2021 | Sports

Montgomery County season ends, short of Little League World Series

Team was first in county history to win state Little League tournament

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Montgomery County-Lower Little League is the first team ever from the county to win the state championship. Its season ended Tuesday in the Little League Mid-Atlantic regional tournament in a 1-0 loss to Capitol City Little League of Washington, D.C.

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An historic season for some young Montgomery County baseball players came to an end Tuesday.

The Montgomery County-Lower Little League team, based in Bethesda, was eliminated when it lost its second game of the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament 1-0 on Tuesday to Capitol City Little League of Washington D.C.

Teams from the Mid-Atlantic were competing in Bristol, Conn., for a chance to play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Montgomery County-Lower lost to Toms River, N.J., 3-1 on Monday in its only other game in the Mid-Atlantic region tournament.

On Tuesday, Montgomery County-Lower and Capitol City battled through five scoreless innings.

But Capitol City ended up with a walkoff win in the bottom of the sixth. A Capitol City batter struck out, but Montgomery County’s catcher dropped the third strike, allowing a runner from third to score the winning run.

Montgomery County-Lower was the first team in the county’s history to win the state tournament, qualifying it for the regional championship.

In the state tournament, Montgomery County lost its first game 1-0, before winning five straight games to advance to the regional tournament. 

Montgomery County-Lower also represents Potomac and Silver Spring. Another county-based team represents North Potomac up to near Clarksburg. 

Craig Dober, the head coach of Montgomery County-Lower, said Tuesday’s loss was tough. But he added that he “couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids to coach.”

Dober, whose son Marcus was on the team, said he reminded the players that “no one can take away” the fact they were the first Little League team from the county to win the state tournament.

“It really was amazing and it was exhausting for the coaches and everyone involved, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Dober said.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com