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• • 1971 • •

1971 AS
Bob Smith, Mgr.; Rolly Atkinson, CoachDuane Hess;  Steve Stone;  Dean Geiser; Todd Hammond;  Richard Mender;  Anthony Butler ; Anthony Weedon;  Doug Dailey; Gene Sappington;  Eddie Shafer;  Ivan Randolph;  Jay  Zimmerman;  Steve Smallwood;  Clenn Whims;  Ralph  Marsden 

July 26, 1971
LL Tourney Starts Today
District II Little League play begins today with three games scheduled in the county. In city a contest Sykesville is at East Frederick and Thurmont is hosted by the American Little League. In county action, Brunswick is at Emmitsburg. The defending state champion National Little League team will have a bye. The second round of the tournament is scheduled Wednesday and the final round Friday. The state tournament begins August 5 at Havre de Grace.

July 28, 1971
LL Tournament Continues Tonight
The National Little League will be at Thurmont and East Frederick at Brunswick in second round District II Little League action tonight at 6 p.m. Brunswick beat Emmitsburg 13-2, East Frederick beat Sykesville 2-0 while Thurmont edged the American League 5-4 Monday. The National League drew a bye.

July 29, 1971
Thurmont, Brunswick Win In LL Tourney
THURMONT - Thurmont advanced to the District II Little League final by whipping the
National Little League of Frederick, 4-2, Wednesday. Thurmont will now take on Brunswick for the title Friday evening. A coin toss will determine which team will be the host team. Brunswick blanked East Frederick, 9-0, to reach the final contest. Thurmont scored four single runs in four innings to keep the National League stars on the defensive. Thurmont scored in the first, taking advantage of two wild pitches and a passed ball. Thurmont's second run came in the third when Dave Powell cracked a single and advanced to second and third on a batter hit by a pitch and a walk. Powell then scored on an error by the National second baseman. Thurmont came back in the fourth with a run on a single by Rick Favorite and a double to deep leftfield by Terry Tressler. While Thurmont continued to score, Ken Sweeney was holding the National stars down to nothing. Sweeney worked the first 4 1-3 innings without giving up a run. Sweeney gave up a two run homer to Gene Sappington moments later with Anthony Butler aboard. Sweeney was then relieved by Tressler. Sweeney allowed two runs on two hits as he walked three and struck out five. Tressler didn't give up a run in giving up two hits. Duane Hess went the distance for the National League allowing four runs on six hits as he fanned nine and walked three. Thurmont scored its final run in the fifth as leadoff batter Dwayne Late belted a solo home run over the right field fence.

1971 - Oxon Hill
District 2 Champions
Brunswick Railroaders
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs Thurmont lost 4-2

DISTRICT ACTION BEGAN with East Frederick blanking Sykesville 2-0 on a two-run homer by Aaron Duckett. Thurmont downed the American League 5-4 as Kevin Long pitched a four hitter and knocked in the winning run and Brunswick routed Emmitsburg 13-2, on a six-hitter by Ron Gilbert. The defending state champion National League received a first round bye, but it did not help the city team as it lost to Thurmont, 4-2, in second round play. Meanwhile, Brunswick took advantage of 10 walks to down East Frederick 9-0. The two county teams met for the title with Thurmont hoping to win its first district title, but it was not to be. Brunswick clouted four home runs and routed Thurmont 13-3. Randy Derflinger hit a three-run shot in the first when Brunswick scored five times. Howard Taulton, Bernie Lipscomb and Jim Ayres also hit home runs. Brunswick advanced to the state tournament in Havre de Grace but lost to Hamilton 2-1 as the local team only managed three hits.

• • 1972 • •

1972 AS
Bob Smith, Mgr.; Gary Bowers, CoachDavid Barbeito; Blain Clem;  Patrick Cooney; James Dahlgren;  Michael Dutrow;  Dean Geiser; Edward Harmon Jr.;  David Harris; Kip Kepler; Merhl Murphy Jr.;  Christopher Randolph;  Mathew Rounsley;  Ronald Toms; Jay Zimmerman

July 14, 1972
District Little League play will follow the next week. The first three Little League games are scheduled July 24 with East Frederick at National, American at Sykesville and Emmitsburg at Thurmont. Defending district champion Brunswick draws a bye. The semi-finals are July 26 and the finals July 28. The state tournament will then be held the first week of August in Hagerstown. The local champion will open against the Washington, D.C. champ. This is the first year that Washington has entered a team in Maryland Little League competition.

July 19, 1972
National Stars Announced
The managers and coaches of the Frederick National Little League have selected the following players for this year's All-Star team: David Barbeito, Lions; Blain Clem, Lions; Patrick Cooney, N.E.C.A.; James Dahlgren, Civitans; Michael Dutrow, Optimist; Dean Geiser, Optimist; Edward Hanna Jr., N.E.C.A.; David Harris, N.E.C.A.; Kip Kepler, Civitans; Mehrl Murphy Jr., N.E.C.A.; Christopher Randolph; N.E.C.A.; Matthew Rounsley, Optimist; Ronald Toms, Lions; and Jay Zimmerman, Civitans. Alternate players selected are Michael Campbell, Optimist; Michael Hoffman, Civitans; and Todd Hammond, Optimist. The team will be managed by Robert Smith and coached by Gary Bowers.

July 25, 1972
Nats Win In LL Tourney
Three home runs and a near home run were the story as the National Little League and East Frederick Little League met in first round district play Monday at Staley Park. The National League used home runs to score five of its six runs in its 6-1 win. The East Frederick team did not have any home runs, but only because of a great catch by Merhl Murphy in the third inning to rob Keith Mason of a potential grand slam homer that could have changed the complexion of the game. The victory means that the National League will face the American League Wednesday at the AL Park. Murphy's catch came with two out in the inning, the bases loaded thanks to three walks by NL- pitcher Mike Dutrow and the NL leading 4-1.  Mason hit what appeared to be a home run to leftfield, only to have Murphy go back to the fence, put his glove up and snag the ball as it went over. After that Dutrow settled down and, although he allowed three more hits, blanked East Frederick the rest of the way. The National League began its home run barrage in the first inning when Jim Dahlgren, who has hit eight home runs this year, clouted a long homer over the centerfield fence. Then in the third the NL got to East Frederick pitcher Jeff Harding for three runs, two on a homer by Jay Zimmerman. The other run scored on a bases loaded single by Matt Rounsley. In the fifth, Rounsley hit a two-run homer over the centerfield fence to ice the win. The one homer matched his regular season output. Rounsley and Blain Clem each had two hits for the winners while Mike Selby and Dave Bind had two for the losers. Dutrow went the distance for  the win on a seven-hitter. He  walked five and fanned eight. Jeff Hardige walked five and fanned three as he also went the distance.

July 27, 1972
National Wins
The National Little League gained a chance to win its second state title in three years with a 4-2 win over the American Little League Wednesday at the AL park in district play. The victory means that the NL will meet Brunswick, a 10-3 winner over Thurmont Wednesday, for the district title Friday. The NL won the state title two years ago, but lost in the districts last year. Some good pitching by Chris Randolph and one big inning led the NL stars over the AL. Randolph pitched a three-hitter and fanned seven. He only walked two. His only bad inning was the fourth when the NL scored two runs on one hit and two NL errors. The big inning for the National League was the third when it scored three runs on four hits. The NL went into the third with a 1-0 lead when Pat Cooney singled, went to second on an error, third on a wild pitch and scored on an error. A long home run by Jim Dahlgren then made it 3-0 and a double by Matt Rounsley and single by Blain Clem led to the next run. The National League scored its first run in the first inning on singles by Dean Geiser and Mike Dutrow and two errors. The AL staged a comeback in the fourth when a walk, two errors and a single by Lotus Gadd produced two runs. In the sixth they had men on first and second with one out, but Randolph got the next two men. John McEntee pitched for the AL and did a good job. Except for the third, he only allowed one run and three hits. In the fifth, the NL loaded the bases against him with one out, but he fanned the next two batters.

July 27, 1972
NL Wins Toss
The National League will host Brunswick in the district Little League finals Friday at Staley Memorial Stadium. The site of the final game was decided by a coin toss Wednesday night.

July 29, 1972
Brunswick tops Nationals
Allen Gilbert turned in an extraordinary performance both on the mound and in the batter's box as he led the Brunswick Little League All-Stars to the District title with a 6-l victory over the Frederick's National League All- Stars at the NL Park. Brunswick will now travel to Halfway, which is located on the outskirts of Hagerstown, to meet the Washington Little Leaguers, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. in state Play. The husky Brunswick hurler scattered three hits, walked one and struck out fifteen National batters in an excellent job from the mound. Gilbert, who bats clean-up, also connected for two hits, including a two run home run in the first inning. "He pitched a very fine ball game," National head coach Robert Smith said. "Using a curve ball and mixing it in with his blazing fastball he kept our batters on their toes." Gilbert used a blazing fastball occasionally slipping in several off-speed breaking pitches. Brunswick jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning after Bernie Lipscomb reached on an error. Gilbert then blasted one of Jim Dahlgren's pitches over the right field fence. In the second inning Tim Jackson got an infield hit for Brunswick and this was followed with hit by Steve Dinterman. Mark Lewis then singled to right field scoring Jackson and on a throwing error by the Frederick's second baseman Dinterman scored. Doug Pearl then walked, advanced to second on a passed ball. He drew a wild throw which allowed him to hustle to third and then drew yet another wild throw that sent him sailing home for Brunswick's fifth run. The only run scored in the third inning came off the bat of Brunswick's Bernie Lips comb who drilled the ball over the left centerfield fence for the victor's sixth run. Meanwhile while the Brunswick hitters supplied all the scoring punch the team needed Gilbert blew the fastball past the National batters. Gilbert had retired nine batters in a row before he was tagged by Dahlgren for a home run which sailed over the left centerfield fence for the National's only tally. Dahlgren's blast traveled approximately 210 feet coming down near the Garst Paint building.

