BRISTOL - Vermontâ€™s Essex Junction Little League jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and held on from there to record a 7-5 victory over Massachusettsâ€™ Holden Little League in New England Regional play on Tuesday.
A two-run single by Ben Deibler, followed by an RBI singles from Eli Bostwick and an RBI grounder from Andrew Goodrich gave Vermont a 4-0 lead after two innings.
That increased to 7-0 in the top of the third as Tanner McFaul hit a two-run double and scored himself on an error.
Tyler Miller hit a two-run single for Massachusetts in the bottom of the third to cut into that lead. Dennis Jardine hit a three-run homer for the Bay State squad the next inning, but that was as close as Massachusetts would get.
Bostwick was brought on in relief after that home run and held Massachusetts scoreless over the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing no hits or walks and striking out three batters.
Maryland 7, Washington, D.C. 2
It took a while for the offense of Marylandâ€™s Thurmont Little League to get going, but the team broke open a close game with a four-run fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth to come from behind for a victory to stay alive in the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Andrew Catron homered to put Washington ahead 1-0 in the first inning and the score remained that way until Peyton Castellow tied it with an RBI double for Maryland in the top of the fourth.
Jack Sague put Washington ahead again with a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning; but Will Gisriel had an RBI single and three straight walks forced in three more runs as Maryland took a 5-2 lead.
Joey McMannis hit a two-run homer for a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning.