FREDERICK -- The lead had changed hands twice when Frederick American Federal's Keith Weddle's three-run home run broke an 8-8 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning to end Westminster's bid in the District II Little League Tournament for 11-12 year-olds.
"I'm proud of the way they came back," said Westminster's head coach Butch Adams of his team's 11-8 loss. "I give American a lot of credit. It was like two guys fighting it out."
Westminster took the lead in the third inning on starting pitcher ,, Matt Bowers' three-run home run.
Bowers (2-3, four RBI) also got the first Westminster run with a double down the left field line to score John Hill in the second ining. Hill had reached base on a fielder's choice.
Westminster's five-run surge in the third inning came with two outs.
Hank Adams reached base on an error, and Jake Puckett walked to put runners on first and second.
Tom Herb drove a line shot into the gap in left-center field to score Adams and Puckett.
Frederick retook the lead in their half of the third inning using four runs, four hits and a Westminster error.
Frederick went into high gear when Timmy Fry singled and scored on a single by Justin Kupp and an error by center fielder Herd.
A sacrifice bunt by starting pitcher Chris Cetineo scored Kupp for an 8-6 game. Westminster did not give up, and in the fourth inning tied the game.
Puckett hit a towering two-run home run and tied the game at 8-all in the fourth.
The American team started things off with a four-run first inning ,, capped off with a bouncing infield ball that resulted in two errors by Westminster.
With the bases loaded, Fry bunted past pitcher Bowers and through the glove of second baseman Hank Adams. The ball continued to roll past center fielder Herb, allowing three runs to come in.
Josh Casserly came on in relief of Bowers in the fourth inning and gave up three hits, including Weddle's home run.
"Josh came in and pitched a beautiful game," said coach Adams. "He moved the ball in and out, and the home run was a good pitch that he [Weddle] just drove to right-center field."