1972 - Hagerstown National
District 2 Champions
Brunswick Railroaders
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs East Frederick won 6-1
Frederick National vs Frederick American won 4-2
Frederick National vs Brunswick lost 6-1

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE used three home runs to down East Frederick 6-1 in first round play. John Dahlgren, Jay Zimmerman and Matt Rounsley clouted the home runs. Meanwhile, Merhl Murphy made a great catch to rob East Frederick's Keith Mason of a home run. The Frederick American League scored four times in the sixth to down Sykesville 4-2 and Les Fisher pitched a two-hitter as Thurmont blanked Emmitsburg, 6-0. Brunswick, which drew a first round bye, downed Thurmont 10-3 in second round play. Keith Sparrow pitched four innings of scoreless relief ball and Tim Jackson and Jim Wigfield each hit three-run homers. The Frederick Nationals advanced to the finals with a 4-2 win over the Frederick American as Chris Randolph pitched a three hitter and Dahlgren hit his second home run in two games. The title game was a familiar story. Brunswick, behind the three-hit pitching of Allen Gilbert, beat the Nationals 6-1. Gilbert and Lipscomb hit home runs as Brunswick won its sixth district title in seven years. Gilbert was at his best as Brunswick downed the Washington. D.C. Boys Club, 2-1 in the state opener at Halfway. The Brunswick pitcher hurled a no-hitter and fanned 12. Washington scored in the fifth on a walk, a bunt and two wild throws. The game was tied 1-1 going into the sixth when Lipscomb walked, went to third on two passed balls and scored on an infield grounder to the pitcher. Brunswick them met Harundale in second round play and the game was tied 3-3 going into the sixth. But Harundale scored five times in the top of the sixth to win, 8-3.

• • 1973 • •

1973 AS
Bob Smith, Mgr. ; Tom Ford, Leonard Nicodemus, CoachesDwayne Nicodoemus;  Kip Kepler; Kelvin Randall;  Pat Cooney; Mark Hoffman;  Mike Campbell ; Allan Eyler; Ronnie Stull;  Chris Randolph;  Milton Whims; Ronnie Toms; Roger Roat; Kevin Biddinger

Jul 21, 1973
Little League Teams Meet In District Play Monday
The Brunswick Little League All-Star team will be going after its third consecutive District 2 championship when the district tourney gets under way Monday. The seven all-star teams entered in the tourney represent Brunswick, Frederick (three teams-Frederick American, Frederick National and East Frederick) Thurmont, Sykesville and Emmitsburg. Brunswick has won six out of the last seven district crowns with the only loss, a 10-2 victory by Frederick National in 1970. In this year's opening round starting at 6 p.m., Monday, Brunswick will face Frederick, American at the Frederick American field in Baker Park. Thurmont will take on East Frederick at the East Frederick field and Sykesville will play Emmitsburg at Emmitsburg. Frederick National drew a first round bye. The tourney will continue Wednesday night and the district championship game will be played Friday. The sites will be determined when the participants are known. In last year's action, the Brunswick All-Stars won the district crown with a 6-1 victory over the Frederick National All-Stars. In the first game of the 1972 state championships held at Halfway, they defeated the Washington, D.C. Police Club No. 4, 2-1. But in their second game they were defeated by Harundale, 8-3. Harundale lost to the Hagerstown LL All-Star's in the state championship game. This year's district champs will go to the state championships in Prince Frederick, in Calvert County. The state champs will then go to the Eastern Regionals to be held the second week of August in Newark, N.J. There, 12 state champions and the New York City champions will vie for a place in the Little League World Series against the Western champs. The Little League World Series is held in Williamsport, Pa., during the week of Aug. 20.

July 26, 1973
Sykesville Beats National
SYKESVILLE — Jim Ridgley's continued power hitting streak and Jay Baer's five innings of excellent relief pitching Wednesday night lifted the Sykesville Little League All-Stars over Frederick National, 7-4. The win earns Sykesville a berth in the District 2 Championship game against East Frederick on Friday. The game will be played in Sykesville at 6 p.m. East Frederick earned a place in the championship game by swamping Frederick American 21-0 last night. Ridgley, which is now seven, for seven at the plate over the two tournament games, scored the game's winning run with a solo home run blast in the fifth inning. It was-his second four-bagger in as many tourney games. His other was a three run drive against Emmitsburg Monday. Jay Baer, who started the game behind the plate for Sykesville, replaced starting pitcher. Tony Trombetta with two out and one man on base in the second inning. Trombetta had given up five hits and three runs to. Frederick National up to that point. Baer struck out Kip Kepler to end the inning. After giving up one run on one hit in the next inning, Baer then pitched no-hit no-run ball for the remaining three innings. Sykesville started the game by putting its first six men on base in the first inning. Brian McGuire keyed that rally with a two run scoring single. Frederick National came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the first with two runs on three hits. Dwayne Nicodemus, who later scored on a passed ball, started the drive with a double. Frederick National continued to hit the ball sharply as it took the lead in the second inning on another two bagger by Nicodemus.

1973 - Hagerstown National
District 2 Champions
East Frederick
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs Frederick American won 5-4
Frederick National vs Thurmont lost 7-6

EAST FREDERICK HAD joined the area Little League program in 1963, but the city league had never won a district title. All that changed this year, thanks mainly to a pitcher named Don Boyd. Boyd was overpowering during the regular season, throwing seven no-hitters. In first round district play he threw his eighth no hitter as East Frederick dumped Thurmont 18-1. Boyd, who fanned 18, also hit two home runs in the game. Meanwhile, the Frederick American League upset Brunswick 7-2 with five runs in the fourth. Sykesville dropped Emmitsburg 11-2 as Jim Ridgely pitched a four-hitter. In second round play, East Frederick got its second straight good pitching performance as Danny Baugher pitched a one-hitter to lead his team to a 21-0 victory over the Americans. The one hit was a single by Mike Rinehart in the first inning. Baugher had four hits for East Frederick. Meanwhile. Sykesville downed the Nationals 7-4 thanks to good relief pitching by Jay Baer. Boyd was shaky in the title game as he allowed Sykesville to score five runs in the first inning on four walks, one hit and two errors. But East Frederick, which trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the fourth, scored three times in that inning to take the lead and the score never changed. Boyd finished with a two-hitter and fanned 15. The state tournament was at Salisbury and East Frederick called again on Boyd. He pitched a three-hitter and hit a home run, but East Frederick fell to West Salisbury, 4-1. Walks were the Frederick pitcher's demise. He issued five bases on balls and all were involved in runs. Tony Thomas had three of the four East Frederick hits.

• • 1974 • •

1974 AS
Bob Smith, Mgr. ;Tom Ford, CoachRonnie Stull;  Mike Dorsey; Dwayne Nicodoemus;  Terry Weedon; Keith Linton;  Mike Barnes;  Carl Soper;  Allan Eyler; Greg Routzahn;  Jay Walsh;  Mike Byrnes; Billy Winpigler; Larry James ; Mark Powell

July 25, 1974
National Wins
THURMONT – National’s Ron Stull ripped a two-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth and singled across the winning tally in the sixth to give the National Little League a come from behind 1-3 win over Thurmont in the District Little League semi-finals Wednesday night The Frederick team will meet Brunswick, a 5-2 winner over Frederick American Wednesday, at Staley Stadium on Friday. Held scoreless by Thurmont starter Jeff Downs over the first four innings, the National League took advantage of Downs' control problems to tie the score with three runs in the fifth Downs hit Bill Winpigler with a pitch to lead off the inning, then wild pitched him to third. Mike Byrnes then walked to put runners at the comers with one out. Downs then balked Winpigler in with the first run of the inning. Then Stull ripped a line shot straight over the centerfield fence at the 200 foot mark to knot the score. Jay Walsh led off the National sixth with a single and Alan Eyler was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base after two men were out. Then Stull hit a line drive up the right field line to score Walsh with the winning run. Thurmont had jumped on top with two runs in the first inning as Jeff Brubaker doubled across Tom Meunier and later scored on an error. Terry Weedon went the first four and one third innings for National, but left with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. Dwayne Nicodemus then came on to set down the last two men in the fifth and retired the side in order in the sixth for a brilliant relief effort to gain the win. Weedon walked two and fanned eight. Nicodemus fanned three of the five batters to face him including the last two men of the sixth Downs started very strong and retired the first seven men in a row But he got into trouble in the third and fourth innings, but thanks to some good fielding held National scoreless until the fifth But he tired in the fifth and gave way to Knott who finished up and took the loss.

July 25, 1974
At National
The Frederick National League will host Brunswick in the District Little League Championship game Friday at 6 p.m. district administrator Emory V. Frye said Wednesday. A coin flip decided the site. The rain date is Saturday.

July 27, 1974
Brunswick Wins LL Title
Brunswick left little doubt Friday that it has the kind of hitters that can give a Little League pitcher fits. The National League used three against them in the District 2 Little League Championship game at Staley Stadium and none were real effective Brunswick got 11 hits and 13 runs nine en route to a 13-7 win over the Frederick team and a berth in the Regional Little League Tournament next Tuesday at Thurmont. They will meet the District 3 champion at 6 pm. The winners also took advantage of three National Little League errors and seven walks as they scored in every inning. But despite their potent bats, Brunswick never really took command of the game until the sixth inning when it scored four runs to take 13-7 lead. At one time they led 9 3, but the National batters scored four runs in the fifth to cut the margin to two runs. But Nationals hopes for a win all but evaporated when Keith Riland hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth and two more Brunswick runs scored on a pair of walks and a single Ken Foltz was the individual start of the game at the plate he had three hits, including two doubles, and scored a pair of runs He found himself on the pitcher’s mound in the fifth after Keith Linton hit a three-run homer for the National League. Foltz struck out the next two men to retire the side and then retired the side in order in the sixth. When Ron Stull popped to first to end the game the Brunswick fans came pouring out onto the field while the Frederick fans left quietly. The National League batters also showed a good deal of potency with seven runs and seven hits.

