 title. Capstick, a righthander off the Orioles held Rising Sun to 3 runs and 5 hits, struck out 2, but did have some control problems, walking 3 and hitting 3 in 6 innings.  

Joe Rindone and Brandon Axline batted 2 for 3. Rindone finished with 2 runs driven in. Axline had 2 singles, and his single in the fifth scored Joey DeMeza and Harold ShipeSchuyler Smith, Jeremy Garrott, Dalton Anderson and Shipe added hits.

"The coaching staff is proud of this team and the hard work they put in during practices," said Axline. "To go undefeated in both the Districts and the States is a huge accomplishment. This is a special team! During State play we fell behind on 5 occasions in the 4 games. And in each occasion the team responded by either tying or scoring the go-ahead run in the next at bat."    

2008 11 & 12 All-Stars are runners-up in District II 

The 2008 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Mark Tarleton and coached by Darrell Hauver, Jay Nusbaum and Ronnie Wenner. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  A's Donald Sigler.  CUBS -  Jeremy Anderson, Dallas Darling, Dougie Pearl(11) and Collin Nusbaum.  ORIOLES -  Gary Barrett, Trent Masser, Jake Struss and Timmy Taylor.  PHILLIES - Joey Conrad and Cody Smith. PIRATES -  Zach Hossler and Cody Wenner. 


Brunswick scored 16 runs in the first inning and routed host Frederick American 27-1 in a game that lasted but 3 1/2 innings. In that wild scoring opening inning, 4 Railroaders had 2 hits each, and 2 of the - Joey Conrad (2 RBI's) and Jeremy Anderson (4 RBI's)  - clouted home runs and each added singles. The first inning also featured a Gary Barrett 2-run double and 2 run single. Zach Hossler hit 2 singles and scored 2 runs. Brunswick hit so well in the first inning that the lead-off spot in the line up came to bat 3 times. Collin Nusbaum pitched the first 3 innings, allowing but 1 hit. Nusbaum allowed 1 unearned run with 5 K's and 2 walks. Barrett went the last frame retiring all 3 batters in order. Conrad later added a single and finished with 6 RBI's and 3 runs scored. Anderson also had 3 hits, the last one a double and finshed with 5 RBI's and 3 runs scored. Barrett, Nusbaum, Hossler had two hits each. 


It was Brunswick and then some when the 11-12 All-Stars tore into Thurmont for 18 runs. Some superb defense and Dallas Darling's pitching didn't allow the north county league a run in the 18-0 commanding victory. The Railroaders scored 5 in the bottom of the first, plated 9 runs in the second and added 4 more in the third. The game ended because of the 10-run rule after Thurmont batted 4 times. For his 4 innings, Darling gave up no runs and just 1 hit, a fourth inning single. Cody Wenner batted a perfect 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and a single and scored 3 times. Collin Nusbaum went 3 for 4 with a homer, double and a single, driving in 3 runs and scoring 2. Jeremy Anderson cracked a 2-run homer in the second. Darling had a double and a single with 2 RBI's and 3 runs scored. Gary Barrett had 2 doubles and Donald Sigler had a run producing triple.


Winning convincingly for the third straight time in District II play, Brunswick beat host Westminster 17-2. Brunswick took advantage of Westminster's overshifting defense by hitting them where the defenders were not positioned instead of where they were, dialing up another abbreviated victory via the 10-run rule in 4 innings. Cody Wenner pitched the win for the Railroaders. He allowed 3 hits, fanned 3 and walked 3. He had a no-hitter through 3 innings before being touched for 2 runs and 3 hits in the fourth. Brunswick scored 6 runs in the first with Dallas Darling hitting a 2-run single and Tim Taylor hitting an opposite field RBI triple against the shift.Brunswick followed with 4 runs in the second on a 2-run single by Darling and a Dougie Pearl RBI single. In the fourth the Railroaders scored 7 more with Trent Masser getting 2 hits in the inning, a lead off double and a run scoring opposite field single against the shift. Pearl batted a perfect 3 for 3, with a triple and 2 singles and 2 RBI's. Masser, Taylor and Darling went 2 for 2. Darling had 4 RBI's.


Brunswick bats were booming the baseball to all areas of Marvin E. Younkins Park when the 11-12 All-Stars displayed their penchant for hitting, pitching and fielding to the tune of a rousing 18-0 win over Four County from Mt.Airy. It was 14-0 in the second inning as the Railroaders continued an all-star run that trough 4 games of pool play had them outscoring the opposition 80-3. Against Four County, Jeremy Anderson allowed just 1 hit, a single up the middle in the first inning. He went on th throw a shutout 1-hitter with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk. The Railroaders scored 9 runs in the first, 5 runs in the second and 4 runs in the third. Donald Sigler, Collin Nusbaum and Joey Conrad each had 3 hits in 4 at bats. Conrad had a 2-run homer, triple and single, driving in 4 runs and scoring 3. Sigler had a bases clearing triple and 2 singles, with 5 RBI's and 3 runs scored. Nusbaum had a 2-run double and 2 singles, driving in 4 runs. Anderson had 2 singles with 3 runs scored and was on base all 4 times he came to the plate. 


