(Aug. 2, 2019) The Berlin Little League All-Star Junior and 8-10 teams kick off their regional tournament games this weekend.
The 8-10 All-Star team hopes to continue its winning streak as the group prepares to play New Jersey on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Cranston, Rhode Island, in the opening round of the regional tournament.
“They are anxious and ready to play baseball,” Coach Ron Calloway said of his undefeated, 9-0, squad. “They are really looking forward to it and I think they will do well.”
During the regional tournament, each team will be guaranteed four games before vying for the Mid-Atlantic championship.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Calloway said. “They’re really excited to go. This is a unique experience … a lot of them haven’t been through this before. As they go from districts to state and now regionals, I think they know they’re representing Maryland and that a lot of people are behind them. They’re up to the task.”
After Sunday’s game, the Berlin team will play a squad from Pennsylvania on Monday at 11 a.m.
The boys will have a short break on Tuesday, then face a team from New York on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The last guaranteed game for regionals will take place on Thursday, when Berlin will battle a team from Delaware at 5 p.m.
The 8-10 district and state championship team has a GoFundMe page to help raise funds needed for travel, hotel and food expenses during the tournament.
“We’re very close to our goal, but we could always use more donations,” Calloway said. “I also want to mention the dedication and sacrifice of the parents … they have to call out of work and travel. They have been so dedicated to the team.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/berlin-ll-910-on-the-road-to-rhode-lsland.
The undefeated 12-14 Junior League team (9-0) will play its first game of the regional tournament in Freehold, New Jersey, on Thursday, against a squad from Rhode Island at 10 a.m.
“These boys are ready to go and represent Maryland and Berlin,” Coach Kris Mandley said of his district and state championship squad. “We want to thank all for the love and support everyone had shown these boys and all the teams that represented Berlin.”
If the Berlin team wins on Thursday, the next game will be against a squad representing New York at 4 p.m., Friday.
If the boys lose, their next game will be against the winner of the Delaware vs. Pennsylvania game, at 1 p.m., Friday.
The Berlin squad will play again Saturday and Sunday if it wins at least one of the first two games.
“I think they are capable of winning it all,” Mandley said.
If the Berlin team wins four games in a row, the boys will earn a break on Monday. If not, the Berlin All Stars must play Monday. The championship game will take place on Tuesday.