BRISTOL - Maryland made sure it was going to play for the Mid-Atlantic title.
Thanks to a big fourth inning, Maryland beat Pennsylvania 14-4 Friday night, avoiding elimination in the process.
Maryland will now play New Jersey tonight to see which one will advance to Willamsport, Pa.
Maryland exploded in the fourth inning with a total of 11 runs.
Griffin Puvel scored on a walk to get things started. Will Gisriel and Braden Bell were then both hit by pitches to bring home another two runs.
The team never looked back.
Two RBI doubles by McMannis and Puvel increased Maryland’s lead to 10-3.
Simanski the delivered a grand slam to cap off the game 14-3.
Pennsylvania took the early lead in the first inning, scoring two runs when Cam Paquette singled. Jake Voynar’s double RBI extended Pennsylvania’s lead 3-0.
Maryland’s Josh Skowronski and Joey McMannis both singled to tie the game at three in the top of the third inning.
Pennsylvania would only score once more in the bottom of the fourth before calling the game.
Maryland’s game against New Jersey-Holbrook Little League will be at 7 p.m.
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