It was a crushing loss for a team that had dominated their District 2 all-star games until they met Frederick National at Staley Stadium. The Railroaders had the lead late only to see Frederick pull out a 5-3 win on the strength of 2 home runs hit by Phil Reese. The Railroaders scored single runs in the first 2 innings, getting runners across the plate on a pass ball and a wild pitch. Brunswick led 3-2 after scoring a run in the fourth. Trent Masser hit a double down the rightffield line to score Cody Wenner all the way from first base. Dallas Darling went the distance on the hill for Brunswick. The Railroaders had looked unbeatable going into Monday's title game, postponed the previous day by rain, but a well pitched game by the Nationals Jerel English and Brad Wastler, who combined for 15 strikeouts, held the BRLL bats in check.    

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Easton (District 6)
At North Easton Park


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsHagerstown Federal
District 2 ChampionsFrederick National
District 4 ChampionsSouth Maryland (Davidsonville)
District 5 ChampionsNorth East
District 6 ChampionsEaston
District 7 ChampionsHughesville
District 8 ChampionsFruitland


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Fruitland 12, North East 7
Frederick National 10, Hughesville 0 (4 innings)
Hagerstown Federal 30, South Maryland 0 (4 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Easton 7, Fruitland 4
Hagerstown Federal 5, Frederick National 4

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Hughesville 7, South Maryland 6 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
North East 7, Frederick National 1 (elim.)
Hughesville 13, Fruitland 10 (7 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Hagerstown Federal 6, Easton 4

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Hughesville 4, North East 3 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Easton 20, Hughesville 2 (4 innings; elim.)

Championship Game:
Hagerstown Federal 9, Easton 1 (TITLE)


It is a time-honored literary device: an author introduces a character that plays a bit part in one storyline, but appears again -- this time at center-stage -- in a later work.

Such was the case with Hagerstown Federal Little League, which won the first district championship in the league's 40-plus year history in 2007 before eventually placing fourth at the Maryland state tournament. Both of Federal's losses came by the hand of West Salisbury Little League, which tossed numerous teams by the wayside during a climb through the bottom bracket before eventually winning the Maryland title. West Salisbury's championship was a precursor to a victory in the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament that earned the Marylanders a trip to the Little League World Series.

Hagerstown Federal's roster was relatively young in 2007, and five players from that breakthrough state tournament team returned to form the core of the league's 2008 all-star team. Manager Bill Abeles felt the experience would give his team a distinct advantage.

"I do not discount the experience factor," said Abeles of his team's returning players. "Especially last year. (In the 9-10 year old division) you don't have the leadership and you don't have the same pressure. The core of five guys that felt the pressure in the state tournament in 2007 are leading them now."

"When other teams throw their best guys, you want kids whose hearts aren't in their throats," explained the Hagerstown manager prior to the state tournament. "We have that experience."

Hagerstown's blend of talent and veteran savvy would prove to be a lethal combination in the 2008 international tournament. The District 1 champions opened the state tournament with a 30-0 pummeling of South Maryland Little League, and closed it by defeating Easton Little League on their own field, 9-1, to claim the state championship. Like West Salisbury in 2007, Hagerstown Federal's story didn't end until the Little League World Series.

"All the coaches tried to do is just stay out of their way and let them play a great game between the foul lines, and they absolutely did it," said Abeles after his team toppled Easton. "(They) did all the things we asked: pitched and played great defense and hit the dickens out of the baseball."

Federal's hitting was especially potent in the championship game. Hagerstown collected a dozen hits, and homered four times against the league that won the state championship in the 9-10 year old division in 2006. Right fielder Crosse Barvichack sparked a three-run rally by drilling a home run to open the second inning, and then added a two-run shot to extend the lead in the third.

The early lead was exactly what Abeles hoped for coming into the game.

"We didn't mind being the visitor, and we knew what we wanted to do was basically put a little bit of pressure on them and make them play defense. We knew we were going to get good pitching, and we knew we were going to put the ball in play because we have such good hitters. But we just wanted to keep the pressure on them."

Josh Moates added a three-run homer in the fourth, and Dalton Jobe completed the scoring with a solo shot to lead off the sixth.

Federal pitcher Zane Schreiber struck out seven batters in 4-1/3 innings, and held Easton to just one run despite allowing runners to reach scoring position in each of the game's first four innings. Reliever Josh Barron retired all five batters he faced to bring the state championship back to Hagerstown for the first time since Hagerstown American Little League captured the Maryland title in 1990.

"Hagerstown is just a very good team," said Easton manager Albert Pritchett. "They had two great pitchers. They hit the ball just tremendously -- no matter who we threw up there, they were mashing the ball. They're very well-coached, very disciplined. I think they'll be a great representative of the state of Maryland."

Hagerstown's title game victory was their second of the tournament over Easton. The second pitcher that Pritchett referred to, left-hander Andrew Yacyk, held Easton's offense scoreless into the sixth inning before Hagerstown held off a late charge in a 6-4 victory. Yacyk struck out 10 and allowed just three hits before reaching the 85-pitch limit mandated by international tournament rules.

"He had great pace and he comes across as a southpaw, which is a different angle," explained Abeles. "He has superb off-speed pitches to keep them off-balance. He's really honed that over the last three years."

Yacyk also sparked Hagerstown's first rally, when his double opened a two-run first inning. Schreiber followed with a walk, and both runners scored when Barvinchack doubled later in the inning.

Federal extended its lead in the second, when Mark Grunberg and Ryan Byard delivered run-scoring hits. Byard eventually scored on a first-and-third baserunning situation, and the next inning, Moats walked and scored on a wild pitch.

