The Kazmarek Little Orioles took two games Saturday to advance in both the 10-12 and 13-14 Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association Baseball Invitationals being played at LFYAA Park and the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association 10th Avenue fields.
In 10-12, the Little Orioles ripped Lake Shore, 10-1, and in the 13-14 tournament rode the power pitching of Mike Wooden to a 4-1 victory over the Glen Burnie Boys team.
Those two wins coupled with a county Rec and Parks 11-13 romp over Crofton on Friday by 16-1 and an 8-2 win over the Yankee Rebels forthe Baltimore Metro 10-12 Thursday League Championship ran the Little Orioles' overall record to 44-6.
The Crofton victory gave the Little Orioles a regular-season tie for the county championship with the Severna Park Patriots, both teams finishing 11-2 in league play. Severna Park dropped a 5-2 decision to Linthicum Sports Club at Kinder Park Friday night after the Little Orioles' rout of Crofton.
In the LF 10-12 Invitational, right fielder Jared Vogt and first baseman Shane Miller each went 2-for-4 against Lake Shore to lead the way. Vogt belted a two-run homer, his team-leading sixth of the year, and Miller had a double with two RBI.
Charlie Killmayer (9-0) was the winning pitcher for the Little Orioles on a three-hitter with five strikeouts and four walks. Shortstop Mike O'Malley had four assists and one putout and catcher Shane Thompson, who had a double, gunned down two runners attempting to steal.
Wooden (9-2) fired a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts to stop the tough Glen Burnie Boys team in the 13-14 Tournament. The 13-year-old right-hander, who had lost once to GlenBurnie this season in the Metro 13 and Under League, struck out the side in the first, second, fifth and seventh innings.
At the plate, Wooden helped himself out with two doubles and an RBI while shortstop Ryan Fleetwood went 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Second baseman Chris Rice had two hits, including a double.
Wooden doubledin Fleetwood in the top of the first to give the Little Orioles a 1-0 lead, but Glen Burnie answered in the bottom of the first on a single and stolen base by Lee Blades, who came home on Jim Wilder's single to center.
In the second inning, Fleetwood's infield hit scored center fielder Sean Fairbanks with the go-ahead run. Fairbanks and pinch-hitter Jason Sieklicki singled in runs in the third with Joe Hartand Vogt scoring. Hart was a pinch runner and Vogt had doubled.
Faced with a must-win situation against Crofton (8-5) Friday night to tie for the county championship with Severna Park, the Little Oriolesexploded for six runs in the first inning and scored at least once in every inning except for their final at-bat.
Vogt (10-1) was brilliant through the five innings he worked, yielding only four hits andone run, striking out five and walking two.
Offensively, the Little Orioles got three hits each from Rice, Ryan Markish and 11-year-old Troy Sedgwick. Those three guys each had a double along with Rico Pagan and O'Malley. Another 11-year-old, Zach Stauffer, had a single and two putouts in right field.
With the 8-2 victory over the Yankee Rebels on Thursday, the Little Orioles wrapped up the Baltimore Metro League Thursday League with a 9-0 record. Mike Ziegler (9-1) settled down after giving up two runs and three hits in the first inning to pitch a three-hitter the rest of the way.
Ziegler, who did not walk a batter (he has walked only four in 55 1/3 innings) and struck out eight, knocked in his 50th run of the season with a fifth-inning single. After the weekend, the 11-year-old right-hander had 52 RBI in the Little Orioles' 50 games.
Vogt went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Miller whacked a three-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth.
With an 11-10 thriller over the Yankee Rebels of Baltimore on Sunday night at Brooklyn Park's 10th Avenue Fields, Harundale advanced to tonight's 8 o'clock winner's bracket game against the Kazmarek Little Orioles-Howard County winner from Monday night.
The winner of tonight's game moves into Saturday's 10-12 finals at North County High school.
ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO 1 THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUN -- LLOYD FOX
CAPTION: Lake Shore 10-12 team shortstop Eric Longapplies the tag -- but too late -- on the helmet of Mike O'Malley of the Kazmarek Little Orioles in Saturday's invitational game. O'Malley was safe at second with the stolen base.
ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO 2 THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUN --LLOYD FOX
CAPTION: With a lunge, left fielder Troy Sedgwick, 11, of the 10-12 Kazmarek Little Orioles, tries to reach a fly ballin the bottom of the second inning against Lake Shore. Sedgwick couldn't make the grab, but his team won by 10-1.
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