1974 - Elkton Community
District 2 Champions
Brunswick Railroaders
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs East Frederick won 11-2
Frederick National vs Thurmont won 4-3
Frederick National vs Brunswick lost 13-7

EAST FREDERICK, minus Boyd, fell to the National League 11-2 in first round district play. Terry Weedon pitched a three hitter. Meanwhile, the Frederick Americans beat Sykesville 9-2 as Jerry Baker drove in four runs, and Brunswick romped over Emmitsburg 15-1 as Mark Ridgely hit two home runs. In second round play, Ron Stull led the Nationals to a narrow 4-3 win over Thurmont. It was a tough loss for Thurmont, which was playing host to the state tournament and had drawn a first round bye. Stull hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the fifth and then singled over the winning run in the sixth. Brunswick downed Frederick American 5-2 as Joey Gabbert pitched a four-hitter and fanned 11. Ken Foltz pitched strong relief ball and had three hits as he led Brunswick to a 13-7 win over the Nationals in the district finals. The National League made three errors and allowed seven walks. Brunswick opened state tournament play at Thurmont with an 8-7 win over Forrest Park. The Baltimore team led 6-2 after two innings, but Brunswick scored the winning run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Joey Gabbert. Forrest Park looked like it might win the game in the sixth. With the score tied and a man on second, a Forrest Park batter hit a single to right. The man on second tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate by John Cooper. Foltz had three hits and allowed only one run in 4 2/3 innings of relief. But in second round play, Elkton edged Brunswick 3-2. The game ended when Brunswick's Todd Smith tried to score from first on a double by Cooper in the sixth. He was thrown out at home for the final out of the game.

• • 1975 • •

1975 AS
Bob Smith, Mgr., Tom Ford, CoachAnthony Brown; Jay Walsh; Mike Dorsey; Tommy Disque; Mike Burns; Jody Campbell; Larry James; Quenton Smith; Danny Bittle; David Gross; Andy Merhl; Marty Miller; Ronnie Gartrell; Brian Atkinson

July 19, 1975
District LL tournament set to open
The District Little League tournament gets underway next Monday with three games scheduled. In Monday's quarter-finals, Sykesville will be at Emmitsburg, Frederick National at East Frederick, and Brunswick at American. All games start At 6 p.m. Thurmont drew a bye in Monday's first round and will meet the Emmitsburg-Sykesville winner in the semi-finals Wednesday. The other Wednesday semi-final game will pit the winner of the National-East Frederick game against the Brunswick-American winner. The finals will be held on Friday. The team rosters for each of the local participating teams are: NATIONAL: Anthony Brown, Jay Walsh, Mike Dorsey, Tommy Disque,  Mike Burns, Jody Campbell, Larry James, Quentin Smith, Danny Bittle, David Gross, Andy Mehl, Marty Miller, Ronny Gartrell, Brian Atkinson, Manager — Bob Smith, Coach—Tom Ford.

July 22, 1975
NL, AL, Sykesville win in district LL tourney
In a surprisingly low-scoring game, the Frederick National League downed East Frederick 2-0 in first-round district Little League action Monday. The National League will now host the Frederick American, a 4-3 winner over Brunswick Monday, in semi-final action Wednesday. Both teams went into the game with reputations as good hitting squads, but there were only eight hits in the game, four by each team. Mike Dorsey went the distance for the National League while Kevin Grossnickle and Rick Groff combined on a two-hitter for East Frederick. The difference in the game was fielding. East Frederick made six errors that led to both National League runs while the winners did not make an error. Shortstop Andy Brown especially looked good in the field for the National League as he sucked up every ball that came his way just like a vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt. The National League scored its first run in the first inning on three errors and a hit. The run scored on an error They added their final run in the third on another three-error, one-hit inning. Once again the run scored on an error. Dorsey was in trouble only in the fourth inning when a single by Elmer Smallwood and a double by Groff put men on second and third with one out. Dorsey got the next man to pop up, walked Grossnickle to load the bases, and then fanned the next man. Grossnickle went the first four innings for East Frederick and was charged with all the hits and runs Groff fanned the side in the fifth. Dan Bittle got a double for the winners.

July 24, 1975
National, Sykesville advance to LL finals
Frederick National's Quint Smith belted a grand slam homer in the sixth inning while teammate Larry James hurled a two-hitter to lead their team to a 12-0 romp over Frederick American at Staley field Wednesday in District Little League play. The win sends National into the District II Little League championship Friday against Sykesville at National's field. The Carroll County team beat Thurmont 3-2 Wednesday. "The boys can really hit," said National manager Bob Smith after the game. "I have been emphasizing hitting throughout all of our games, and it has been paying off. We even took batting practice for two hours solid." "We have at least five or six guys that are capable of hitting homers," the Frederick National mentor continued. "Most of our players were making good solid contact with the ball." National got all the runs it needed in the second inning on a run-scoring double by Jay Walsh and a solo homer by James. Mike Dorsey blasted a homer for the winners in the fifth to make it 3-0. Then in the sixth inning, National opened fire on American with a nine-run assault that sent American starter Paul Post from the mound. Post was relieved from the mound after being tapped for four unearned runs, leaving American trailing 7-0. He was replaced by Brian Smith, who pitched the remainder of the game. But Smith received a rude welcome — a walk, two singles, and the grand slam homer by Smith. The losers threatened in four of the six innings, but were unable to score. James gained the win on the mound for Frederick National, hurling a one-hitter while fanning 12 batters, and walking three. "We've had two good games from both of our pitchers," Smith continued. "They pitched a fine game." Smith led the Frederick National hitting attack. He collected a pair of hits, including his grand-slammer in the sixth Dorsey and Anthony Brown each tallied two hits also, with one of Dorsey's raps being his homer. Post suffered the loss for Frederick American. During his stint on the mound, he gave up six hits while striking out three, and walking only one. Meanwhile, Smith gave up four hits, fanned one and walked only one. Mullican bagged the only hit for Frederick American.

July 26, 1975
Little League advances to state
Frederick National combined the one-hit relief pitching of Mike Dorsey with four solid home runs to defeat a scrappy Sykesville team 7-3 Friday to win the district Little League finals at Staley Stadium. The victory means that Frederick will now advance to the state tournament at Hamilton Park in Baltimore, Tuesday. They will play Reisterstown, District III winner, at 2 p.m. Tuesday in a division I state tournament game. At 6 p.m. the District I and District V winners will play. The winners of the two games will play for the division title Wednesday at 6 p.m. The division winner will then play the Division II winners Saturday at Maryland City near Fort Meade. Dorsey relieved starter Andy Brown to begin the second inning. He pitched five innings, walked one, struck out eight, and gave up only one hit. He was in trouble only in the third when Sykesville scored its run and in the sixth when he hit two batters. He got the final batter on a ground out. The only hit off him came in the fifth on a double by Dave Novak. But he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. National got off to a roaring start in the very first inning when Jay Walsh crashed Novak's second pitch for a home run. Then Dorsey hit the very next pitch deep in the trees in right field to give Frederick a 2-0 lead. Sykesville came right back in its half of the first with two runs to tie the game on a walk, a sacrifice, an error, and a base hit by Mark Wooleyhand. National promptly scored two runs of its own in the second. Mike Byrnes led off with a double and Dan Bittle followed with a two-run homer. National scored again in the third. With a one out walk, Tom Disque greeted relief pitcher Scott King with a double to drive in Quint Smith who had walked. Sykesville scored an unearned run in their half of the third on two errors, a walk, and a ground ball off the bat of Wooleyhand. Frederick made it 6-3 in the fifth on a walk, a single by smith, and a fielder's choice. The final Frederick run came in the sixth on a leadoff homer by Byrnes. Dave Novak started for Sykesville, He gave up five runs on five hits, walked one, and struck out two. King relieved in the third. He allowed two runs on three hits, walked one, and struck out six. To get to Hamilton Park take the Baltimore Beltway to exit 32 (Bel Air Rd.). Bear right and go three traffic lights to Taylor Ave. Turn right on Taylor Avenue and proceed a mile to Moyer Road at the Maryland School for the Blind and a cemetery. Turn left at Moyer Road and the park is there.

July 29, 1975
National League keeps on winning
THE FREDERICK NATIONAL Little League all-star team has a problem, but it's the type of problem any sports team would like to have. Because of bad weather the league had not been able to hold its regular season playoffs to decide a league champion. League officials had planned to hold the playoffs as soon as they were eliminated from last week's district tournament. But the National League won Monday, then won Wednesday and then won again Friday to capture the district crown. Now they go to the state tournament today at 2 p.m. at Hamilton Park in Baltimore. If they continue to win, league officials may be unable to schedule the playoffs until September. But they don't mind. "I can't say when the league playoffs will start," NL president Jim Walsh said Friday following the title game. "But I don't mind delaying them for this reason." THE NATIONAL LEAGUE started the week by beating East Frederick 2-0 and then downed the American League 12-0. They won the title with a 7-3 victory over Sykesville. It was the first district crown for Bob Smith who had been head coach for the last five years. 'Yes I was surprised we won," he said Friday. "During practice these kids just don't show the enthusiasm that some of my former players have. But the day of the game they all come to play ball. And they listen right well." The National League pitching was very strong last week with two shutouts. For anyone who followed the league during the regular season this must have been something of a surprise since the NL was known for its hitting. It wasn't unusual to see a team score 20 runs a game. "Actually the pitching didn't surprise me," Smith said. "Two of my pitchers, Larry James and Mike Dorsey, both saw action in the,, district tournament last year and the experience helped. The regular season statistics were misleading because Dorsey didn't pitch that much." Both Dorsey and James pitched shutouts during the districts. Dorsey also pitching five innings of one-hit, one run ball in the title game. Smith said his hitting has been good, but refused to say it's the best he's ever had. However, he did praise the defense. "It has been superb," he said. THE NATIONAL LEAGUE has gone to the state tournament before. In the 1950's they came within one game of advancing to the Little League World Series. In 1970 they won the state tournament beating Fruitland 7-3 in Ocean City. Then went to the Eastern Regionals in Eastchester, New York, but, they lost to Vermont 9-2 in their regional opener. They won three of four consolation games including revenge victory over Vermont. This year's Regionals are three games away and Smith is only thinking of the state tournament. They first must best Reisterstown today. If they win, they would then play Wednesday in a semi-final game and if they win again Saturday in the state championships in Maryland City Saturday.

July 30, 1975
Nationals fall in state tourney
BEL AIR - Five National Little League errors helped Reisterstown to a 7-2 victory over the Frederick team in the opening round of the Section I State Little League Tournament Tuesday at Hamilton Park. Reisterstown only had one earned run in the game, that a home run by John Antonelli in the fifth inning. Larry James pitched a seven-hitter for the National League and only walked two. Dave Bosley was the winning pitcher. He went the distance on an eight hitter. Frederick scored its first run in the opening inning on an error and singles by Andy Brown and Quint Smith. But Reisterstown came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed. They made it 5-1 with three more runs in the third and scored the final two runs in the fifth. Frederick scored a run in the fourth on an error, fielder’s choice and a wild pitch. The National League team had several opportunities to score more runs, but left eight men on base. Andy Brown had two hits for the losers. He had a double and a single while Mike Dorsey had a double.

1975 - Harundale (Glen Burnie)
District 2 Champions
Frederick National
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs East Frederick won 2-0
Frederick National vs Frederick American won 12-0
Frederick National vs Sykesville won 7-3
State Tournament
Frederick National vs Reisterstown lost 7-3

DISTRICT PLAY OPENED WITH the Frederick American League beating Brunswick 4-3 as Dwayne Cramer hit a home run for the winners. It was a rare early tournament loss for Brunswick. They had dominated Little League play for most of the 1960's and early l970, but starting in 1975 that domination would end. In other first, round district play, the National League beat East Frederick 2-0 on Mike Dorsey's four-hitter and Sykesville scored five runs in the third to edge Emmitsburg. 7-4. The Nationals coasted to a 12-0 win over the Americans in second round play. Larry James allowed the losers only two hits. Quint Smith had a grand slam home run while James and Dorsey also hit home runs. Meanwhile. Sykesville edged Thurmont 3-2 on a five-hitter by Jim Huff. Dorsey pitched five innings of one-hit ball in relief as the Nationals downed Sykesville 7-3 for the district title. Jat Walsh, Dan Bittle, Mike Byrnes and Dorsey hit home runs for the winners. But the Nationals' hot bats were stopped in first round action of the state tournament as they fell to Reisterstown. 7-3.

• • 1976 • •

1976 AS
Robert Smith, Mgr. ,Tom Ford, CoachCharles Graham; Mark Nicodemus; David Winpigler Jr.; Ronald Winpigler; Charles Dorsey; Thomas   McLaughlin; Brian Atkinson; Eric Eichelberger; Jeff Rinehart; Dwayne Watts; Bruce Ford; Doug Fossett; Danny Wood

July 17, 1976
The Little Leaguers are the next in line to start when the District tournament begins with three games on July 26. In those opening round games, Emmitsburg travels to Sykesville, Frederick American visits Thurmont, and Brunswick hosts East Frederick. Frederick National draws a bye. That tournament continues with semi-final games on Wednesday and the championship game on Friday. The winner will advance to the State tournament in Hagerstown.

July 28, 1976
In Little League action. East Frederick will host Sykesville and Frederick National will host Thurmont in the semi-finals. East Frederick nipped Brunswick 15-13 in opening round action Monday while Sykesville routed Emmitsburg 15-0. Thurmont pounded Frederick American 11-3 in the only other Monday game, while Frederick National drew a bye. The winners of tonight's game will advance to the finals on Friday. The Friday winner will move on to the state tournament in Hagerstown.

July 29, 1976
National Advances
Strong relief pitching by Chuck Graham, three home runs, and some untimely Thurmont errors gave Frederick National a 7-3 win over Thurmont in second round action of the District II Little League Tournament Wednesday at Frederick. Frederick, the defending district champion, now plays Sykesville in the finals Friday at 6 p.m. at Frederick. A coin flip was held after Frederick's win to decide the site of the title game. Graham entered the game under the most difficult of circumstances, with the bases loaded and only one out in the fourth inning. Frederick was leading 5-2 at the time, but Thurmont was in a great position to change that. But Graham struck out the first man he faced, then, after passed ball let in a run, he caught the next Thurmont batter looking at a called third strike to end the inning. Graham only allowed a harmless single over the final two innings. He fanned seven of the nine men he faced in his relief stint. Two of the three home runs came in the third inning. Chuck Dorsey led off the inning with a home run to center and, two outs later, Tom McLaughlin hit one to left. In the sixth inning Doug Fossett hit National's third home run. All came with the bases empty. The winners took advantage of Thurmont mistakes in the first two innings to take an early 3-0 lead. They scored twice in the first inning on a hit batsman, double by Graham and two Thurmont errors. The Nationals made it 3-0 when they scored in the second on a walk, passed ball and an error. After the two homers made it 5-0, Thurmont came back with two runs in the bottom of the third on singles by Mike Bradshaw and Rod Grimes and three Frederick National errors. Then, in the fourth, two walks and a single loaded the bases before Graham came to the rescue.

July 31, 1976
Sykesville Little League Winners
A late sixth inning rally by Frederick National was halted by Dave Novak as Sykesville defeated the locals 9-7 for the District II Little League title in a rain-delayed game at Staley Park Friday evening. The win sends Sykesville into the Western Maryland Sectional Tournament at Hagerstown's Staley Field Wednesday, and marks the first time in over 15 years that Frederick County has not had a representative go to the State Tournament. After falling behind 9-4 going into the top of the sixth inning, Frederick National began its short-lived rally. The lead-off batter fanned, but Chuck Graham, Joe Campbell, and Tom McLaughlin singled to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Graham to score from third while Campbell and McLaughlin advanced to third and second respectively. Dwayne Watts then singled in Campbell and McLaughlin to close the gap to two runs, 9-7. Sykesville's starting pitcher Jim Huff was then relieved by Novak, who fanned the next two batters giving Sykesville the District II crown. Frederick National drew first blood. With two men out in the top of the second inning, McLaughlin blasted a two-run homer to give Frederick National an early 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning, Sykesville's Phil Poblett hit a grand slam homer while singles by Jim Huff and three Frederick National errors enabled the Carroll County team to score an additional three runs. Suddenly, Frederick National's 2-0 lead had suddenly become a 7-2 deficit. The locals closed the gap somewhat in the top of the fourth when McLaughlin drew a walk with the bases loaded while Watts grounded out to first to score a run from third. Sykesville still held the lead, however, 7-4. In the bottom of the fifth Poblett and Mark Martin hit back-to-back solo homers. Brian Atkinson started out on the hill for Frederick National, but was relieved in the third by Mike Nicodemus, who finished the game. The pitching duo gave up seven hits, fanned seven, and walked only one. Graham, Campbell, and McLaughlin paced the Frederick National hitting attack with each getting a pair of safeties.

1976 - Hagerstown West End
District 2 Champions
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs Thurmont won 7-3
Frederick National vs Sykesville lost 9-7

FOR THE FIRST TIME in 15 years a county team failed to win the district title. Instead, Sykesville, the only non-county team in the district, captured the crown. In first round action, East Frederick beat Brunswick 5-3 on a two-run homer by Skip Wastler in the top of the sixth. Thurmont downed the Americans 11-1 on a six-hitter by Mark Campbell and Sykesville held Emmitsburg to one hit in a 15-4 win. In second round play, Frederick National dropped Thurmont 7-3 as Chuck Graham hurled 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief ball and Chuck Dorsey, Tom McLaughlin and Doug Fossett clouted home runs. Sykesville easily beat East Frederick l1-2 as Ed Mullet held the local team to one hit Sykesville had outscored its opponents 33-1 in the first two district games. The district title game was closer, but Sykesville won 9-7 over Frederick National. The Nationals trailed 9-3 going into the top of the sixth. The county team scored four runs, but Dave Nobak came in to pitch and fanned the final two batters to end the game.

