MOUNT AIRY - What a difference a day makes.
Coming off an error-filled loss the night before against East Frederick in the opening round of the Little League District 2 tournament, the Westminster 11-12 All-Stars needed a solid effort in the field, on the mound and at the plate to stave off elimination against Four County Little League Tuesday night.
They got exactly that and more.
Led by the hitting and no-hit pitching of Nicholas Henneman, the Westminster stars ran and walked their way past Four County 11-0 at Mount Airy's Russell Windsor Field.
On Monday, poor fielding by the Westminster squad allowed an East Frederick team to jump out to a quick 8-0 lead. Although Westminster made a valiant comeback, it eventually lost 15-9.
Against Four County, it was just the opposite as the Westminster stars put up their own 8-0 lead and then added three more in the fourth to go up by enough to put the 10-run rule in play.
Henneman then got the side out to end the game and now Westminster will move on to play Montgomery County at 6 tonight at South Germantown Rec Park in Germantown.
"This team is coming together," Westminster manager Doug Goodson said. "They are really starting to believe in each other."
In addition to throwing a no-hitter and driving in five runs, Henneman, according to Goodson, also acted as the unofficial team captain.
"He just went around and talked to everyone and got them going," Goodson said. "He told them 'you gotta believe,' He's a pretty good leader and tonight he was on fire."
It was Henneman's bases-loaded double in the third that put his team up by eight runs and provided more than enough cushion for the Westminster squad.
"I really relaxed and settled in once we got ahead," Henneman said. "It was great getting that kind of support from my teammates."
In the fourth, Henneman came up with two runners in scoring position and brought them in with a double off the right-field fence.
He also doubled in the first and came home on a bases-loaded walk for the first run of the game.
As efficient as he was at the plate, he was just as efficient on the mound needing only 48 pitches to capture the win.
"We saw that they couldn't catch up to his fastball," Westminster catcher Garrett Noppenberger said. "So we just went to that more."
The Westminster win was also aided by the ineffectiveness of Four County's pitching. Starter Garrett Willis walked seven batters and allowed six hits through three innings while throwing 89 pitches. Two costly infield errors also led to runs, but it was the inability to get on base that had Four County manager Don Willis scratching his head.
"We definitely came out flat," Willis said. "They know they are better than this. But they gave it their best effort. I'm very proud of them."
Westminster 215 3-11 9 0
Four County 000 0-0 0 2
FC-Garrett Willis, Matthew Gelhard (4) and Jonathan Money and Gelhard (2) and Shane Johnson (4); W-Nicholas Henneman and Garrett Noppenberger. 2B: W-Henneman.