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Little League: End of the line for Four County 11-12 All-Stars

THURMONT — Was there some reason to believe this one would be close?

Four County Little League 11-12 All-Stars coach Neil Weigle had hoped so.

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His team lost badly to Thurmont last week in the winner's bracket of the District 2 tournament, but Four County was getting a second chance Wednesday night in the championship game at Leisner Field.

Anything could happen. Including the same degree of difficulty.

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Home-team Thurmont erupted for 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 24-5 victory in a game shortened to 3 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Thurmont had seven home runs for the third straight game and finished with 20 hits.

Connor Crum (3-for-3, home run, RBI), Peyton Castellow (3-for-3, three RBIs) and EJ Lowry (3-for-3, home run, three RBIs) led the winners' offense.

Garrett Averell hit a three-run homer for Four County, teammate Chase Rokisky added a solo home run, and Eli Weigle had two hits and a RBI.

"I told my team to keep their heads up, and not be upset," Weigle said. "It was first Four County 11-12 team to make it to the championship game. That's something for them to be proud about."

Four County’s Eli Weigle beats the ball to first base against Thurmont in the Little League 11-12 District 2 championship, in Thurmont.

Four County, which finished with eight hits, threatened in the top of the first.

After Lowry, the starting pitcher, struck out the first two batters, Eli Weigle and Averell reached on infield singles and advanced on a wild pitch. But Lowry, who earned struck out seven in four innings to pick up the win, fanned Jake Campbell to end the threat.

Thurmont hit three home runs in the first inning.

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The hosts quickly showed Rokisky, the starting pitcher, their power-packed lineup as five of the first six batters got hits. Josh Skowronski (RBI double) and Lowry (two-run homer) highlighted that stretch.

Neil Weigle decided to insert pitcher Kenny Humbel, who was working in his fourth game of the tournament, for Rokisky. It didn't slow down Thurmont's offense.

The team added six more runs with Skowronski clubbing a two-run homer and Joey McNannis smacking a solo home run.

"It's hard to overcome 11 runs in the first inning," Thurmont manager Tim Castellow said. "These boys just keep pounding (the ball)."

Four County scored four runs in the second.

Rokisky cleared the Four County bench when he drilled a solo homer over the right-center field fence to lead off. His teammates mobbed him in celebration as he got to home plate.

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Branden Manning quickly wiped out any Four County momentum when he led off the second with a home run to give Thurmont a 12-4 lead. The team added six more runs in the inning and three came off a Will Gisriel home run over the center-field fence.

Thurmont scored four more in the fourth.

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Four County finished its scoring in the fourth. Eli Weigle's single knocked in Justin Nicholls.

Despite the lopsided loss, the Four County's coaching staff and players considered its postseason a good one. Before losing to Thurmont a second time, Four County won three of its previous four games.

The All-Stars beat Upper Montgomery 10-5 to open the tournament, pulled away from Lower Montgomery County 12-8 in extra innings, and clipped Frederick National 6-5 to earn a second shot at Thurmont.

Thurmont beat Four County 17-4 on Saturday and reached the finals unbeaten, meaning an opponent would need two wins to knock the reigning champs out.

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"The season as a whole was a success," Four County assistant coach Mark Averell said. "We played the best we could."

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