FREDERICK -- The Taneytown Little League team jumped out to an early lead then had to hold off a pesky Frederick American team for an 8-7 win in the District 2 opener Tuesday night at Austin F. Angleberger Memorial Stadium.
Taneytown will next face Frederick American at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Taneytown Memorial Park in a winner's bracket contest.
Westminster, meanwhile, lost to Brunswick, 5-3, in a first-round game Monday and plays again Friday.
After Frederick American jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, Taneytown answered with four runs of its own in its half of the inning -- capped by a three-runner homer by starting pitcher Arnold Johnson that easily cleared the center-field fence.
They got four more in the bottom of the second on a grand slam by Vince Stonesifer to make it 8-3.
Frederick chipped away one in the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth before Danny Johnson came in relief and shut down the Frederick attack one-two-three in the top of the sixth.
"We had good defense and two big hits," said Taneytown manager Mike Stonesifer.
"Arnold [Johnson] was getting tired so we brought Danny in and he did a good job. It was good defense and timely hitting."
Some of the good defense came in the top of the fourth, after Frederick had already pushed two runs across. With two on, Tanyetown got out of the inning with a nifty double play.
While Frederick was rallying in the middle innings, Taneytown bats were silenced by pitcher Jimmy Smith -- who pitched well after the shaky first two innings.
That set the stage for the top of the sixth, where Danny Johnson induced an infield pop up, a strike out and ended the game with a line out to right.
It'll be back to the drawing board on Friday for the Westminster Little League team, which dropped a 5-3 decision to Brunswick on Monday, sending them to a loser's bracket game against Thurmont.
Westminster squandered numerous scoring opportunities in Monday's loss, while Brunswick got the most of its two hits on the night.
Tommy Dozier smacked a three-run homer in the first and Nick Fenzel hit a two-run triple in the fourth to account for the five Brunswick runs.
Westminster, meanwhile, came up empty in the first after having runners on second and third with no outs and again in the third with the bases loaded and one out.
"We left 11 runners on base and had two more thrown out on the bases in the first five innings," said Westminster manager Butch Adams yesterday.
"Our hitting wasn't timely enough. I just told the kids that those were opportunities we just missed and we can't dwell on it; you just have to realize how important those situations are and concentrate a little more the next time."
Westminster will play host to Thurmont -- which lost, 7-6, to East Frederick in Monday's other district opener -- at 6 p.m. Friday at Bennett Cerf Memorial Park in Westminster.