BRISTOL - Homers from Logan Simanski and Will Gisriel, and a triple from Josh Skowronski in the fifth inning sent Maryland-Thurmont American Little League to victory over Delaware-Milton American Little League 5-2 Thursday night.
Despite the loss, it was Delaware that scored first. After walking to lead off the top of the first, Timothy Hitchcock found his way to third before being brought home on a Paris Mitchell groundout.
It would be the lone run scored for either team for the next three innings.
Maryland finally crossed home plate in the bottom of the fourth when Gisriel tripled on a line drive to left field. Braden Bell grounded out two batters later, allowing Gisriel to run home and score the tying the game 1-1.
An RBI single by Gage Joseph put Delaware back in the lead, but it would be for the last time of the night.
Maryland started their powerful fifth inning with a single by Peyton Castellow. Simanski followed with a home run to right field, giving Maryland a 3-2 lead. Maryland didn’t stop there. A triple from Skowronski and another home run from Gisriel extended Maryland’s lead to three, bring the score to its final result.
After Delaware failed to get any hits or runs in the sixth inning, Joey McMannis ended the game, catching Andrew Criswells for the third and final out.
Maryland will now advance to play Pennsylvania in another elimination game tonight at 7 p.m.
The winner will go on to play New Jersey in the final.
Shelby Iava can be reached at 860-801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org