August 3, 1976
ROLLY ATKINSON HAS been a manager and a coach in the National Little League for 16 years, but this year, his last, has been one he would rather forget. First, he was ejected from a game for the first time, second he was hit in the eye by a ball and third his NECA team did not win the league championship for the first time in five years. Atkinson, one of the deans of little league managers, was even late to last Wednesday's district games with Thurmont. He doubles as groundskeeper and should have been at the game an hour before it began. "I got tied up at work," he said as he walked up the steps to the press box. He carried a bicycle up with him. An avid cyclist, he feels the bike is too valuable to be left out in the open. "Fortunately my wife laid out the base paths for me. Otherwise, the field would not have been ready." Atkinson sat down in the press box and stared out at the field. He yelled when a National League player hit a home run and was very quiet when his son came to the plate. In between action he talked about his long service hi the National Little League. * * * "I FIRST GOT INVOLVED in the Little League as an umpire," he said. "After the games I would stay with the kids and work with them. Then NECA manager Tom Bailey asked if I would like to be a coach. Two years later he retired and I took over as manager. 'You know in those days it was a rule that a coach's son would automatically play for his father's team. A lot of managers picked their coaches that way. My son Rollie was a pretty hot prospect in those days and I always wondered if that was why Bailey asked me to coach. I asked him about that several times, but he never answered me. Atkinson's tenure as Little League manager has been a rather successful one to say the least. His teams won nine Little League titles including four straight until this year. He also managed the National League All-Stars for six or seven years and once took them to the state finals. "We lost 1-0 to a team from outside of Baltimore," he said. "The first got up, hit a home run and our pitcher allowed one hit after that. But we couldn't score. "But I stopped coaching the all-stars about four or five years ago because I never really believed in the districts. For instance the all-stars that lost in first round play Friday practiced for several weeks just to play six innings of baseball. That doesn't seem right. That's one of the reasons I favor this Frederick City Little League Tournament. It gives the leagues something extra to work for." Atkinson said he would also like to see the district tournaments become double elimination. "There are something like 10,000 Little Leagues teams and only two advance to the World Series," he said. "That means the chances of a team going to the World Series is something like 5,000 to one. And many times I feel some of the top teams are eliminated early in the tournament." DURING HIS TENURE ATKINSON has seen many changes. The biggest of course has been the decision to allow girls to participate in the tournament. There has also been the introduction of aluminum bats (the sound of which Atkinson will never get used to). Atkinson said the players are more skillful today mainly because of the growth of the minor league. "But unfortunately they players stop after the Little Leagues or one year of Babe Ruth." Atkinson has also been disappointed in the crowds at the games in recent years. There were only several hundred on hand for Wednesday's district game. "I remember when they use to cram in every corner of the park for district games," he said, "but not anymore." * * * * ATKINSON'S final years have been hectic ones. He was ejected for the first time in his career. "We were playing the Civitans, our biggest rivals.” Atkinson said. "It was a wild game, one that was delayed by rain. The fans were very vocal and they seemed to be getting to the umpire. "Early in the game the Civitans manager was thrown out. Then during one inning we sent three men to the plate. One reached base, but the other two were out. When the second out was made the umpire indicated the inning was over. He soon corrected himself. At the end of the inning I went up to him and suggested he get the game under control. He was very nice and apologized for his error about the number of outs. I said it was just a case of simple arithmetic and suddenly he threw me out. The news of my ejection spread very quickly and we had our largest crowd of the season at our final two games. ~ Late in the year Atkinson was injured while pitching batting practice. A ball hopped off the ground and hit him in the eye. "It knocked me out for a second," he said. "I was bleeding very badly. I suffered a contusion and was under a doctor's care for about a month." Atkinson intends to remain with the league as groundskeeper. He said one day he might even return to manage. "It gets in your blood," he concluded.

• • 1977 • •

1977 AS
Gene Rolls, Mgr.,  Tom Ford, Coach - Audrey Byrnes; Wayne Custer;  Bruce Ford; Doug Fossett; John Giles; Chuck Graham; Dale Herbert; Lonny Krantz; Steve Mossberg; Jeff Rinehart; Kevin Smith; Darin Stone; Charlie Watts ; Ronnie Winpigler

July 22, 1977
District Little League Monday's opening round Frederick National at Frederick American, 6 p.m. Brunswick at East Frederick, 6 p.m. Thurmont at Emmitsburg

July 27, 1977
American, E. Frederick, Thurmont LL teams win
Paul Utt pitched a four-hitter and three American Little League batters smashed home runs as the AL downed the Frederick National Little League 10- 3 in first round action of the district Little League Tournament at the winners' home field. The win means the American League will host defending district champion Sykesville tonight at 6 p.m. Sykesville drew a first round bye. The winner of tonight's game will advance to the district finals Friday. The ten runs and three home runs were nothing unusual for the American League which has had the best hitting attack of any Little League in the area this year. Rodney Young hit a three-run homer over the centerfield in the third inning. Ricky Winpigler hit a solo shot deep over the leftfield fence in the fourth and Utt a home run to left-center to lead off the fifth. Utt was in command most of the way and was backed by some excellent fielding by his teammates. Shortstop Troy Wilson pulled off two good plays in the early innings. The AL only had three errors compared to seven for the National Little League and the winners showed good baseball sense in the field. Utt's only bad inning was the fifth when he allowed three runs on four hits. The American League made two if its errors in the inning. Young was the hitting hero for the winners with three hits and four runs. He also scored the first run of the game in the second inning when he singled and eventually scored on an error. The AL made it 4-0 with three runs in the third, all on Young's home run. Winpigler's home run in the fourth made it 5-0. Then in the fifth they scored five runs on four hits and three National League errors. Utt's home run accounted for the first run. Singles by Wilson, Young and Matt Danner, a walk and three errors produced the other runs. The NL scored its runs on a double by Bruce Ford, a single by John Giles, two errors and a ground out Doug Fossett and Jeff Rinehart pitched for the Nationals.

1977 - Harundale (Glen Burnie)
District 2 Champions
Frederick American
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs Frederick American lost 11-8

THE AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE had started its district play back in 1956, but in all those years had been unable to win a district title. This year that would change. The Americans opened district play with an easy 10-3 win over Sykesville.  Paul Utt pitched a four-hitter and along with Rodney Young and Rick Winpigler hit home runs Meanwhile, Thurmont beat Emmitsburg 7-5 with two runs in the sixth and Mark Everly hurled a five-hitter as East Frederick beat Brunswick 4-2, the third year the southern county team had been eliminated in the first round The Americans then scored three runs in the sixth to beat the Nationals 11-8 in second round play. Rodney Young hit a home run for the winners. Meanwhile, Everly drove in seven runs, three with a home run as East Frederick downed Thurmont. 14-4 The Frederick American League then proceeded to win its first title beating East Frederick 12-9. Trailing 9-6 going into the sixth inning, the Americans scored three times to tie the game A two-run homer by Robbie Naylor made it 9-9 Then the AL scored three times in the seventh for its first title. The state tournament was played in Hagerstown and the Americans were matched against host Hagerstown Nationals The game was close but Hagerstown scored the winning run in the top of the sixth and won despite a two-run homer by Utt.
• • 1978 • •

1978 AS
Wayne Whipp,  Mgr.
Don Albaugh, Coach

Mike Fritz
Eric Stull
Steve Mossburg
Wayne Finley
Eric Smith
Doug DeGrange
Darren Stone
Dale Herbert
John Giles
Jerry Wachter
Jay Fossett
Charles Watts
Todd Albaugh
Mitch Tyeryar

July 24, 1978
Six Little League games slated today
Today marks the start of a very busy two weeks in area Little League baseball. Next week the state Little League tournament will be held at East Frederick. In today's districts, defending champion Frederick American is at Thurmont, East Frederick at Frederick National, Middletown at Sykesville and Emmitsburg at Brunswick. All games start at 8 p.m. The winners play again Wednesday with the championship game on Friday. This marks the first time in recent years that eight teams have been involved in the districts. Middletown joined as the eighth team this year.

July 25, 1978
AL, NL, Middletown, Brunswick gain
Wayne Finley tossed a five-hitter and Eric Smith drove in three runs at the Frederick National League beat East Frederick 6-l at Staley Stadium. Smith clouted a two-run homer in the second inning and then had a sacrifice fly in a four-run third as the NL All-Stars got to East Frederick pitcher Greg Thrasher for tit runs and five of their eight hits in those two innings. But it was the pitching of the fast balling Finley that highlighted the game. He started out like the next Walter Johnson fanning the first six men he faced including the first two on six pitches. He ran into trouble in the third and fourth innings, but fanned four men in the final two innings while only giving up one hit. Thanks to a single by Steve Mossburg, and Smith's home run deep over the center field fence, the Nationals enjoyed a 2-0 lead going into the top of the third. But EF's Chris Chaney singled up the middle and went to second on an error. He advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and came home on a wild pitch. Ronnie Gadd then singled and went to third on a double by Phil Selby. But a bunt by Jeff Phebus resulted in an out at the plate and Thrasher grounded out to end the threat. But in the bottom of the third the Nationals scored four times on three hits and two East Frederick errors. An error and walk put men on first and second with one out. Finley then hit a ground rule double to score the first run of the inning and Steve Mossburg singled for the second. On Mossburg's single Finley was able to score on a bad throw to the plate. The final run scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith. But Finley looked like he might not hold the lead as two walks and a single loaded the bases with none out in the fourth.

July 27, 1978
NL, Brunswick gain district LL finals
Frederick National blanked Middletown 13-0, Wednesday night, and moved into the finals of the District 2 Little League tournament behind the three-hit pitching of Darrin Stone. The city team will travel to Brunswick Friday night for the championship game at 6 p.m. Brunswick advanced to the title contest with a 10-2 rout of Frederick American Wednesday. Stone, a lefthander, was in control from start to finish as he allowed only one runner past second base all evening and struck out seven while walking just two. Mixing a big breaking curve with a good fastball, Stone constantly had Middletown batters off-balanced and swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. Stone got 12-hit backing, including two-run home runs by Wayne Finley and Charles Watts. Finley got National on the board in the first inning with his two-run clout with one out. Three consecutive singles by Dale Herbert, Larry Bowens, and Mitch Tyeryar with one out in the second started a three-run rally that was aided by two Middletown errors. Watts made it 7-0 in the third and the National squad kept plugging away at Middletown starter Mark Miller. After Watts' homer and a pitch out of the strike zone to the next batter, Miller was pulled in favor of Craig Bidle. A two-out double by Steve Mossburg plated the eighth run of the game in the fourth inning and National left little doubt with a five-run uprising in the fifth, highlighted by run scoring hits by DeGrange, Stone, and Finley. Watts and Herbert both matched Finley's two-hit outing while Pete Aaslestad, Brad Ahalt, and Miller had Middletown's only hits. The closest Middletown came to scoring was in the first inning when they got runners as far as second and third with one out. But Stone got out of the inning with a popup and a ground out. Middletown again stranded two runners in the second, but had only two others the remainder of the game as Stone got stronger as the game progressed. The lefty retired nine of the final ten batters to face him, including five on strikeouts.