"We play each game trying to win each inning," said Abeles. "That was our focus from the get-go, to put some pressure on them early. We were trying to keep pressure on them, but they're too solid a ballclub to allow that to happen and started to come back."

Easton began narrowing the deficit in the sixth, when Tayvon Blake drove a Yacyk pitch beyond the fence to open the inning. Ike Pulley and J.V. Lewis followed with singles, and Shyheim Washington slammed a three-run home run to pull his team within two runs before Hagerstown had recorded an out.

Easton added a walk and single to bring the winning run to the plate with one out, but Josh Barron -- Hagerstown's third reliever of the inning -- induced a strikeout and pop out to end the rally.

"They really made a run at us late in the game," said Abeles. "I'm really glad it wasn't the first inning, that's for sure.

"Our goal was to try to stay in the winner's bracket," added the Hagerstown manager. "It takes some pressure off our pitching staff. This is high-stakes, and we knew we were up against a tough Easton team. My guess is we're going to see them again."

"We came up a little short," said Pritchett. "But we are going to come back tomorrow, hopefully, and win a game and maybe get another chance to see them."

Hagerstown advanced to their late-tournament clashes with Easton by opening the tournament with a pair of victories. Five different players homered -- including Schreiber three times -- in the 30-0 opening round win over South Maryland. Federal scored six runs in the first inning before following with twelve-run rallies in the second and third. Schreiber paced Hagerstown's 19-hit attack with a three-run homer in the first, a solo homer in the second, a two-run single later in the second, and a grand slam in the third. Yacyk and Barron threw a combined one-hitter, and faced the minimum number of batters.

The next day, Federal needed a late rally to edge Frederick National Little League, 5-4. Hagerstown led early, but Frederick took the lead with a pair of runs in the third, and extended the advantage when Blake Lincoln homered in the fourth and drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth. But Frederick managed just one run in that fifth inning after loading the bases with nobody out, and Hagerstown capitalized on the missed opportunity in the bottom of the inning.

Brady Hornbecker opened the inning with an infield hit, Yacyk walked, and Schreiber's two-run double to center field tied the game. Frederick recorded the inning's first two outs, but a throwing error following Moats' chopper to the mound allowed pinch runer Ryan Kinter to score the go-ahead run.

"They were taking it to us, and we needed a little bit of luck," said Abeles. "We got to the fifth inning, got a couple of guys on, kept battling and putting the ball in play. And they made one key error that helped us out.

"We needed to have a close game," added Abeles, whose closest margin of victory to that point in the international tournament was an 11-2 win in their first district tournament game. "I was a little concerned about when we'd experience that game (and) how we'd respond. But we got an answer. This is the state (tournament) and this was a great game."

The win moved Hagerstown into their first matchup with Easton, and the Eastern Shore team earned a second shot at Federal by lacing Hughesville Little League, 20-2, in the elimination bracket final. Carrying over momentum from their final inning rally against Hagerstown, Easton hit six home runs while opening up a 17-0 lead before the game was suspended by rain after two innings. Easton built much of their lead in the second, when twelve consecutive batters reached base after the first two outs were recorded. Blake hit three home runs, while Shaw Pritchett added two and Nick Olds hit one. Dallas Bonner added a three-run shot when play resumed the next day.

"They came ready," said Hughesville manager Gary Ruble of the host team.

"We have been talking to the players about not being tentative," explained Pritchett. "The kids came out swinging the bats well."

Not lost amongst the carnage was Hughesville's decision to return to the Eastern Shore -- a three hour-plus round trip -- to finish the suspended game despite the double-digit deficit.

"We had conversations about it," said Ruble of his team's decision to complete the game. "Ultimately it came down to the boys and what they wanted to do. The majority was they wanted to come back and play. This is about the boys, so we came back and played."

"It was certainly different starting in the third inning already with a lead," said Pritchett. "We have a lot of respect for Hughesville for coming back (to finish the game). They had a good tournament. They won three games."

"I am so proud of this team," said Ruble. "Even with the fate of the game on the wall, (our players) would rather go back over an hour and a half away to finish the game than concede. Can't beat that in a million years."

Pritchett was equally pleased with his team's effort.

"I would have liked to been the winner of the show, but it didn't work out that way," said Pritchett. "And I sure wish Hagerstown the best of luck."

"I'd trade places with Hagerstown," added the Easton manager. "But I wouldn't have traded my team."

Hagerstown, meanwhile, departed the Eastern Shore with its sights on loftier goals.

"We've set mini-goals and have tried to reward ourselves the whole run," said Abeles. "We wanted to repeat as district champions, which we did. We wanted to go a step further here and win the state championship. Now we'll start preparing for Bristol, keep taking little steps, and see where it takes us."

Where it took them -- that's a whole new story to tell. Hagerstown's time at center stage was only just beginning.



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On June 20, the Brunswick Railroader Little League hosted a game under the lights at Marvin E. Younkins Field for the Frederick Challenger Little League. The vsisting team, CSA, faced Thurmont Civitan in a game under the lights before a large, supportive crowd. 

The game lasted two full innings with a tied score of 31-31.The CSA team boasted five locals boys: Noah Watkins, John Baker, Jimmy King, Donnie Hempe, and Clark Zecher. 

