It was Marshall Workman’s final game as a member of Frederick National Little League’s Lions team, and he left quite an impression as he heads into all-star play.
The Lions’ third baseman delivered in all four of his at-bats against Montgomery County Little League’s Red Sox on Monday in the championship game of the Gregg Quedeweit Memorial Tournament of Champions at East Frederick Little League.
Workman had four hits, including a double, leading the Lions to a 12-2 win and their second Quedeweit tournament title in three years.
With Workman having already earned a spot on Frederick National’s 10-12 all-star team — which begins District 2 Little League tournament play on July 6 — he wanted to go out a winner for his regular-season team.
“This is pretty exciting stuff,” Workman said. “It’s my first time as a member of the 10-12 all-star team, so I’m looking forward to the districts.”
Batting fifth, he didn’t chase any bad pitches. Workman connected on a 1-1 fastball for a single to right field in the top of the first inning. With one out in the third, he belted an RBI double to left, then beat out an infield single in a 12-batter fourth. Finally, Workman led off the sixth with a single up the middle.
“I just waited for the right pitch, then went after it,” Workman said. “Mostly, I saw fastballs. That’s what I was looking for.”
As a member of the all-star team, Workman will also be playing for his regular-season manager, longtime Lions skipper Danny Miller, a little longer. For some of the other Lions players, Monday’s win was bittersweet. It marks the end of their season. Miller knows this is not always an easy time, particularly since the bulk of this Lions group lost just four games in three years, including just one defeat this year.
“Yeah, we had a little bit of a slip-up in one game this season,” Miller said. “But this is a good group of players. We lose seven [players] off this team. You hate to see them go, but most of this team has been together for four years. They’ve gotten better each year.”
The Lions scored three runs in the first, taking a lead they never relinquished. They scored in every inning but the fifth.
Kaden Hnath had two hits with three RBIs for the Lions, who allowed just three runs in four tournament games. Logan Keepers had two hits with an RBI. Austin DeGrange had a double with two RBIs. P.J. Wise had two hits.
“We were hitting the ball well against a good team,” Miller said.
Using mostly a fastball and change-up, Hnath pitched a complete-game victory for the Lions, scattering seven hits with seven strikeouts and one hit batter.
The Red Sox won their regular season, but lost to the Senators in a postseason playoffs. They won the Dave Fogle Memorial Tournament last Monday, earning an at-large bid to the Quedeweit tournament.