August 1, 1978
State Little League play opens Wednesday
For the first time since the late 1980’s the State Little League Tournament will be held in Frederick City. The East Frederick Little League will be the host with all games being played in Max Kehne Park. Two games will be played on Wednesday. A single game Thursday and the championship game Saturday. The first two days will only involve the four teams from Section I of the state. The three other Maryland districts, along with a team from Washington D.C. and that tournament is being held elsewhere. But both sectional winners will meet Saturday in Frederick for the state title. In action Wednesday, Baltimore will meet Elkton at 2 pm and Frederick National faces Hagerstown 5:30 p.m. Thursdays game is  at 5:30 p.m. with the title game on  Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The last time the tournament was held in Frederick City was in 1958 and Frederick National hosted the event. In 1968 it was  held in Brunswick and Hagerstown won the tournament and went to the World Series. In 1974 the Section I part of the tournament was held in Thurmont. The reason the tournament has not been held in Frederick City for such a long time was because until a few years ago there was only one tournament and it had to be split among all the districts, according to area district chairman Emory Frye. But when the energy crisis became a problem the state was split into two sections in the early 1970’s. Now the tournament is set up so that a District will host at least part of the state tournament every four years. Frye said that Sykesville had originally requested the state tournament, but he turned them down because they had a new league president. He then turned to the East Frederick League because he felt league president George May was quite capable of handling such it tournament. "He is one of my better league presidents and I thought I would offer him the tournament as a reward," Frye said, May said he originally thought about hosting a state tournament back in the early 1960's, but felt he did not have the proper facilities. In the early 1970's, the league moved into the new Max Kehne Park, but May said the facilities still were not good enough. Then two years ago a press box was built along with a concession stand. Last week an electric Scoreboard was installed. "I think we are capable of holding it now," he said. "We now have the proper facilities." May said the city is hopefully bringing in about six sets of bleachers to go with the two the league has. Fans will also be allowed to sit along the bank. The Little League, like the area Babe Ruth League, will follow the foster parent plan to house players. However, three of the four teams involved in the sectionals will commute. Only the Elkton team will stay overnight. There are 14 boys on the team and accommodations have been found for them for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Section I winner will be housed in Frederick, Friday night. But because Babe Ruth teams will be arriving Friday for the 13-15-year old Regionals scheduled to start in Frederick Saturday, May is having problems finding homes for the players on Friday night. There will be no admission charged to the tournament, but donations will be accepted.

August 3, 1978
National ousted from LL tourney
A five-run third inning by Hagerstown American and some poor base running by Frederick National in the fifth inning gave the Hagerstown team a 7-4 win over Frederick in  Section I Little League semifinal game Wednesday at the East Frederick Field. Hagerstown will now meet Elkton an 11-5 winner over Baltimore in Wednesday’s other semifinal game, today at 5:30 pm for the sectional title. The Section I winner than faces the Section II winner Saturday 2:30 p.m. at East Frederick for the State title. The top of the fifth was the turning point of the game. Frederick came into the inning trailing 7-3. But after the first man grounded out, two walks and a single by Wayne Finley loaded the bases. Charles Watts then singled to center to drive in one run. But Finley, who was on second, tried to score on the play and was thrown out. Don Rowland, the Hagerstown catcher, then noticed Steve Mossburg, who had been on first, trying to go to third on the throw home. Rowland threw a perfect strike to third and Mossburg was tagged out to complete the double play and end the threat. "What helped cost us the game was a couple of mental errors on the bases in the fifth inning," NL manager Wayne Whipp said "He (Finley) thought he could make it." "But I don't want to take anything away from Hagerstown. They are a good club with good players." Hagerstown only had four hits, but three came in the third inning when they broke a 2-2 tie with five runs. There were also two walks and four Frederick errors in the inning. Frederick National had made only one error in three district games last week. Two singles and an error loaded the bases with none out for Hagerstown Flaky then walked Greg Martz to force in the first run of the inning. After a force out at the plate. Greg Stahl singled in two runs. Three Frederick errors then produced two more runs and Hagerstown led 7-2. Frederick came back with a run in the fourth on singles by Dale Herbert and Larry Bowens and added their final run in the fifth. The leadoff man walked in the sixth for Frederick but Herbert lined in a double play. Frederick scored twice in the first inning when the Hagerstown right fielder misjudged Jay Fossett's leadoff fly ball to right and it went over his head for a two-base error. Darin Stone then singled in Fossett and Stone scored on a single by Wattt. Hagerstown tied the game in the third without the benefit of a hit. Four walks, a passed ball and a balk produced the runs. The balk brought in the second run and also caused the only controversy of the game. The third base umpire called the balk. But just as the ball was thrown he called no pitch. Whipp argued that if the umpire called no pitch it could not be a balk. The argument lasted about five minutes before it was ruled a balk. Finley only allowed four hits, but was unusually wild walking nine men He fanned eight. Dennis Welleth of Hagerstown allowed seven hits.

1978 - Elkton Community
District 2 Champions
Frederick National  (Wayne Whipp)
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs East Frederick LL won 6-1
Frederick National vs Middletown won 13-0
Frederick National vs Brunswick won 5-4
State Tournament – East Frederick
Frederick National vs Hagerstown lost 7-3

THERE WAS AN ADDED incentive for a local team to win the District title this year because the state tournament was being held at East Frederick the first time the state was scheduled in Frederick since 1962. There was also a new team in the districts Middletown. The addition of an eighth team meant there would be four first round games now and no team would have a bye. Any hopes that East Frederick may have had of playing in the state tournament on its home diamond quickly ended as the city team was eliminated in the first round of the districts by Frederick Nationals. Wayne Finley threw a five-hitter and Eric Smith drove in three runs in a 6-1 NL Victory. Troy Wilson pitched a four-hitter as the Americans downed Thurmont 5-3 The winners scored five times in the first without the ball going out of the infield Three walks and three infield hits led to the runs Meanwhile Brunswick dumped Emmitsburg 9-3 on Dale Lamberts Four-hitter and Middletown surprised everyone by beating Sykesville 9-2 on a five-hitter by Dave Wilson. In second round play, the Nationals brought Middletown back to reality with a 13-0 win. Darrin Stone limited the first year team to three hits and Finley and Charles Watts each had two two-run homers. Brunswick beat the American League 10-2 as Mike Jackson hit two home runs including a grand slam. He was robbed of a third home run on a great catch by Terry Renner at the fence in center. The Nationals then won the district title by beating Brunswick 5-4. Brunswick led 4-2 going into the fifth but the Nationals loaded the bases with two out and scored three runs on a single and hit batsman to win. Wayne Finley went the distance allowing only two hits in the final four innings. He had trouble until he began to pitch from a windup in the But the Nationals did not take advantage of the home county advantage in the state. They lost to Hagerstown 7-3 with Finley walking nine men. The Nationals threatened in the fifth. With the score 7-3 they loaded the bases, but a double play ended the threat.

• • 1979 • •

1979 AS
Harlen DeGrange Mgr.; Wayne Whipp, Coach - Eric Bowens;  Jay Fossett; Steve Kennedy;  Eric Stull; Joey Whipp; Todd Albaugh; Doug DeGrange;  Rodney Smith; Darrick Bowens; Doug Smallwood ; Roy Hossler;  Frank Blank;  Kevin Lipps; Lee Whipp

July 24, 1979
NL, Brunswick, Emmitsburg win
Defending champion Frederick National, Brunswick, Emmitsburg and Westminster were all winners in first round action of the District II Little League Tournament Monday. Doug Smallwood clouted a three-run homer and went the distance on the mound despite a sixth inning scare as the National Little League edged East Frederick 5-4 in first round District II action at East Frederick. The win means the Nationals will now play Brunswick. Wednesday at Brunswick in second round action. Smallwood clouted his home run in a four-run National fourth that gave the winners a 5-1 lead after four innings. But East Frederick made it 5-2 with a run in the fifth and scored twice in the sixth and had the tying run on second with none out. But Smallwood struck out the next man up on a called third strike and got Brian Maly to ground out to first with the runner on second going to third. Pinch-hitter Kevin Shrewsbridge then hit a soft line drive that second baseman Don Bowens dover for and caught to end the game. Smallwood allowed only five hits and struck out ten. Frank Martz went the route for East Frederick and allowed only one earned run. Three East Frederick errors proved costly. East Frederick took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an error, wild pitch, passed ball and sacrifice fly by Derwin Hill. But the Nationals tied the game in the bottom of the third as a double by Doug DeGrange and single by Smallwood put men on second and third with none out. Kevin Lipps then hit a dribbler down the third base line that no one could come up with and the tying run scored. The game was still tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the fourth. Marti got the first two men. but a walk and single by Bowens put men on first and second and both runners moved up on a passed ball. DeGrange then hit a grounder to short, but the shortstop bobbled the ball with the second run scoring and DeGrange reaching safely. This brought up Smallwood who clouted a 1-1 pitch deep over the left field fence to give the Nationals a 5-1 lead. The East Frederick team made it 5-2 in the fifth on an error and double by Jeff Phebus. Then in the sixth Kevin Baer led off with a single and Greg Thrasher drew a walk.

July 25, 1979
LL Playoffs
District II Little League action continues tonight with two games scheduled. Brunswick will host Frederick National and Emmitsburg will travel to Westminster. All four teams won first round games Monday. Today's games start at 6 p.m.