The Frederick Challenger Little League is an independent league, consisting of eight teams, that gives players with physical or developmental disabilities a chance to participate in baseball to the maximum of their abilities. FCLL works with Little League programs throughout the Maryland District 2 region. Area leagues support the program with fields and volunteer support as well as by directing interested players to FCLL.

Brunswick players from varoius levels of Little League, Babe Ruth and PVYA Softball came out to be the Challenger buddies for the evening. Buddies help their assigned player in the field and around the bases, sometimes pushing wheel chairs, encouraging or assisting when needed with catching, throwing and hitting.

Thanks go out to all who helped make the evening a success, including Cindy Zimmerman who helped coordinate the event and lined up the buddies, and all the people who helped prepare the field and run the concession stand. Thanks also to umpires Kevin McCarthyBill Nelson and Donnie Sigler

2009, BRLL CUBS repeat as TOC champion 

The 2009 Majors Champion CUBS will represent the Brunswick Little League in this years 22nd annual District 2 Tournament of Champions. It is to be held at Four County Little Leagues' Russell Windsor Field on Rt. 144 near New Market from Saturday, June 27 to Monday, June 29. 

The CUBS, who won both halfs and finished 19-1 are managed by Mark Tarleton, The coaches are Darrel Hauver, and Dwain Stockman. The players on this years team are Dylan Ellis, Aaron Fitzwater, Adam Fitzwater, Connor Kean, Brian Kenny, John O'Connor, Doug Pearl, John Mark Ready, Harold Shipe, Austin Stockman, Justin Walls, and Andrew Wanger.


Brunswick beat Frederick American on Saturday 8 to 0 in the opening round of the 2009 TOC.. The CUBS were led by the no-nit pitching of Doug Pearl who struck out 12 in the contest. Offensively, Adam Fitzwater had two hits, including a two run homer and 4 RBI's. John O'Connor had two hits with a double for the Cubs. Justin Walls also had two hits. The victory advances the CUBS into the second round of the 2009 TOC against Four County's Senators, an 8-5 winner over Westminster in 8 innings. The second round match is to be held on Sunday, June 28 at 5pm. The other semifinal game starting at 2:30 pm, pits Thurmont, who advanced with a 16-2 win over East Frederick, against Frederick National, who received a first round bye.


The Brunswick Cubs won their second round game by an 8-0 score over the host Four County Senators. On the mound, Adam Fitzwater threw the shutout allowing just 3 hits. He had nine strikeouts and only one walk. Andrew Wanger finished with 2 singles and a walk, scoring two runs and had one RBI. Adam Fitzwater had a 2 RBI single and 3 RBI's for the game. Doug Pearl walked twice, scored twice, and had a RBI triple. The win puts the Cubs in position to repeat as TOC champs. Their opponent will be Thurmont who defeated Frederick National. The championship game will be on Monday, June 29, with a start time of 6pm. 


The Brunswick Cubs won the title game of the 2009 Tournament of Champions over the Thurmont Cardinals 7 -1 on Monday night. They retain the title having won the 2008 TOC. The Cubs are the first team in the 22 year history of the Tournament of Champions to win two years in a row. Said BRLL President Mike Price "Congratulations to the Cubs on a great year. They played this weekend much like they did all year with good pitching, great defense and timely hitting". Harold Shipe got the win on the mound, allowing 1 run and 3 hits, striking out 7 and walking 4 in  5 1/3 innings. Justin Walls had a big day at the plate going 3 for 3, including a RBI double and a solo home run while scoring two runs. John O'Connor had two singles in two at bats, scoring 2 runs. Adam Fitzwater had a ground rule double. The Cubs, who returned eight players from last season's championship team, thoroughly defeated the entire field scoring a combined 23 runs and allowing only one in the 3 games they played. "I am as proud as can be of them because they all played their hearts out," manager Mark Tarleton said, "All the hard work in the early spring has led up to this. They deserved to win this."

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2009 9 & 10 All-Stars


2009 9 & 10 All-Stars lose District finals

The 2009 BRLL 9 & 10 All-Star team was managed by Curtis Anderson and coached by James Thompson and Gary Barrett. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  A's - Zachary Heffner (9), Quinn Lear (9) and Chase Loy.  CUBS -  Aaron Fitzwater (9) and Austin Stockman (9).  ORIOLES -  Tyler Ebberts (9) and Dylan Goodnough.  PHILLIES - John HardingPIRATES -  Dominick Naylor (9) and Luke Struss (9).  MINOR ORIOLES -  James Shipe and Joe Wanger (9). MINOR PHILLIES -  Noah Hawes


Brunswick's 9/10 All-Stars rolled over Frederick National 12-0 in five innings. The game was held in Brunswick. The local team was led by the power pitching and hitting of John Harding. On the mound he went all five innings throwing only 58 pitches. He allowed no runs on three hits, walking none. At the plate he was three for three with a 2 run double in the first inning and a grand slam homer in the second inning for a total of 6 RBI's. James Shipe had two singles in two trips to the plate, Tyler Ebberts had a 3 run double and Aaron Fitzwater had a RBI single. The defense backed Harding with some nifty glove work, led by second baseman Chase Loy and shortstop Ebberts. The Railroaders play Four County Little League in Brunswick on Wednesday, July 1. The second round game will start at 6 pm. Four County advanced by beating Frederick American 13-3. 


