CLINTON — There won't be a state Babe Ruth champion from Carroll this year.
The Frederick 13-year-old team made sure of that yesterday, defeating the Westminster 13s, 3-1, at Louise Cosca Regional Park in Prince George's County.
The 13-year-olds were the last of five Carroll Babe Ruth teams eliminated from the state tournament.
Westminster pitcher Chad Mathais tossed a one-hitter, but the offense left 12 runners on, includingeight in the final three innings.
"We just didn't get the clutch hits," Westminster coach Tony Steigerwald said. "You have to give theFrederick pitchers a lot of credit."
Those pitchers, David Tyler and Joey Hammonds, combined to give up only one run on four hits.
Westminster took a 1-0 lead in the first on four walks by Tyler. But Tyler got Tim Herb to chase a high fastball for a third strike with the bases loaded and two out.
Frederick went ahead to stay in its half of the first.
With one out, Jimmy Hayes walked, and Hammonds followed with a double to put runners at second and third.
After a wild pitch scored Hayes, Chris Suter plated Hammonds on a sacrifice fly.
Frederick added an insurance run in the second to end the scoring.
Westminster threatened in the fifth, sixth and seventh but couldn't score.
In the fifth, Westminster had the first two men on with the No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters due. After Chris Cash struck out, NickStonesifer lined sharply to shortstop Hammonds, who doubled off Jason Dykes at second.
Westminster loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, and Hammonds relieved Tyler. Dykes sent a dribbler down thefirst-base line that Hammonds nabbed to make the play at first.
The game ended with the bases full of Westminster red.
R. D. Larkinand Stonesifer singled around a Cash strikeout in the seventh. But Hammonds got Denny Bowers to strike out, and Herb popped out to first.
"Mathais pitched well enough to win," Steigerwald said. "Frederick came into the game averaging 16 runs in the tournament, and they got one hit off Chad."
Steigerwald said he was pleased with the team's performance in the tournament.
"We played outstanding. It was atotal team effort, and every game a different player came through."
Westminster had advanced to the championship round with an 8-6 winSunday over Upper Montgomery Athletic Club.
Cash went the distance for his second complete-game victory in the tournament.
* The Carroll County 16 All-Star Team dropped a 10-3 decision to Prince George's North in a final-round game Saturday at McCurdy Field in Frederick.
Prince George's North jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and was never challenged.
"We just ran out of gas," Carroll coach Jerry Dayton said. "We played three straight nights, while P.G. North was fresh."
Dayton said he was pleased with his team's second-place finish.
"We had a scrappy bunch of kids who played heads-up ball. We finished second in the state tournament, and I'm tickled."
* The Carroll County 14-15 team was knocked from the state tournament Sunday with a 7-2 loss to Frederick at Cosca Park.
Frederick's Mike Anders shut down the Carroll offense, yielding only one hit infive shut-out innings before being relieved.
Carroll had defeatedPrince George's North, 5-3, earlier in the day.