The Havre de Grace Little League junior baseball all-stars were eliminated from Maryland State Tournament play this week in Denton.
Havre de Grace opened with a 14-8 win Saturday over Hagerstown, but then lost back-to-back games on consecutive days to host North Caroline, 9-4, and West Salisbury, 11-1. The games were played Sunday and Monday, respectively, at Lockerman Middle School.
In the win, Havre de Grace scored multiple runs in four of the seven innings, including nine in its final two at bats. Havre de Grace had a lead of 10-3, but watched it slip to 10-8 in the sixth.
Mikey Flosser pitched five and two-third innings for the win, striking out four. Matt Mussman and Robbie Keller each had three hits, while Connor Gorham, Christian Penrow and Adam Garrison had two hits apiece. Garrison also scored three runs.
In the loss to North Caroline, Havre de Grace was locked in a 4-4 tie through four innings. North Caroline added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to secure the win.
Keller pitched into the fifth, taking the loss, while RJ Strong pitched two innings in relief. Flosser, Keller and Penrow led Havre de Grace offensively with two hits each. Penrow added two runs scored.
In Monday's eliminating loss to Salisbury, Havre de Grace was limited to a pair of singles and a lone run. Mussman had a sixth inning single, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch; he scored on another wild pitch.
Justin Gutierrez had the other Havre de Grace hit. Penrow suffered the loss pitching into the fifth.
"It was an experience," Havre de Grace manager Chris Flosser said. "It was a joy watching them go down there and compete with the best teams in the state."
Perryville senior softball
The Perryville Little League senior softball all-stars will begin East Region Tournament play Saturday in Worcester, Mass.
Perryville will play four pool games and depending on results, may qualify for the semifinals. Perryville will open against Pennsylvania at 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's game will be against New Jersey at 10 a.m before an off day Monday.
Perryville will be back in action Tuesday versus New York at 1 p.m. with a final pool game on Wednesday at 10 a.m. against Delaware.
The semifinals and final are set for Thursday at 9 a.m and 2 p.m., respectively.