The Brunswick 9/10 All-Stars battled Four County and Mother Nature in winning their second round game 3-0 in five innings. The game was held in Brunswick at the rain soaked Marvin E. Younkins Field. The score was 0-0 after one inning when there was a 90 minute rain delay. Play resumed but so would the occasional rain shower. With the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Austin Stockman drew a walk and took second on a passed ball. Noah Hawes then hit a flair to right scoring Stockman with the first run of the game. With a steady rain coming down as the two teams played into the bottom of the fifth inning, Chase Loy singled and Dylan Goodnough drew a walk. Tyler Ebberts then drove a pitch over the centerfielders head for a two run double to give the locals a 3-0 lead. In the sixth inning with a steady rain coming down onto an already drenched field, Four County began a rally that saw them score three runs. With no outs and a man on second and the field becoming unplayable, the umpires reluctantly called the game over. The score reverted back to the fifth inning giving the locals a 3-0 victory. On the mound Tyler Ebberts went all 5 innings for the victory, allowing two hits and striking out five. The 9/10 All-Stars now play on Friday, July 3 at East Frederick, with the game starting at 6pm. The field is located off of 7th Street as you exit from Rt. 15.  


The 9/10 All-Stars lost a heartbreaker to host East Frederick on Friday, 12-11. The Railroaders built a 11-6 lead through 5 1/2 innings before the home team stormed back to score 6 runs in the bottom of the sixth against three Brunswick hurlers. Brunswick had eight hits including two run singles by James ShipeDominic Naylor and Zach Heffner, and singles by Chase Loy, Tyler Ebberts, John Harding, Dylan Goodnough and Austin Stockman. Harding got the start on the mound, pitching into the fifth inning. He was followed by Loy, Goodnough and Naylor.


Brunswick Little League's 9/10 All-Stars defeated Four County for the second time, 10 - 6, to advance to the next round of the MD District 2 Tournament. The game was played at Four County and was a rematch of the rainy second round match. The Railroaders scored six runs in the second inning to take control in the rematch behind run scoring singles by Chase LoyTyler Ebberts and Dominic Naylor. For the game, Ebberts had a single, and a double and three RBI's, John Harding had two doubles, Loy, Naylor, Zach Heffner, Luke Struss and Austin Stockman had singles. On the mound, Ebberts went the first 4 innings plus a batter before falling victim to the pitch count rule. He was followed by Naylor who got the last six outs to preserve the win.


The Brunswick 9/10 All-Stars lost in the championship game against East Frederick 4-2 on Monday. Both teams were scoreless through 3 innings when East Frederick used 2 singles, a two base error and a hit batter to scratch out a run in the fourth. They struck for two more runs in the top of the fifth when they got three hits to widen their lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Zach Heffner lead off with a single and scored on a Dominic Naylor base hit. Chase Loy then chased Naylor home with a single to make the score 3-2 after five complete innings. East Frederick added a run in the top of the sixth inning for a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth with one out, Dylan Goodnough had a double and Noah Hawes drew a walk. With runners on second and third and two outs, the Railroaders were in position for a come from behind victory with the go ahead run coming to the plate, After fouling off pitch after pitch with a full count, the last batter was retired, and East Frederick got to celebrate winning the title. The Railroaders had 5 hits in the game. They had the RBI singles by Loy and NaylorGoodnough's double and Heffner's single. John Harding also had a double. Harding went the first 4 2/3 innings on the mound allowing 3 runs, 6 hits, striking out 8 and walking none. James Shipe went the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 1 hit, striking out 3 and walking none. Congratulations go out to the 9/10 All-Star players and coaches for a great tournament run and for representing the Brunswick Railroader Little League in an outstanding way. 


East Frederick 12 - Thurmont 2, Brunswick 12 - Frederick National 0, Four County 13 - Frederick American 3, East Frederick 14 - Westminster 0, Brunswick 3 - Four County 0, Frederick National 12 - Frederick American 0, Four County 11 - Thurmont 5, Frederick National 14 - Westminster 3, East Frederick 12  - Brunswick 11, Four County 6 - Frederick National  3, Brunswick 10 - Four County 6, East Frederick 4 - Brunswick 2 

10 11 all-stars

2009 10 & 11 All-Stars capture both the District and State titles 

The 2009 BRLL 10 & 11 All-Star team was managed by Jeff Axline and coached by Brad Foltz and Keith Tucker. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  A's - Tyler Babyak, Sean Christie, Alec Lewis and Noah Tucker.  CUBS -  Dylan Ellis, Connor Kean, Justin Walls and Andrew WangerORIOLES -  Tommy McCarthy, Michael Taylor and Nicholas Taylor.  PHILLIES - Ryan GoodsonPIRATES -  Alosha Jeffers.  



The Brunswick 10/11 All-Stars scored early and often, easily defeating Four County 13-1 in their opening game of the District 2 tournament. The Railroaders dominated on offense with a 14 hit attack led by Andrew Wanger's 4 hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning and a double in the third. He finished with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI's. Noah Tucker went 2 for 4 including a run scoring double in the first and a two-run homer in the fifth inning to finish with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI's. Tommy McCarthy and Tyler Babyak also had two hits apiece. Justin Walls, Sean Christie, Alec Lewis and Mike Taylor had one hit apiece. Three Railroader pitchers combined to hold Four County to just one hit. Noah Tucker went the first 4 innings allowing no runs and one hit, that coming to the second batter of the game for FCLL. He struck 9 and walked 5. He was followed by Andrew Wanger in the fifth. He allowed one unearned run, coming off two fielding miscues by Brunswick, on no hits. He struck out two and walked none. Nick Taylor pitched an uneventful sixth to put the game away for BRLL. Brunswick now plays Frederick National on Thursday, July 9 at 6pm. The game is in Brunswick at the Marvin E. Younkins field.   


