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Little Leaguer All-Stars are heating up this time of year, and you can certainly tell by the nominations coming in. It goes without saying that this can make the selections difficult, as we’re hearing some of the most incredible underdog and come-back stories of the year. It’s only fitting that the GameChanger of the Week combines both elements.
Without further ado, the GameChanger of the Week for July 16th is the Capitol Hill Little League 9/10 All-Stars. In only its second year in existence, the Capitol Hill Little League was facing a traditional DC powerhouse for the City Championship and a chance to advance to the Maryland State Tournament was on the line. The game got off to a rough start, and the CHLL found themselves down 5-0 in the second inning.
By the top of the 6th, the Capitol Hill LL was not only down 7-2, but they had two outs with runners on first and second. Defeat was almost certain. But defeating the Capitol Hill LL would not prove so easy. A single and a walk brought the top of the order where Chance Legere brought in two with a double, bringing the score to 7-5. A HBP re-loaded the bases with their #3 hitter to the plate. With a 2-1 count, Aidan Lowe roped a double to straight-away center field and the game was tied.
After holding their opponents scoreless to push the game to extra innings, their bats stayed hot, scoring 7 runs to take a commanding lead and, finally, their first City Championship as well. Aided by 21 Quality At-Bats and 8(!) 2-outs RBIs, the Capitol Hill Little League overcame the power-house of DC with a huge comeback win. That calls for winning GameChanger of the Week.
Caden Bressler did something that has never happened in a Major League Baseball game: struck out 5 batters in one inning. It helped him reach 19 K’s in only 6 innings.
The Enid Yard Dogs 11U team took USSSA 11UAA World Series in Edmond, OK by winning 4 straight games (two over the Winner’s bracket champion for the tournament victory) in 10 straight hours of baseball.
The Central Loudoun Little League won the Virginia District 16 LL tournament for the first time in 32 years! It’s worth the wait, as they head to the Virginia State LL tournament. We wish them luck.