It's usually tough getting youngsters out of bed at 6 a.m.
But Westminster Football Club coach Dave Johnson had no trouble rousing hisson Casey for their match Saturday.
The youngster was eager to get to an 8 a.m. date with the Westminster Flyers at Four Seasons indoor complex, where the two teams wouldvie for the spring under-10 boys Blue Division soccer crown.
And,his enthusiasm was rewarded, as Westminster FC downed the Flyers, 4-2, behind David Wynee's four goals.
That decision capped a surge that saw Westminster FC finish with an 8-1-2 record after going just 1-1-1 in the first three games in the Four Seasons spring soccer session.
"We kind of peaked at the right time," Johnson said.
Westminster FC faced a tough opponent Saturday in the regular-season champion Flyers, who had defeated Johnson's squad earlier in the year.
Bill Daily put the Flyers ahead 1-0 early, but Wynee's four unansweredgoals decided the match. Joe Giman's late tally made the final scorecloser.
"We didn't have it," said Flyers coach John Glass. "The FC did and we didn't."
Johnson, whose team had dropped the winter session championship game, liked the reversal of fortune.
"It was good for the boys that we were able to close the season with a sweet victory," he said.
Deer Park put the icing on its own comeback season Saturday at Four Seasons by topping Pikesville, 7-3, to win the under-10 boys Gray division title.
Only fourth in the regular season, Deer Park edged first-place Hereford, 5-4, in the semifinal game before easily beating regular-season runner-up Pikesville in the finale.
"The defense played fantastic for me," said Deer Park coach Terry Brothers. "It really shined."
Not wishing to single out individuals, he added, "If I had to give an MVP trophy, I'd give it to the whole team the way they played the last two games."
After a disappointing regular season, "they really came back and played their hearts out," Brothers said.
The 10-year-old Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Tournament will be conducted in Mount Airy Aug. 1-8.
Town youth baseball representatives and Babe Ruth baseball officials plan a May 10 contract-signing ceremony at the tourney site at the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds.
District I Commissioner Richard Gardner, who directs Babe Ruth baseball in Frederick County (which includes Mount Airy), will run this first-ever Babe Ruth tournament for 10-year-olds.
Gardner said his Mount Airy group wants to use the tournament to raise money for the town's youth baseball, basketball and football programs,whose combined budget reaches $90,000 annually.
The tournament isexpected to attract seven championship teams from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey, along with the Maryland titlist and a Mount Airy entry.
Gardner expects about 1,000 people to attend, including 600 from out of state, the 17 or 18 games to be played duringthe week-long affair.
Players will stay with host families and adults at nearby motels, Gardner said.
While he is nervous about theorganizing chores, he is happy to have the job, Gardner said.
"I was very pleased to get the tournament," Gardner said. "It says a lotfor Mount Airy. I feel we'll pull together and do a good job of it."