BANGOR, Maine — Pennsylvania state champ Johnsonburg scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday for a 7-6 come-from-behind victory that knocked Maryland champ Caroline North out of the Senior Eastern Regional baseball tournament at Mansfield Stadium, on Tuesday afternoon.
Caroline North (11-2), which won the Maryland title for the second straight year on July 12, finished fourth in the 10-state region with the loss.
Chris Curler’s double gave Caroline North a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but Johnsonburg replied in the third with four runs. Caroline North scored once on an error in the top of the fourth. Johnsonburg replied with a run in the home fourth for a 5-2 lead.
Three Caroline North runs in the fifth, on Kyler Boyd’s triple, a wild pitch, and Jaden Rowan’s single, tied the game at 5-5. It stayed that way until the top of the eighth.
Caroline North’s P.J. Gunther walked with two outs and Tanner Young single. Boyd’s single a moment later scored Gunther to make it 6-5.
But a leadoff single, a steal, a wild pitch, a two-out walk, and a second steal in the home half of the eighth put two men in scoring position for Johnsonburg. A single scored both Johnsonburg runners, ending the game.
The Maryland champion team includes, for the second straight year, players from Colonel Richardson, North Caroline, and Queen Anne’s County High Schools. It is coached by Jerry Stewart, Warren White, and Mike Willoughby.
The team’s roster included Jordan Acree, Jeremy Bedford, Kyler Boyd, Adam Boyles, Chrystian Brewer, Josh Cohee, Chris Curler, P. J. Gunther, Owen Nagel, Mason Pate, Jaden Rowan, Kyle Speas, Will Turner, Jayden Watkins, Chad Willoughby, and Tanner Young.
Senior Little League, which involves players aged 14-16, is the highest level of Little League play for both baseball and softball. The winner of the East Region will take part in the Senior Little League Baseball World Series next week in Easley, S.C.