Westminster Season Comes To Heartbreaking End

County Little League Team Is Run Short In District Final

July 21, 1991|By Glenn Graham and Ed McDonough | Glenn Graham and Ed McDonough,Staff writers

In a game marred by fan heckling and a near-altercation at its conclusion, Westminster had to settle for the runner-up spot in the District II Little League finale.

Westminster suffered a heartbreaking 3-2, extra-inning loss to its Frederick County host Friday night.

A Brunswick homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning was the game-winner.

Westminster coach Rick Frame said his teamwas intimidated by the Brunswick fans, who were heckling the Carrollplayers throughout the game. At the game's end, several Brunswick players approached the Westminster dugout, but there was no altercation.

It was the fifth game in five days for Westminster, which had won three straight in the losers' bracket to reach the finals Friday. The team finished with a 4-2 record.

"We had an excellent group of kids who responded well and played some pressure-packed baseball in the last five days," Frame said.

Westminster's second-place finish,combined with Taneytown's strong showing, means two of the top threeteams in District II came from Carroll, even though six of the eightsquads hailed from Frederick County.

The Taneytown team came a long way in one year. A year ago, the northwest Carroll team was vanquished in just two games in the double-elimination District II tournament.

This season, Taneytown finished third in the eight-team tourney.

"I'm very happy with them," Taneytown coach Doug Arnold Sr. said after his team was eliminated Thursday night by host Westminster, 11-6, at Bennett Cerf Park. "I think they did well. I was proud of them."

In that Thursday contest, Taneytown was down, 7-0, after the second inning and could have packed it in right there.

But much to Arnold's admiration, Taneytown clawed back into the game and was downby just 8-5 after four innings.

In the fifth, though, Westminsteradded three more runs to virtually seal the game.

"They scored some runs and got right back in the game," Arnold said of his team's mid-game rally. "But it just didn't work out."

Still, he noted, it was a major improvement for Taneytown, which had seven players back from last year's squad.

"The only thing that surprised me was that we didn't hit the ball very well," said Arnold. "We had some pretty good hitters."

Doug Arnold Jr., Taneytown's pitcher, struggled much of the game, walking 11 and throwing 153 pitches in going the distance.

Westminster's John Hill and Jon Plunkert combined to walk just three and fan 12.

The win avenged Tuesday's intra-county matchup, when Taneytown sent Westminster tumbling into the losers' bracket with a 5-4 victory.

Thursday's county rematch was made possible by Westminster's 21-0 rout over host Emmitsburg and Taneytown's 7-2 loss to Brunswick at Taneytown Wednesday.

At Emmitsburg, Westminster hammered out 14 hits -- including two-run homers from Brian Tozer, Mike Depinto and Matt Bowers.

Hank Adams pitched the first four inningsbefore giving way to Bowers, as they combined for a three-hit shutout.

In the winners' bracket game Wednesday, Taneytown was unable tocapitalize on having nine batters reach base in the first three innings, getting only two runs. Brunswick had a 5-0 lead before Taneytownscored its runs.

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