BRUNSWICK — Frederick Junior Little League team blew one lead. Then another. So there was no way it was going to let this third chance to stay alive in the District 2 Junior Little League Tournament get away on Tuesday, so it reached back for some extra effort in extra innings.
With the score tied at 5 after nine innings, Frederick scored twice in the top of the 10th, then held off Brunswick in the bottom of the 10th for a 7-5 win, handing Brunswick its first loss in the double-elimination tournament.
“We fought back twice for this win,” Frederick manager Jon Wagner said. “We were playing a good team, so we needed to make some big plays at the end, which we did.”
Tuesday’s win by Frederick forces an extra game to determine the champion. That game will be played at Tuscarora High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The winner gets advances to the state Junior Little League Tournament, which begins Saturday in Waldorf.
“Yes, we have to play the ‘if’ game now,” Brunswick manager Chris Ohler said. “It was a well-played game today by both teams. We played Frederick during the regular season and knew how good they were.”
With the score tied 4-4 after eight innings, a new tiebreaking procedure for determining a winner during postseason Little League play was used. In a format similar to what’s used softball for extra-inning games, the player for each team making the last out of the previous inning is placed on second base to start the extra inning.
Jack Polgaze was on second to start the top of the ninth for Frederick. Landon Tolbert bunted Polgaze to third. Orion Carrera drew a walk.
Nathan Neubauer hit a grounder to shortstop, but Polgaze beat the throw home on the fielder’s choice, giving Frederick a 5-4 lead.
In the Brunswick half of the ninth, Dylan Delawder was placed on second. With Joel Wenner at the plate, Delawder stole third, then scored on a single to right center by Wenner, tying the score at 5.
Then came Frederick’s two-run 10th.
With Tyler O’Brien already on second under the tiebreaking format, Braden Robar drove a double to left-center, scoring O’Brien.
“I just wanted to help us score some runs, help get our focus back,” said Robar, who hadn’t been hitting the ball well of late.
Camden scored Frederick’s other run in the 10th on an RBI single to left.
Brunswick had its chance to get back in the game in the bottom of the 10th, but the runner placed on second was thrown out trying to steal third. Frederick retired two of the next three batters to end the game, earning a rematch with Brunswick on Wednesday for the district crown.
Frederick threw out four base stealers Tuesday, taking away potential scoring opportunities for Brunswick. Frederick also turned two double plays.
“We made some good stops with those defensive plays,” Wagner said.
Peyton Isemann had three hits for Frederick. Hood had two hits with an RBI. Neubauer had two hits with two RBIs.
Tony Rakowski had a two-run single for Brunswick in the fifth. T.J. Ault also had an RBI.
District 2 8-10 Little League
Two games on Tuesday were postponed because of rain. Thurmont at Four County (elimination-round game) and Brunswick at Montgomery County-Lower will play their games at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
District 2 9-11 Little League
Brunswick’s game at Montgomery-Lower was also postponed and will be played at 6 p.m. Wednesday.