Brunswick staved off elimination from the District 2 Little League Tournament on Saturday, forcing an extra game on Sunday to determine which team heads to the state Little League Tournament.
Brunswick, the elimination bracket winner, took advantage of shaky Frederick National pitching to start the game, setting up what turned out to be a 12-2, five-inning win at Staley Stadium. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run rule.
The winner of Sunday’s game will be one of seven teams participating in the state tournament, which will be held at Frederick National beginning on Saturday.
“This was a great win for us,” Brunswick manager Cody Bechtol said. “Now, we’ve got another chance. We battled back.”
Saturday’s win avenged a loss to Frederick National on Wednesday, 7-0.
While Brunswick’s torrid hitting on Saturday, 11 hits for the game, gave it the momentum it would need for the win, it was its pitching that kept the normally-potent Frederick National bats in check.
Starter Nathan Borawski four-hit National through 4 1/3 innings and 88 pitches. He mixed up his pitches well, keeping Frederick National guessing at the plate, chasing deceiving pitches.
“I wanted to keep them off balance,” said Borawski, who left the game with seven strikeouts, three walks and no earned runs.
Brady Renn was Brunswick’s closer, facing three batters with one hit and a strikeout.
Ethan Houck, whose walk-off home run in the fifth on Friday highlighted a 14-2 win over Four County in the elimination bracket final, had his second homer in as many days, with a leadoff shot over the fence in right-center field to start the third. He added a double in the fourth.
Nick Piermarini and Borawski each had three hits with an RBI. Renn had a two-run double in the fourth.
“This is what we had hoped for,” Bechtol said. “We knew we had the pitching that could hold us if we could get the hits and get a good lead. Our pitchers did a really nice job.”
Nathan Chapell had two hits with a double for Frederick National.
“We didn’t play very well today,” Frederick National manager Danny Miller said. “Brunswick hit the ball well, found the holes to hit through, played good defense. You have to give them credit for that. We just have to bounce back, get ready for tomorrow.”
State 8-10 Little LeagueBrunswick 7, Elkton 0
At South Baltimore Little League, three Brunswick pitchers, Cole Howington, Cole Renn and Jack Wilt, combined for the shutout.
After three scoreless innings, Brunswick scored four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth for the win. Renn and Landry Fowler each had two hits.
Brunswick advances in the winners’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, where it faces Conococheague at 3 p.m. on Sunday.