The District 2 Tournament began June 30th with 8 teams for the 12U Little League All-stars:
1. Montgomery County Little League – Lower County (MoCo LoCo)
a. Manager – Jason Davis
b. Coach – Darren Bumbaugh
c. Coach – Ray Thomas
2. Montgomery County Little League – Upper County
3. Four County Little League
4. Frederick National Little League
5. East Frederick Little League
6. Brunswick Little League
7. Thurmont Little League
8. Mountain Valley Little League
12U All-star players:
This is the first tournament in the road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA which is every young baseball players dream.
The tournament structure begins with the District tournament, followed by the State tournament, followed by the Regional Tournament (which is held in Bristol, CT for the Mid-Atlantic region).The last leg is the Little League World Series, held in Williamsport PA each year.
The district tournament was not going to be an easy task as the returning District 2 champions, Thurmont Little League, was expected to be just as strong as last year with Frederick National and Brunswick Little League not far behind.
Game 1 (June 30 vs Brunswick LL)
Montgomery County Little League MoCo LoCo started the District 2 tournament against Brunswick LL.
the game ended up being a pitchers dual. A few silly errors and silent bats kept MoCo LoCo in the hole and they could not get anything started at any point in the game. MoCo LoCo lost, 5-1.
This meant they had to win their way through the loser’s bracket– with the potential of facing Brunswick at some point down the road.
Game 2 (July 1 vs Four County LL)
MoCo LoCo faced Four County LL at the MoCo LoCo home field North Chevy Chase Park. The MoCo LoCo bats started to come alive during a strong pitching outing by Max Ferguson. MoCo LoCo was able to come away with a 7-4 win, starting their long battle back through the loser’s bracket. Ferguson was able to strike out 7 in the game to keep the Four County batters in check. Jadon Bumbaugh closed out the game with 5 K’s in the last two innings.
Game 3 (July 2 vs Mountain Valley LL)
Brandon Sun pitched a shut-out game for MoCo LoCo as they defeated Mountain Valley Little League 8-0. Sun threw a gem, pitching 6 innings with 4 K’s, 2 hits, and zero runs.
Asher Friedman and Jadon Bumbaugh went 2 for 3 this game, with both players driving in runs. Max Dober, Miles Kessler, JoJo Liebreich, Ari Snyder and Brandon Sun all had RBI’s as well.
Game 4 (July 3rd vs East Frederick LL)
MoCo LoCo 12U All Stars defeated EFLL 12U All-Stars 10-0 on Tuesday, as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Tristan Davis struck out #8 to finish off the game.
MoCo LoCo got things started in the first inning when Jadon Bumbaugh doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
MoCo LoCo put up five runs in the third inning. Their big bats in the inning were led by singles by Isaac Kreisler and Sam Deichman, and a double by Ian Alves. Max Dober went 2 for 2 in the game while Asher Friedman and Isaac Kreisler went 3 for 3, securing the hits needed to walk away with the game.
Isaac Kreisler toed the rubber for MoCo LoCo All Stars. He went three and a third innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out eight, and walking zero.
MoCo LoCo All Stars totaled 15 hits in the game. Isaac Kreisler, Asher Friedman, and Max Dober all managed multiple hits for MoCo LoCo 12U All Stars. Asher Friedman and Isaac Kreisler all had three hits to lead MoCo LoCo.
Game 5 (July 5 vs Frederick National LL)
Both teams were strong on the pitcher’s mound for this game but MoCo LoCo All Stars defeated Frederick National LL 3-2. MoCo LoCo pitchers allowed just three hits to Frederick National LL.
Frederick National LL got things moving in the first inning with a 2 run single.
MoCo LoCo pulled away for good with two runs in the third inning when Jadon Bumbaugh crushed a long homer on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Miles K got the start for MoCo LoCo All Stars. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out five.
Isaac K went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars in hits. MoCo LoCo was sure-handed in this game and didn’t commit a single error. Asher Friedman made the most plays with ten.
Game 6 (July 6 vs Brunswick LL)
To no-one’s surprise, MoCo LoCo’s first championship game would be against Brunswick LL, who ended up making it through the bracket undefeated. A tough task, as they’d have to win this game on their home field and then once again the next day to win it all.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars Defeats Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars Despite Allowing 3-Run Inning.
MoCo LoCo managed through a push by Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars in the fifth inning where MoCo LoCocoughed up three runs, but MoCo LoCo was able to pull out a 4-3 win in the end.
Jadon Bumbaugh was on the pitcher’s mound for Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars. He went four and a third innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out eight.
MoCo LoCo collected 12 hits on the day. Max Ferguson, Isaac Kreisler, Miles Kessler , Asher Friedman, and Brandon Sun each managed multiple hits for MoCo LoCo.
The final push came in the last inning with the bases loaded and Brunswick LL’s pitcher threw a wild pitch that went back to the backstop allowing Miles Kessler to make a dash for the plate scoring the game wining walk off run.
Game 7 (July 7 vs Brunswick LL)
This was going to be tough and MoCo LoCo knew Brunswick was going to be ready for them.
Brunswick LL started out Strong in the first half inning, putting up 5 runs on the board.
MoCo LoCo answered by putting up 10 runs in bottom of the first inning.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars got out to a six-run lead in the third inning and held on for an 11-9 victory over Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars on Saturday. Brunswick LL 12U All-Stars scored four runs in the failed comeback.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars grabbed an early lead. Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars scored on a fielder’s choice by Isaac Kreisler, a single by Asher Friedman, a walk by Sam Deichman, a lightning tripledown the 3rd base line by Tristan Davis, followed by a double by Miles K, and then a home run by Jadon B in the first inning. That was Bumbaugh’ s 2nd home run of the tournament and both had critical game winning implications.
Asher led things off on the pitcher’s mound for MoCo LoCo going one-third of an inning, allowing five runs on four hits and walking zero. Brandon Sun came in to finish 4 solid innings only allowing 3 runs and striking out 5.
After a rough start by Brunswick’s opening pitcher their reliever threw the final four and two-thirds innings in relief giving up 4 earned runs in total.
Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars socked one home run on the day. Jadon Bumbaugh went deep in the first inning. Moco LoCo also racked up ten hits on the day. Jadon Bumbaugh and Miles Kessler each collected multiple hits for Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars. Jadon Bumbaugh led Montgomery County LL 12U All Stars with three hits in three at bats.
MoCo LoCo held on to victory and brought home the Maryland District 2 Little League title, winning 6 straight after their opening loss!
After winning the state championship, the team is now two wins away from the Little League World Series! Their game is this morning (Monday, Aug. 9 at 10am) and can be watched on ESPN+.