Brunswick’s Cubs got out of one jam against Montgomery County Lower’s Red Sox on Monday but couldn’t do it twice.
After having two potential game-winning runs forced out at second in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Red Sox took advantage of two Cubs errors, scoring the game-winning run on a walkoff, one-out sacrifice fly by Achilles Adamantiades in the seventh for a 5-4 win in the championship game of the Dave Fogle Memorial Tournament at Frederick National’s Robert B. Staley Stadium.
“We battled, they battled,” Cubs manager Pat Via said. “We knew they came into this tournament to win it. We made them earn this win.”
The Fogle tournament marked the start of the Little League post-season tournament schedule. The next tournament is the Gregg Quedeweit Memorial Tournament of Champions, which begins on Friday at East Frederick Little League (Max Kehne Park).
The Cubs forced extra innings when it scored a single run in the top of the sixth inning.
Brunswick trailed 4-3 with one out, when Colin Pearre drove a single to left field. Sam Verosto was hit by the pitch. Zack Via followed with a single to right. Pearre sped up around third, beating the throw home to tie the score at 4.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox’s Noah Satriano led off with a single, but the next two batters hit into forceouts. Will Taylor grounded back to Brunswick reliever Wyatt Guyton for the third out, sending the game into extra innings.
The Cubs could not score in the top of the seventh, stranding a runner at second. With one out, Jose Ovalles reached on an error. He moved to third when Hunter Humphries reached first on another Brunswick error.
Adamantiades hit a fly ball to left field, which scored Ovalles from third to end the game. Via said the errors allowed the Red Sox to win the game but added mistakes are part of learning the game.
“It was still a good run for us,” he said. “There were some good teams in this tournament.”
The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from Via and a one-run double from Judah Purks. The Red Sox tied the score at 2 in the bottom of the first, then went ahead 3-2 in the second on an RBI double by Ian Brown.
Brunswick tied the score in the top of the third on an error. The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Satriano’s RBI single.
Via led the Cubs with three hits and two RBIs. Verosto had a double in the first. For the Red Sox, Satriano had three hits with an RBI. Brown had a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
While the Cubs’ season is over as a team, Via said there is still a lot of baseball left for his team, as members of the various all-star tournament teams.
“All but two of our players are on all-star rosters,” he said. “Brunswick should have some strong teams this year.”
Two games are slated for Friday to start the Quedeweit TOC at East Frederick. The Red Sox, which received an at-large bid to the tournament as the Fogle tournament champions, play Thurmont’s Mariners at 5 p.m. on Friday. Frederick National’s Lions play Mountain Valley at 7:30 p.m.
The 10-team, single-elimination tournament continues through Monday.