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Epic Little League Championship Game Decided by Walk-Off Hit in Extra Innings

The game, at South Germantown Park, had already gone beyond the two-hour time limit. The sun was creating a beautiful Maryland sunset over the SoccerPlex on Monday evening. The game, which started at 6:00 pm, was running well past dinner time. The players were getting hungry. The parents were getting nervous as each pitch ratcheted up the tension.

The Yankees and the Rangers were locked in a battle for the championship of the Montgomery County Little League in the Majors Division — players 12 and under. A back-and-forth game, which featured four lead changes, ultimately ended in the bottom of the eighth inning on a walk-off hit from a player who had only knocked three other hits all year. The Rangers defeated the Yankees 12-11 in the eighth inning of the championship game.

“This what youth baseball is all about two good teams dueling it out, and ending in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off win, on a hit by a kid in the bottom of the lineup to get the winning run,” said Jason Arnold, president of the Montgomery County Little League after the game, which was played at Field C at South Germantown Park. The field that MCLL is making into a baseball lover’s dream.

The league and the County have installed a scoreboard in the centerfield and are in the process of building wooden dugouts along the first and third-base lines for players. According to Arnold, future plans include improved bleachers for seating and eventually lights to all for night baseball.

However, improvements to the areas around the field were nowhere near as exciting as the action on the field. The teams were evenly matched, with the Rangers bringing a 6-5-1 record to the game, and the Yankees a 6-6 record.