Brunswick beat Frederick National 9-1 on Thursday behind the strong complete game pitching performance of Tyler Babyak and the home run bats of Justin Walls and Andrew WangerBabyak went the distance allowing one run on two hits, striking out nine and walking none. He threw 84 pitches in 6 innings for the win. After a 3 up, 3 down top of the first, the Railroaders got all the runs they needed in their half of the inning. Tommy McCarthy was hit by the first pitch of the game and on the second pitch, Noah Tucker laced a single to center. After a fly ball to left for the first out, Walls pulled a ball over the fence in left for a 3-0 lead. Babyak singled and went to second on a throwing error. With two outs, Sean Christie hit a ball to the shortstop who overthrew the first baseman, scoring Babyak with the fourth run. Wanger led off the third with a single, and after stealing second, he scored on a fielding error by the shortstop on a hard hit ball by Walls. After a ground rule double by BabyakChristie singled in Walls for the sixth run. In the fourth inning, after singles by McCarthy and TuckerWanger stroked a three-run home run deep into the left centerfield trees for his second homer of the District tournament. Brunswick now plays Frederick National in the championship game to be held in Brunswick on Saturday, July 11 at 5pm. Since Frederick National already has one loss, they would have to beat the Railroaders twice to advance to the State tournament.   


The Brunswick Railroader 10/11 All-Star team defeated Frederick National 13-3 to win their third straight District 2 title and will get the opportunity to defend the State title that was won by the BRLL in 2008. The game was played in Brunswick at the Marvin E. Younkins Field. The team was led by the pitching and hitting heroics of Noah Tucker who pitched a 5 inning complete game and came within a single of hitting for the cycle. Tucker had a triple in the first, a run scoring double in the third, and had a 3-run homer in the fourth. He came to bat in the fifth with the opportunity for a rare feat in Little League baseball, the cycle. A base on balls thwarted the opportunity as he finished 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI's. Tommy McCarthy was 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored including a double and a triple. Tyler Babyak was 2 for 3 wirh a double and 3 RBI's. Brunswick finished with 11 hits, stringing together 6 in the decisive 4th inning when they put the game away by scoring 6 times. Frederick National came to town with revenge on their minds after losing to Brunswick earlier. They came out smoking, scoring 3 runs in the top of the first on three hits. But Tucker allowed only one more hit the rest of the way as he silenced the Nationals bats and gave his team the time it needed to score some runs. Tucker finished the game allowing three runs on four hits, striking out four and walking three.  


Four County 10 - Westminster 0, Frederick National 13 - Frederick American 1, Brunswick 13 - Four County 1, Frederick National 19 - Thurmont 4, Thurmont 11 - Westminster 6, Frederick American 13 - Four County 3, Brunswick - Frederick National 1, Thurmont 8 - Frederick American 5, Frederick National 12 - Thurmont 3, Brunswick 13 - Frederick National 3  



Brunswick beat District 4 representative, Arbutus Little League, in the opener of the State Championships 14-0 behind the one hit pitching of Nick Taylor. Taylor struck out seven in the 4 inning game that was ended by the 10-run mercy rule. Brunswick scored thier 14 runs on 17 hits. They were led by Justin Walls who had two doubles, a single and 3 RBI's. Andrew Wanger, also had three hits and Noah Tucker, Tyler Babyak, Dylan Ellis, Tommy McCarthy and Taylor each connected for two hits each. The Railroaders now play Rising Sun at 2pm on Sunday in a winners bracket game. 


Brunswick withstood a furious rally in the sixth by Rising Sun to win 5-4 in a second round game. After a scoreless first inning, Brunswick broke through for two runs in the top of the second on a two-run RBI single by Mike Taylor, After a run in the second for Rising Sun, Tyler Babyak smacked a solo homerun for a 3 -1 lead. After a single run in the fourth and a single run in the fifth on a Noah Tucker single, Brunswick lead 5-1. Rising Sun rallied for 3 runs in the sixth before a ground out to Connor Kean ended the rally. Tucker went the first 1 1/3 innings but was removed because of injury. Babyak relieved Tucker and went the distance to get the win.


Brunswick Little League's 10/11 All-Stars continued their winning ways with a 9-1 triumph over Valley. After a scoreless first, the locals took the early lead in their half of the second inning. The first run scored on a pass ball, and after a Dylan Ellis single, Connor Kean followed with another base hit, driving in Ellis. The Railroaders struck again in the third, getting another run on a base hit by Tyler Babyak, giving them a 3-0 lead after three complete innings. In the fourth, after a single by Alec LewisTommy McCarthy brought him in with single for a 4-0 lead. Noah Tucker started and went the first 3 2/3 innings before being replaced by Andrew Wanger with the bases loaded and two outs. After walking the first batter, a run charged to TuckerWanger got out of the jam to give them a 4-1 lead after four innings. Brunswick broke the game open in the top of the fifth. After a double by Wanger, Justin Walls stroked a two-run homer. Ellis walked and went to third on a double by Sean Christie. Ellis scored on a pass ball. After a walk to Kean, McCarthy knocked in the final two runs to give the Railroaders a comfortable 9-1 lead after five. Wanger had been replaced on the mound by Nick Taylor with two outs in the fifth. Taylor got the last three outs to send Brunswick to the next round of the State championships. 





