(Aug. 16,2013) The Berlin All-Star 11-12-year-old team came up a little short of competing in the Little League World Series, when the local squad lost in the semifinal round of the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament, held in Bristol, Conn. Aug. 2-11.
“The (regional) competition, top to bottom, was better than what we faced most of the year, but I don’t think it was anything we weren’t ready for,” said Berlin Manager Cameron McDonough. “I don’t feel like we were playing our best baseball.”
Berlin won its first regional game, Aug. 2, 5-4 over New Jersey. The next day, they earned a 6-2 victory over Delaware. On Aug. 5, Washington D.C. edged out Maryland’s representatives 11-10. Pennsylvania shut out Berlin 2-0 the next day.
Despite two losses, Berlin advanced to the Aug. 10 semifinal game where the team met Pennsylvania again. Broadcast live on ESPNU, Berlin was eliminated from the tournament, falling to the Lionville team 9-3.
“We fell into a slump as a team and that ultimately caused problems,” McDonough said. “You have to hit the baseball to win and that proved to be the biggest issue for us. We (the coaches and players) still feel like we were the best team there.”
Delaware topped Pennsylvania 8-2 In the regional final to advance to the Little League World Series.
“It’s disappointing. If we were playing our best baseball, we could have won,” McDonough said.
Overall, the Berlin team had a very successful season. The squad finished with an overall record of 12-3.
Berlin went undefeated in District 8 competition. In six games, the boys outscored their opponents 95-9. They captured their third district title.
As the top team in its district, Berlin advanced to the state tournament. The local group won all four if its games to take home the Maryland title. The Berlin athletes outscored their opponents during the state tournament 23-6.
Berlin advanced and represented Maryland in the regional tournament.
“I’m proud of the boys and what the team has accomplished the past three years. I wouldn’t trade anyone for anything,” McDonough said. “They’re a tremendous group of kids on and off the field. I’m blessed to have been a part of their lives for the past three years.”