July 26, 1979
NL, Emmitsburg fall
Brunswick wins in LL playoffs
BRUNSWICK — Brunswick scored eight runs on three hits in a wild third inning and went on to defeat Frederick National. 12-1 to avenge last year's district final loss and advance to the championship game against Westminster in the District II Little League playoffs, here Wednesday. Brunswick, which lost the title game to National 5-4 last year, will now host Westminster for the championship on Friday. Westminster defeated Emmitsburg in a 5-3 come-from-behind victory in that second round game at Westminster on Wednesday. Hike Jackson led off the Brunswick top of the third with a home run to right off National starter Doug Degrange. And by the time the dust had cleared, twelve Brunswick hitters had come to bat. seven scoring before Degrange and reliever Eric Stull could get the first out. Lost in the high-scoring rout was a superb pitching performance by Brunswick's Billy Walden. who gave up only two hits, including Darrick Bowen's 250-foot blast over the left field fence in the second inning for National's only run. Walden. the first 11-year-old pitcher to start for the Brunswick All-Stars in almost 20 years, struck out six and walked only one. After Jackson's homer in the third. Kirk Green doubled home George Hawes and Woody Conner, who had reached on a walk and a single. Green then scored on an error by the shortstop on Brad Gladstone's grounder. Degrange was injured diving for Gladstone's grounder and was replaced by Stull. who immediately walked Bobby Phillips and then allowed both runs to score when he hesitated on Billy Walden's tapper back to the mound and threw the ball over the first baseman's head for a three-base error. Stull finally got the first out by fanning Dale Stocks, but Walden then scored on a passed ball for the eighth and final run of the inning. Brunswick had taken a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Consecutive doubles by Ron Humble and Jackson scored the first run: Jackson advanced on Hawes' single and scored on Conner's ground out: and Hawes came home on a passed ball. The winners added another run in the fifth as Walden singled and eventually scored on a passed ball. The National pitchers combined to give up nine hits, including two each by Jackson and Hawes. struck out 10 and walked five.

1979 - Hagerstown West End
District 2 Champions
Brunswick Railroaders
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs east Frederick won 5-4
Frederick National vs Brunswick lost 12-1

• • 1980 • •

1980 AS
Jerry Wachter, Mgr.
Charles Wastler, Coach
Don Albaugh, Coach
Dale Winpigler
Zack Thomas
Lee Whipp
Larry Routzahn
Chuck Walz
Joey Whipp
Mike Winpigler
Darrick Bowens 
Darryl Rollins
Frank Randolph
Frank Blank
Sean Fagan
Danny Martin 
Doug Smallwood

National L.L. All-Star
The following is a list of players named to the 1980 Frederick National Little League All-Star team. The team will open its District I play at National Little League Park on Staley Avenue July 21. Team members are as follows: Civitans — Sean Fagan, Darryl Rollins, Larry Routzahn, Dale Winpigler, Mike Winpigler. Lions — Derrick Bowens, Doug Smallwood, Chuck Waltz. Optimist—Joe Whipp, Lee Whipp. Western Fence — Frank Blank, Danny Martin, Frank Randolph, Zack Thomas; Mgr Jerry Wachter

July 21-26
District II Little League Baseball Opening round pairings, July 21, at 6 p.m. Westminster at Thurmont; Emmitsburg at Frederick National; Middletown at Frederick American; East Frederick at Brunswick (Double elimination rounds will continue daily at sites to be determined as tournament progresses.)

Brunswick, NL, Middletown win
NL 20, Emmitsburg 6
Six home runs highlighted an 18-hit National League attack as the Frederick team downed Emmitsburg 20-6 in first round action of the District II Little League Tournament, Monday at Staley Stadium Frank Blank and Darrick Bowens each clouted two home runs; Doug Smallwood had a grand slam and Sean Fagan a two-run shot In a 10-run third inning, the NL hit three straight home runs, the grand slam by Smallwood followed by bases empty homers by Bowens and Blank After a walk, Fagan hit a two-run shot. Bowens also hit a two-run homer in the first and Blank a solo homer in the first. Smallwood led the NL attack with five hits in five at bats, five runs driven in and four runs scored. Dale Winpigler and Bowens each had three hits while Fagan and Blank had two Danny Martin went the distance for the win He pitched no-hit ball over the first four innings, but Emmitsburg got to him for six runs on three hits in the fifth He also walked three men and hit a batter in the fifth. Martin finished with nine strike outs and seven walks He was in trouble in the second and fourth innings, but double plays ended Emmitsburg threats each time Finally in the fifth inning Chad Topper looped a hit over the NL third baseman's head for the first hit off Martin. David Vinson and Wayne Wivell also had hits in the inning Wivell's hit drove in two runs. The NL jumped off to a 5-0 lead after the first inning and then scored 10 runs on six hits and five walks in the third to break the game open They added two more runs in the fourth and three in the sixth

In district Little League play Brunswick, NL, Emmitsburg win
NL 9, Westminster 4
WESTMINSTER — Danny Martin knocked in three runs on four hits, including a double, to pace a 14-bit attack as Frederick National defeated Westminster. 9-4, in the District II Little League Tournament Wednesday night. Frederick National is now undefeated in two games, while the loss was Westminster's first in the double elimination tournament. Frederick National plays host to undefeated Brunswick today at 6 p.m.. while Westminster has a day off before playing the winner of today's Frederick American at East Frederick game. The National League had to rally front a 4-0 deficit after the first inning. The Frederick team scored three runs in the second, two in the third and then put the game away with a four-run sixth inning. Joe Whipp was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out 12. All four runs he gave up were earned. Westminster scored its four runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a three-run home run by Eric Owings. Whipp settled down after that, however, and faced the minimum 13 batters over the final 41/3 innings. Martin led the way for Frederick National with three RBI's while going four for four. Dale Winpigler drove in two runs, while Darrick Bowens. Frank Blank and Sean Fagan each had one RBI. Fagan bad a double. Joe Whipp. Doug Smallwood and Blank had two hits each for the National League. Bowens. Fagin. Dale Winpigler and Lee Whipp added one hit each. For Westminster. Mark Wankan started the game. He pitched the first two innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out none. Owings then relieved Wankan and went the rest of the way. He allowed six runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out two.

EF-FA rained out
The District II Little League Tournament game between Frederick American and East Frederick was called because of rain Wednesday night, at East Frederick. The two teams, which both lost their opening round contests, will face each other tonight at 6 p.m. at East Frederick. The loser will be eliminated from the tournament. In other game: tonight, Middletown is at Emmitsburg and Brunswick is at Frederick National, all starting at 6 p.m. Middletown and Emmitsburg each have one loss in the double elimination tournament, while Brunswick and Frederick National are undefeated in two games.

Nationals stay unbeaten; AL, Emmitsburg also win
NL 8, Brunswick 0
Doug Smallwood pitched a two-hitter and ignited a seven-run third inning with a two-run homer as the Frederick National League blanked Brunswick 8-0 in district Little League competition at Staley Stadium Thursday. The victory means the National League is now the only unbeaten team in the double elimination tournament. The Nationals have won three straight. Brunswick dropped to 2-1. The two teams will not play again until next week with Brunswick scheduled to see action Monday and the NL on Tuesday. Smallwood, who looks big enough to be playing Babe Ruth baseball, struck out 10 and only walked two. He allowed a hit in the first inning when Paul Langston's soft fly ball fell just over the head of the NL shortstop in short left field for a double and in the fifth inning when Rob Daugherty slapped a sharp ground ball to left field. He almost lost his shutout in the first inning when Langston doubled and Curtis Moore reached base on an error to put men on first and third with one out. Billy Walden then hit a fly ball to deep right and Langston tagged up at third ready to score on the apparent sacrifice fly. But Moore though the ball was going to be a hit and was almost at second base when it was caught. He was easily doubled off first. In the third inning Brunswick got a man to third with one out, but Smallwood fanned the next two batters. In the fifth Brunswick had men on first and second with two out and Smallwood got the next man to hit into a force play at third. The National pitcher was also the team's top hitter driving in three of the NL's runs. He gave himself all the runs he would need in the first inning when his double drove in Mike Winpigler, who had reached on an error. Then in the third he came up with a man on base, one out and the NL ahead 1-0, and he hit a home run deep into the trees beyond the center field fence to make it 3-0. A single by Derrick Bowens, an error and walk then loaded the bases. One run came in when a throw to the plate on an attempted force play was late and another on a bases-loaded walk. Lee Whipp doubled in two more runs and Winpigler's sacrifice fly ended the scoring for the inning and the game. Smallwood and Derrick Bowens each got two of the six National hits. Moore started for Brunswick, but left with one out in the third. He was charged with four hits and all eight runs. Glen Haines finished up and, after Whipp greeted him with his two-run double, he pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Unbeaten National and once-beaten Brunswick do not play until next week.

