WESTMINSTER -- A pair of Westminster Babe Ruth baseball teams saved soome holiday fireworks for Landon Burns Park last night.
The Westminster team of 15-year-olds got seven runs in the first inning and six more in the second to coast to a 27-0 victory over Finksburg. Meanwhile, Westminster's 13-year-old team defeated Finksburg, 11-1. Both games were stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Both will next face North Carroll today at 5:30 p.m. in their respective age groups in the district double-elimination tournament.
It was solid pitching, timely hitting and the ability to take advantage of some costly Finksburg errors that proved successful for the Westminster teams.
Kile Maxcy and Terry Flook combined to no-hit the Finksburg 15-year-old team. Maxcy pitched the three innings before giving way to Flook in the fourth.
"We started off with our No. 1 pitcher, Maxcy, and he struggled a bit with his control but came through when he needed to and then Flook came in and did a good job," said Ray Shipley, coach of the Westminster 15-year-olds.
The offense did a good job throughout. It started in the first when the team scored seven runs on two hits, four walks and a wild pitch. Steve Mays hit a key two-run single with the bases loaded.
Six more runs in the second put the game out of reach.
Flook and Maxcy did most of the damage offensively as well. Flook had three hits, while Maxcy had a double and a triple and scored four times.
"It was a good start," Shipley said. "We just tried to put the ball in play, and hope to keep our bats alive [in today's game].
"We weren't trying to run up the score. It's a tough situation because you'd like to see the game over with but you don't want to tell a kid to make an out because they can see the same situation in the next game."
The Westminster 13-year-olds had a tougher time defeating their Finksburg counterparts.
After a scoreless first inning, Westminster scored six runs in the second. Bobby Warfield started the inning with a single and capped it with a two-out, two-run single as Westminster sent 10 batters to the plate.
Warfield and Casey Davis combined to limit Finksburg to five hits. Warfield started and pitched three innings to get the win.
"It was a good first game," said Westminster coach Matt Tozer.
"We got some good starting pitching from Warfield, timely hitting and scored some runs when we needed to and got solid defense."
Warfield and Tim Frame both collected two hits and scored two runs for Westminster. Eric Talvik had two hits for Finksburg.