11-12's are on a roll at State Tournament!

Updated Monday July 25, 2016 by Laurel Little League.

Our very own 11-12 all stars went 2-0 this weekend and have advanced to the semi-finals of the Little League State Tournament!  I cannot put into words how happy I am for the boys nor how ecstatic I am about the level of support we've received from around the league with many folks traveling down to Waldorf to watch the games!  We're currently scheduled to play Hughesville Little League, the District 7 champion, Tuesday evening at 6pm at Stethem Park in Waldorf.  If you're not booked yet for Tuesday evening, come on out and root us on!!!

I know everyone couldn't make it, so once again, I assembled some game summaries for your enjoyment! LOL! Here's how we got there:

Game 1:  Laurel All-Stars best Valley LL in shootout, 15-9

The Laurel 11-12 All-Stars came up big in the 6th inning to beat Valley Little League in their first round matchup at the Maryland State Little League Tournament in Waldorf on Saturday.  The game was a shootout early on with Laurel’s bats starting out hot.  Laurel jumped on Valley pitching to take a 7-1 lead in the top of the second inning powered by home runs from Heath Franklin and Marcus Jones and a triple by Michael Stroud.  Valley’s offense was formidable as well as they pushed back in the bottom half of the 2nd to score 5 runs of their own and close within a run.  Laurel countered with two more in the third highlighted by an RBI double by Elijah Clary to extend the lead to 9-6, which is where it stayed as the pitchers on both sides took control for two scoreless innings.  Valley found some magic in the bottom in the 5th inning stringing together some walks and three singles to tie the game at 9-9, but  Heath Franklin made a fantastic inning ending defensive play on a line drive up the middle to limit the damage and setup a final decisive inning!  A game-winning rbi single by Justin Fahie to score Elijah Clary proved to be all Laurel would need to lock it up, however they capitalized on some walks and miscues to tack on some important insurance runs.  With a comfortable lead, all it took was 5 pitches for Adrian Jovel to retire the side and ice the victory for Laurel!   Yash Duddukunta went 2 for 3 and Drew Durrington and Tanner Perkes also added hits to bolster Laurel’s 15 run, 13 hit attack, their best offensive performance of the tournament.  Laurel’s next opponent:  Thurmont Little League.

Game 2:  “The Janitor” Cleans Up the Bases to Lead Laurel to a 6-4 Victory over Thurmont Little League in Game 2 of the State Tournament

One day after the Laurel bats combined for 15 runs to beat Valley Little League, they found themselves in a pitching duel against a tough Thurmont Little League team.  Thurmont’s pitching dominated the Laurel offense for the first four innings until Travis Thompson’s 5th inning single gave them an opportunity to get it going.  Tanner Perkes stepped in to pinch-run and scored the first run to finally break the shutout, but that’s all they could muster through 5 innings.  The only good news up until then was that Laurel’s pitching was also outstanding.  Michael Stroud allowed just one run on one hit over 2-2/3 innings and Adrian Jovel pitched 2-1/3 innings of solid relief to keep the game within reach.  With Thurmont leading the game 4-1 going into the top of the sixth, Laurel could have easily packed it in, but that wasn’t what happened.  It started with a leadoff walk by Marcus Jones and some heady base-running which enabled Laurel’s Drew Durrington to reach base on a miscue by the Thurmont second baseman.  Hope was still alive, but fading, as the next two batters popped out and grounded out, but Justin Gutierrez drew a kept our hopes alive by drawing a walk to load the bases  binging our leadoff batter, whose nickname “The Janitor” would take on additional meaning in the coming moments, to the plate representing the go-ahead run.  Heath Franklin worked himself to a 2-2 count and after three foul balls had the Laurel fans on their feet lining the fences.  Then it happened…There’s really no way to describe the atmosphere and energy of the moment, but it happened!  Heath Franklin cleared the bases with a blast to the fence triple to tie the game!  Laurel wasn’t done though as Elijah Clary and Michael Stroud hit back to back singles to plate the always important “insurance” run.  It wasn’t over yet, though, and after walking two batters in the bottom of the 6th, Laurel needed some more heroics.   They got just what they needed as Elijah Clary struck out the next batter in a seven pitch battle.  Third baseman Drew Durrington then made amazing catch against the fence in foul territory for the second out, and finally, Justin Fahie caught a potential game tying fly ball to right to lock in the win!  Wow! Laurel’s next opponent:  Hughesville Little League

Game Time: 6:00pm

Location: Robert Stethem Memorial Park, 4250 Piney Orchard Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602
If you cannot make the game, you can follow the game for a small fee on GameChanger at gc.com.  Our team name is Laurel All-Stars 12U.  Make sure to find the Laurel MARYLAND team!

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