The Brunswick Railroader Little League's 10/11 All-Stars concluded a stellar postseason run by capturing it's second straight State Little League title with an 8-3 win over West Salisbury in the championship game. In the process of winning consecutive titles over the past two years, Brunswick went 14-0. In the bottom of the first inning, Brunswick struck for 4 runs to take the early lead. The Railroaders let the pitching and defense take over from that point, qualities that were highlights of this team through the entire District and State title journey. Noah Tucker went 3 for 4 and hit a solo homer in the fourth inning. Tommy McCarthy had an RBI double, Connor Kean doubled and Sean Christie had an RBI. Tyler Babyak worked the first 5 2/3 innings for the win. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, all singles, striking out 7 and walking 1. 



Valley 14 - Easton 4,  Brunswick 14 - Arbutus 0, Rising Sun 9 - Northern Calvert 0, Valley 14 - West Salisbury 6, Brunswick 5 - Rising Sun 4, Northern Calvert 13 - Arbutus 0, Rising Sun 17 Easton 3, West Salisbury 7 Northern Calvert 3, Brunswick 9 - Valley 1, West Salisbury 5 - Rising Sun 1, West Salisbury 5 - Valley 3, Brunswick 8 - Weswt Salisbury 3

2009 11-12 ALLSTARS

 2009 11 & 12 All-Stars wins 20th District title, lose in States 

The 2009 BRLL 11 & 12 All-Star team was managed by Mark Tarleton and coached by Darrel Hauver and Dwain Stockman. The Brunswick All-Star players are:  A's - Joey DeMeza and Daniel Patterson.  CUBS -  Adam Fitzwater, John O'Connor, Doug Pearl and Harold Shipe.  ORIOLES  Ryan Capstick and Jeremy Garrott.  PHILLIES - J.T. Bergman, Tyler Heffner and Joe Rindone (11).  PIRATES -  Dalton Anderson and Schuyler Smith



Adam Fitzwater had 4 hits and pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief to lead the Railroaders over Frederick National 14-6. The Railroaders produced 16 hits in the game. Jeremy Garrott had three hits and 5 RBI's including a 3-run homer and a 2-run double. Joe Rindone also had three hits while Doug Pearl reached base all 4 times on a walk, 3-run homerun, a single and an error by the first baseman. Leading 7-6, the Railroaders broke a close game open in the bottom of the fifth when the first seven batters reached base on 6 hits and a walk. They would go on to score 7 runs to give them some much needed breathing room. Pearl went the first 3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits. He was followed by Fitzwater who allowed no runs on 2 hits, striking out 5. Having reached 45 pitches (46 pitches and over costs you another day of rest), he was relieved by Garrott who got the final 2 outs.


Brunswick 's Ryan Capstick, with sixth inning help from Harold Shipe combined on a five-hit shutout of Frederick American 11-0. Capstick kept the city team off balance all night, striking out 9 and walking none. Shipe went the last inning striking out one and walking one. Capstick had two hits and two RBI's at the plate. Schuyler Smith collected 3 RBI's, walking twice and and singling in two runs. The Railroaders were ahead 3-0 in the top of the fifth when Daniel Patterson and Adam Fitzwater hit back to back homeruns. Brunswick ended up scoring four times in the fifth inning and repeated the feat in the sixth inning for a comfortable 11-0 victory. Brunswick now plays at Thurmont Little League in a game pitting two undefeated teams on Tuesday.      


Brunswick defeated Thurmont 9-8 on Tuesday in a game played at Leisner Field in Thurmont. Leading by six runs after four innings, the Railroaders survived a late inning surge by Thurmont to hold on for the victory. Brunswick's win puts the Railroaders in the championship game against the winner of Frederick American and Thurmont. The game will be held in Brunswick on Thursday at 6pm.  Thurmont got a 3 run homer off of starter Adam Fitzwater in the top of the first to take a 3-0 lead. Brunswick scratched out a run in thier half of the first before exploding for 5 runs in the bottom of the second. Ryan CapstickDoug Pearl and Daniel Patterson each singled in a run. They added two more runs in the third for a 9-3 lead. After a scoreless fouth, Thurmont put a five spot on the board, closing the game to 9-8. In the sixth inning, Thurmont had runners on first and third when Jeremy Garrott, who entered the game in the fifth with two outs, got the final out on a pop up to end the game. Fitzwater went the first 4 1/3 innings before his pitch limit was reached, Pearl went 1/3 of an inning and Garrott got the final four outs. The Railroaders collected 10 hits as a team lead by PattersonGarrott,and J.T. Bergman with two hits apiece. 