NL wins district crown
BRUNSWICK — Behind a three-run homer by Darrick Bowens in the top of the third inning, Frederick National rallied from a 2-1 deficit and went on to beat Brunswick 7-4 and win the District II Little League championship, Monday night. Frederick National now advances to the Maryland State Little League Tournament at Havre de Grace, where it will face the District V champion at p.m.on Aug. 7. In the top of the third with one out, Joe Whipp singled and Doug Smallwood drew a walk for the NL. Bowens cleared the bases with a line drive shot over the left field fence and gave the visitors the lead to stay, 4-2. Brunswick narrowed the gap to 4-3 in the last of the third on a solo home run by Bill Walden, but Frederick National countered to the fourth with three more runs. The three runs came on a Smallwood two-run double and a wild pitch. Smallwood scored Mike Winpigler, who reached base on a fielder's choice, and Joe Whipp. Smallwood scored on the wild pitch. Brunswick, the defending District II champions, added a single run in the fifth on another solo homer by Bill Walden. "We had to do the same thing against Westminster last week," Frederick National manager Jerry Wachter said of the winner's comeback hi the third inning. "We were down by four runs in that game so the thing we had to do was just settle down and work on our game a little. "We were down again today but once we settled down we came back and won," Wachter added. "We knew we were going to have a tough time against Westminster and Brunswick. Both have good teams." The game did not go without some controversy however. In the last of the first, Brunswick's Robbie Daughterly led off with a walk and the next man up. Paul Langston, on a check swing, hit the ball down the first base line. As the catcher Frederick National’s Frank Randolph went to pick up the ball, he and Langston ran into each other and the third base umpire said that Langston interfered with the catcher and was out. But the home plate umpire said there was no interference as Langston reached second on an error with Daugherty on third. The controversy over the conflict of the call sparked a 20-minute delay to the game as all four umpires, along with both managers and other Little League officials, discussed the situation. After talking the matter over, the decision of the home plate umpire stood and the game continued. Brunswick wasted no time to taking the lead after that as Curtis Moore singled in Daugherty while Langston was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Moore's single. Then, after Moore stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, Bill Walden hit a sacrifice fly to score Moore and give Brunswick a 2-1 lead. Frederick National's other run came to the top of the first on an RBI double by Smallwood. Smallwood scored Winpigler, who singled to reach base. Frank Blank got the win for Frederick National. He went the distance on the mound and gave up four hits while fanning five and walking only two. "I thought that Frank did a magnificent job on the mound," Wachter commented. "During the entire tournament we used four different pitchers for four different games. None of them had to be relieved." Looking ahead to the state tournament, Wachter expressed some confidence. "I think that we have the hitting and pitching to do it (win the state title)," he said. John Whipp and Smallwood each had two hits for the winners with Smallwood driving in three runs. Winpigler and Bowens each had one hit for Frederick National with Bowen's hit being the three-run homer in the third. For Brunswick, Moore was the pitcher. He gave up six hits while striking out nine and walking five. Walden led Brunswick with his two home runs and three RBls while Moore and Dale Hawes each had one hit.

DISTRICT CHAMPS — The Frederick National Little League recently won the District II Little League championship. They are (front row 1-r) Dale Winpigler, Zack Thomas, Lee Whipp, Larry Routzahn, Chuck Wak, Joey Whipp and Mickey Winpigler. In the back row are Derick Bowens, Darryl Rollins, Frank Randolph. Sean Fagan, Danny Martin, Doug Smallwood and Charles Wastler. Standing in the back are Jerry Wachter. team manager, and Don Albaugh.

Faces District V champ - Frederick NL readies for state LL
After a recent practice. Frederick National Little League players Doug Smallwood and Joey Whipp were asked by manager Jerry Wachter what team they wanted to play. "Taiwan!" was the answer both players gave referring to the team that has virtually become the resident world champion of Little League baseball. "When the players told me that Taiwan was the team they eventually wanted to play. I told them that there was only one way they would be able to accomplish that goal—to win and keep on winning." Wachter. Frederick National begins that quest to hopefully meet Taiwan when it faces the District V champion in the opening round of the Maryland State Little League Tournament at Havre de Grace Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. "The team looks really good." Wachter said. "They're really psyched up for the state tournament. In fact, that's just about all they talk about right now. "Teamwork has been the key so far." Wachter said in reference to the success that the team enjoyed the District II Little League Tournament Frederick National went unbeaten in four games with two wins over Brunswick and single wins over Westminster and Emmitsburg. Frederick National's second win over Brunswick came Tuesday at Brunswick and gave Frederick National the district crown. "Everyone has worked together on the team real well." Wachter said. "I hope it continues." Wachter also praised the efforts of his pitching staff as in the four district tournament games, a relief pitcher has never been needed. "I like logo with the starting pitcher as long as I can," he said. "But I always keep a pitcher on the sidelines warming up just in case something happens. "It also psychs up the pitcher on the mound because if he sees that other pitcher warming up. he knows that he either has to throw strikes or he will be relieved." Wachter said. The pitching staff for Frederick National consists of right handers Doug Smallwood. Frank Blank. Dan Martin, Darrick Bowens and Mike Winpigler and southpaw Whipp. As far as who will start in the state tournament on Thursday. Wachter said he keeps that under wraps until the day of the game. "I may have several pitchers warming up before a game, but I won't say who the starting pitcher will be until I announce my starting lineup." Wachter said. "So right now. the starting pitcher is still up in the air." The catching for Frederick National will be done by either Blank. Lee Whipp. Frank Randolph. Mike Winpigler or Dale Winpigler  with either Joe Whipp or Sean Fagen at first base. At second base will be either Smallwood or Daryl Rollins while Mike Winpigler and Dan Martin share the duties at shortstop. Rounding out the infield assignments for Frederick National will be either Dale Winpigler, Zack Thomas or Lee Whipp at third base Bowens or Chuck Wa.. will be in left field while Joey Whipp and Bowens are in center field Larry Routzahn and Lee Whipp will be in right field for Frederick National. "We have a very versatile team." Wachter said "The players can play just about everywhere " According to Wachter. District I, which consists of Washington. Allegany and Garrett counties, traditionally has been the tournament favorite and he feels that this year is no exception "The Hagerstown area teams look real strong." he said

Frederick NL begins state LL play today
Frederick National will play the District V champion in the opening round of the state Little League tournament, tonight at 5 p.m. in Havre de Grace. The single elimination tournament will be held at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace.

NL wins state opener, 9-1
HAVRE DE GRACE — Frederick National's Doug Smallwood. whose built more like a tight end than a Little Leaguer, can intimidate a hitter just by taking the mound. let alone unleashing his fastball. On Thursday. Smallwood used that imposing fastball to pitch a three-hitter, and he went three for four at the plate with a two-run homer, as Frederick downed Perryville 9-1 in the opening round of the state Little League Tournament. Frederick will now face Forrest Park at 5 p.m. tonight in the semifinals of the single elimination tournament. Forrest Park beat the D.C. All-Stars 15-5 on Thursday. The championship game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. "Doug is 12-years-old." Frederick
manager Jerry Wachter assured a skeptical bystander Thursday. "He has a reputation around Frederick. Everybody thinks he is Babe Ruth." Smallwood turned in a fair impersonation of Ruth in the victory against Perryville. All three hits he allowed were bouncing grounders through the infield. Smallwood struck out nine, walked three and the sole Perryville run was unearned. Smallwood. Mike Winpigler and Derrick Bowens each hit home runs off Perryville starter Aaron Owens who left in the top of the fourth after Frederick had taken an 8-0 lead. "They (the Frederick players) claimed he was just throwing it slow." Wachter said of Owens. "We've been practicing on that slow pitch." The practice paid off in the top of the first when Frederick took a 5-0 lead. Winpigler led off with a solo home run to center. Joey Whipp then singled to left and Smallwood followed with his two run shot to deep right center. Singles by Bowens. Sean Fagan and Dale Winpigler accounted for Frederick's final two runs of the inning. Perryville scored what was to be its only run of the game on a walk, a ground out. a wild pitch and a passed ball in the bottom of the first. Frederick added a single run in the third. Frank Blank reached second when the right fielder lost his towering fly ball in the sun. Blank eventually scored on a fielder's choice by Lee Whipp. Then in the fourth. Bowens hit a two run homer over the 200 foot sign in deep center to knock out Owens. Eddie Bowman relieved for Perryville and limited Frederick to one run the rest of the way. That run came in the top of the sixth when Mike Winpigler singled, stole second, took third on a double by Smallwood and scored on a wild pitch.

National LL eliminated, 8-3
HAVRE DE GRACE — After falling behind 6-0 after the first inning, the Frederick National Little League could not get rolling until the sixth, and by then it was too late, as the area team fell to Forrest Park 8-3 in the semifinals of the state Little League tournament hold Friday. "We've fallen behind in district games before, but today we made a lot of mental mistakes and were on the short end of a few bad breaks." Coach Jerry Wachter said after the loss. Forrest Park crossed the plate six times in that opening frame, combining five hits, two walks and one Frederick error for the six tallies. Frederick's opponents then added a single run in the second, when the Forrest Park fourth and fifth men in its batting order hit back-to-back doubles. Frederick finally showed some signs of life in its half of the third, when the local team scored two runs. With one out. Mike Winpigler doubled to left. Joey Whipp walked, then Doug Smallwood singled, scoring Winpigler and advancing Whipp to second. With one out. Mike Winpigler doubled to left. Joey Whipp walked, then Doug Smallwood singled, scoring Winpigler and advancing Whipp to second. After Derrick Bowens forced Whipp at third. Frank  Blank sent a line drive double to the left field corner, scoring Smallwood. On the same play. Bowens tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate. Forrest Park added a single run in the fifth, thus extending their lead to 8-1. Frederick threatened in the fourth and fifth, but could not push a run across the plate. In the sixth, the National All-Stars loaded the bases with one out. but could only score once, as the last Frederick batter grounded into a game ending double play. Forrest Park turned three double plays on the local team, two in the final two innings. Frederick also left eight men on base, six in the scoring position. Danny Martin pitched the whole game for Frederick, allowing eight hits while walking five and striking out three. "Danny turned around after the first inning and really pitched well, he may have been a little nervous in the outset." Wachter commented. Frederick banged out eight hits in the game, three by Doug Smallwood. Mike Winpigler added two. 

1980 - Forrest Park (Baltimore)
District 2 Champions
Frederick National  (Jerry Wachter)
Tournament Results:
District Round:
Frederick National vs Emmitsburg won 20-6
Frederick National vs Westminster won 9-4
Frederick National vs Brunswick won 8-0
Frederick National vs Brunswick won 7-4
State Tournament
Frederick National vs Perryville (District V)won 9-1
Frederick National vs Forrest Park lost 8-3

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