THURMONT — Carter Vinar changed one of his baseball styles but kept the other on Saturday.
Vinar, Brunswick Little League’s starting pitcher against Thurmont, decided to throw from the stretch instead of a wind-up to see what kind of results he could get.
Vinar one-hit Thurmont over his three-inning, 50-pitch stint, with five strikeouts.
What he didn’t change was how he swung the bat. Vinar had a walkoff, three-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving Brunswick a 10-0 win over Thurmont in the opening round of the District 2 8-10 Little League Tournament. The game ended due to the 10-run rule.
“I just wanted to try something a little different, see how it would work out, see if I could still throw strikes,” Vinar said of his pitching style.
Not only did he throw strikes, Vinar’s deliveries kept Thurmont off balance while he was on the mound. He had two walks and hit a batter. The only hit he allowed didn’t leave the infield. Thurmont’s Gage Eyler beat out an infield single with two outs in the second.
“We had planned to have Carter throw 50 pitches all along,” Brunswick manager Steve Dinges said. “But we wanted to see how the game progressed before we made that final decision. We might have let him go a little longer, but once we were comfortable with the game situation, we took him out after he hit his 50-pitch limit for the game.”
Dinges said he planned to pitch by committee Saturday. Brunswick’s remaining pitchers on Saturday, Cole Renn and Wyatt Guyton, left the game after throwing 20 pitches, meaning they are available for Sunday’s 5 p.m. winners bracket semifinal. Brunswick hosts Frederick National, which edged Mountain Valley 10-9 on Saturday.
“That’s the name of the game, throw strikes, stay focused, hit the ball well and play good defense,” Dinges said. “We did all of that today. In the field, we didn’t rush any throws. We took our time fielding the ball, thought about what we were doing, where we were throwing, then made a good throw for the out. It was a great effort.”
No one on Brunswick’s team had more than one hit, but Vinar’s game-ending triple highlighted a six-run fifth. Isaac Robertucci singled in two of Brunswick’s three runs in the first. The other run in the first came on a bases-loaded walk.
Landry Fowler drove in a run for Brunswick in the second when he grounded out to second base. Guyton had an RBI double in the fifth.
Colten Lawson had a double for Thurmont in the fifth. Thurmont plays at Mountain Valley in an elimination-round game at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Thurmont manager John Code said the team is continuing to learn, gaining experience through all-star play. “There were a lot of good plays made by both teams out there today,” he said.
District 2 9-11
MCLL-Lower 3, Frederick National 1
Wyatt Staiger had two hits with a double for Frederick National, which plays at Brunswick in a 2 p.m. elmination-round game on Sunday.
Austin DeGrange had eight strikeouts over four innings.
District 2 9-10
Frederick National 10, Mountain Valley 9
Frederick National rallied from a 9-4 deficit in the sixth innings for the win.
Sean Hemler had two doubles for Frederick National. Anderson Chase had a double. Vincent Maradei had two hits with a triple. Carson Hood had a triple.
Austin Loveless and Gavin Masser each had a triple for Mountain Valley, which hosts Thurmont in an elimination-round game at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ryker Keeney had a double.