With Ryan Capstick in control on the mound, Brunswick defeated Frederick American 6-2 to win the District 2 title. It was the 20th District title for the Brunswick Railroader Little League, but the first since 1995. The game was played in Brunswick at the Marvin E. Younkins field before a huge crowd. Capstick had a no-hitter through 3 2/3 inning before allowing a double down the third base line. Leading 2-0 at the time, Capstick would allow another single before striking out the third batter of the inning and ending the Americans rally. Brunswick broke through for two runs in the second inning. After leadoff walks to Jeremy Garrott and CapstickJoe Rindone slapped a single to center that was misplayed by the centerfielder. Rindone got an RBI on the hit, the second run scoring on the error. Brunswick would score 4 more runs in the top of the fifth, giving Capstick all the breathing room he needed. Brunswick sent ten batters to the plate in the inning, including a single to center by Pearl, a bunt single by Harold Shipe, 4 walks and two hit batters. American would get solo homers in the fifth and sixth but couldn't breakthrough for the big inning against the hardthrowing righthander. For the game, Capstick allowed two runs on five hits, striking out ten and walking two. After reaching his pitch limit, Shipe got the last out on a grounder up the miiddle. After Shipethrew the ball to Adam Fitzwater at first, the team celebrated near home plate. The Railroaders could muster only four hits, but used 6 walks and two hit batters to score thier 6 runs. Doug Pearl was 2 for 4 in the lead off spot, Rindone and Shipe each had a single. Brunswick now heads to Waldorf to play in the State tournament against District 6's Upper Eastern Shore Little League. The tournament starts on July 25. This is basically the same team, with the exception of the injured Brandon Axline, that won the State title last year in the 10/11 State tournament. A parade through town with fire engine and ambulance sirens leading the way, a Brunswick tradition, followed the official District flag ceremony.   


Brunswick 14 - Frederick National 6, Thurmont 11 - East Frederick 1, Frederick American 6 - Westmister 1, Thurmont 19 - Four County 0, Brunswick 11 - Frederick American 0, Frederick National 8 - Westminster 3, Brunswick - Thurmont 8, Frederick American 16 - Frederick National 15, Frederick American 8 - Thurmont 2, Brunswick 6 - Frederick American 2



Brunswick opened the Little League 11/12 State tournament in Waldorf with a 14 -1 thumping of District 6 champion Homerun Baker. The game was stopped after 4 innings due to the mercy rule. Brunswick had 16 hits including 6 doubles in the game. The Railroaders were led by 3 for 3 performance of Ryan CapstickCapstick had two singles and a double, scoring twice and driving in 3 runs. Daniel Patterson blasted a solo homerun in the third inning. On the mound, Jeremy Garrott went the first three innings allowing only one hit and striking out one. Patterson went the final inning in the shortened game. Brunswick now plays District 1 champion Conococheague on Sunday at 3pm.


Conococheague used a 6 run third inning to lift them to an 8-5 victory over Brunswick in second round play. Brunswick lead 3-2 at the time of the District 1 uprising. Brunswick recovered to score 2 more times but eventually fell by a final score of 8-5. They now fall into the losers bracket and face Rising Sun on Monday.


Brunswick whipped Rising Sun 14-2 to advance into the next round of the elimination bracket of the State tournament. Adam Fitzwater pitched a four inning one-hitter, striking out nine and walking one. Trailing by two, the Railroaders scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Doug Pearl went 3 for 3,,JT Bergman and Ryan Capstick had two hits each and Joe Rindone doubled. They play the winner of Davidsonville and West Salisbury on Tuesday at 9pm.


Brunswick's Tyler Heffner allowed 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings to lead Brunswick to a 3-0 victory over Davidsonville. Doug Pearl got the final ouit for the save. Brunswick had only 3 hits of thier own, but made them count as each runner scored on a passed ball.. Pearl doubled in the first and would score on a wild pitch to give Brunswick the early 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning Ryan Capstick and Daniel Patterson had singles. After a base on balls, two wild pitches brought in two more runs to give Brunswick a 3-0 lead. Brunswick now plays Hughesville who lost to Conococheague in the winjners bracket game.


The final elimination game between Brunswick and Hughesville was postponed because of rain. Brunswick was batting in the bottom of the first inning with a 5-3 lead when lightning strikes and a thunderstorm caused the umpires to pull the players from the field. The field was ruled unplayable. The game between the two teams will start over from the beginning on Thursday.


Brunswick lost to Hughesville 11-8, eliminating them from the State tornament one game short of a hoped for championship game rematch against Conococheague. Brunswick was down 11-1 going into the sixth inning, the only run scoring on a Joe Rindone solo homerun. The "never say die" Railroaders staged a stirring comeback, scoring 7 runs in thier final at bat, before the last out was made. Brunswick had five hits in the game, two coming from the bat of Ryan Capstick.

Maryland State Tournament 
Host - Waldorf (District 7)
At Stethem Park


Participating Teams
District 1 ChampionsConococheague (Williamsport)
District 2 ChampionsBrunswick Railroaders
District 4 ChampionsSouth Maryland (Davidsonville)
District 5 ChampionsRising Sun
District 6 ChampionsHome Run Baker (Trappe)
District 7 ChampionsHughesville
District 8 ChampionsWest Salisbury


Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
West Salisbury 3, Rising Sun 2
Conococheague 13, South Maryland 2 (4 innings)
Brunswick Railroaders 14, Home Run Baker 1 (4 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Hughesville 7, West Salisbury 2
Conococheague 8, Brunswick Railroaders 5

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
South Maryland 7, Home Run Baker 2 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Brunswick Railroaders 14, Rising Sun 2 (4 innings; elim.)
South Maryland 6, West Salisbury 5 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Conococheague 6, Hughesville 5

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Brunswick Railroaders 3, South Maryland 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Hughesville 11, Brunswick Railroaders 8 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Conococheague 8, Hughesville 1 (TITLE)

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