Nathan Neubauer had a clear message for his teammates following Frederick’s 5-2 win over Brunswick in the District 2 Junior Little League championship game on Wednesday at Tuscarora High School.
“Hey Frederick, we’ve got a date, for states,” Neubauer said just before his team broke its postgame huddle.
The date Neubauer’s referring to is Saturday, when Frederick begins play in the state Junior Little League Tournament at Waldorf. His confidence was justified by his performance at the plate on Wednesday.
Neubauer had two hits with a double and two RBIs. For he and teammates, Wednesday’s district championship was the culmination of playing together for a long time.
“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Neubauer said. “Most of us have been playing together for about eight to 10 years. This is something very special.”
Wednesday’s win completed a tournament turnaround after a rough start. Frederick lost its tourney opener to Montgomery County, 6-1, on Saturday, then won three straight, including back-to-back wins over Brunswick, for the district title.
It was also the second win in less than 24 hours over Brunswick. Frederick had to rally back twice for a 7-5, 10-inning win on Tuesday.
“But we’re not done yet,” Frederick manager Jon Wagner said to his team. “We’ve got a lot more baseball to play.”
Jacob Allen had two hits with a double and an RBI for Frederick. “We knew we had to come back hard, play hard, stay focused, play good defense.”
Peyton Isemann gave Frederick a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single. Allen pushed across a run with his double in the second. Isemann picked up his second RBI in the second when he grounded out to third base.
Frederick got two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double from Neubauer and a single up the middle from Braden Robar. Neubauer finished with two hits.
For Allen, being patient at the plate was the key for his hitting success on Wednesday. “I saw mostly fastballs, but I waited for one out and over the middle of the plate,” he said.
Luke Chappell also had two hits for Frederick.
Robar, whose RBI double in the 10th on Tuesday powered Frederick to its win over Brunswick, pitched a complete-game four-hitter with two strikeouts over 64 pitches.
“I might have been a little tired at the end, but not a whole lot,” Robar said. “I still felt pretty good.”
Tony Rakowski had two hits for Brunswick, which scored both of its runs in the seventh. Dylan Delawder stole home. Joel Wenner drove in a run on a one-out sacrifice fly.
District 2 8-10 Little LeagueThurmont 5, Four County 3
Thurmont plays at Montgomery County-Lower in the final elimination-round game at 6 p.m. on Friday. The winner of that game plays at undefeated Brunswick at 3 p.m. on Saturday in a potential championship game.
District 2 9-11 Little League Championship Score Montgomery County-Lower 9, Brunswick 1