Four County 10-11 capped an impressive week by showcasing its offense once again, this time in defeating Montgomery County (Lower) 15-2 in four innings to capture the tournament championship Saturday at Russell Windsor Field.
Neil Weigle would love to see his Four County 10-11 squad save some runs for future games.
But the manager wasn't going to stop the All-Stars from scoring. Neither were any of their opponents in the District 2 tournament.
Four County capped an impressive week by showcasing its offense once again, this time in defeating Montgomery County (Lower) 15-2 in four innings to capture the tournament championship Saturday at Russell Windsor Field.
"We told them we couldn't have asked them to do anything more than what they've done," Weigle said. "They all bought in as a team. It has been fun, and hopefully we can score runs next week."
Next week would be the state tournament in Elkton, which begins July 18. District and Four County officials believe the organization has sent only one other team to states since the league was founded in 1994.
Four County (4-0) started scoring early Saturday. Montgomery County won a pre-game coin toss and chose to be the home team, so Evan Schwartz led off the game and didn't waste any time — the shortstop and Carroll resident ripped a pitch from James Richardell over the fence in right-center.
Two batters later, after Four County pitcher Eli Weigle delivered an RBI double, catcher Brady Etzel, another Carroll product, belted a two-run shot over the fence in center field.
"It was my first home run so it felt really good," Schwartz said, "and it got the team motivated."
The All-Stars led 4-1 after the first inning and 7-1 after two thanks to a two-run double from Weigle and an RBI single from Etzel.
"I knew that we were going to keep rallying it on," Etzel said, "and scoring since out leadoff hitter hit that home run."
Four County finished the District 2 tournament outscoring the competition 59-16 and averaged 14.8 runs per game. The All-Stars banged out 16 hits Saturday after smacking 16 hits in their semifinal win Wednesday over Mountain Valley.
"It feels good because then we knew we were on top," Schwartz said, "and we have more confidence."
Weigle and Etzel had three RBIs apiece, and Cole Anderson added an RBI triple in the fourth inning. Garhett Dickenson had three hits and three runs scored with two RBIs while Chase Rokisky went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
If Schwartz and Etzel helped set a tone Saturday for Four County, Weigle did his part by keeping Montgomery County (4-2) guessing most of the afternoon. Weigle threw 69 pitches and scattered five hits over four innings, and got Danny Avillo to strike out swinging for the final out.
Four County won via the 10-run rule, and the celebration began.
The players mobbed each other just outside their dugout before going through the handshake line with Montgomery County's players and coaches. Four County then posed with the district championship banner while their parents and fans snapped pictures.
After that, it was a mad dash to the left field, below Russell Windsor Field's scoreboard, for more photos with the winners' flag.
Neil Weigle and his coaches beamed, and Weigle said he enjoyed watching his son pitch in, and win, a championship game.
Four County's coaching staff couldn't have been worried too much about team chemistry with this group of all-stars. It's evident from the moments before each game begins, with group cheers. Schwartz and Etzel agreed Anderson and Rokisky are the leaders in that category.
They were also instrumental in trying to douse Weigle with a cooler full of ice and towels. The players managed to get his back and waist, then turned the foiled plan into a game of throwing cold, wet towels on each other out in left field.