Four County’s run through the 8-10 Maryland Little League state tournament was highlighted by outstanding pitching and great defense, and the All-Stars’ runner-up finish was the best performance in the program’s 25-year history.
The pitching efforts included a combined no-hitter by Kyle Humbel and Aidan Nilan in their second game against Elkton Little League and Caleb Kearns’ complete game against Conococheague the eventual champions.
The aforementioned Four County pitchers, along with Collin Doyle and Justin Witmer, combined to allow nine runs over five games.
The signature game in the state tournament for this team came against Northwest, D.C. as it fought for an opportunity to play against Conococheague in the state final. Four County led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Northwest scored two runs to tie the game and had runners on first and third with one out.
After an intentional walk to load the bases, Four County escaped the inning with Doyle forcing a pop out to the catcher and a strike out to end Northwest’s threat.
In the seventh, Kyle Humbel and Witmer pulled off a delayed steal of second and third to move into scoring position, and Kearns drove them in with a clutch two-out single to complete the win.
Although Four County lost to Conococheague in the final, it held its own and played inspired baseball.
They held Conococheague to four runs over their two state tourney games. Conococheague had out scored its other tournament opponents 30-5.