The Northwest Little League 11-and-under squad crushed Capitol City 14-1 in a contest that was halted by a mercy rule midway through the third inning, efficiently winning the D.C. championship.
The Northwest team — made up of Cole Huh, Leo Rossotto, Quinn Lindblom, Zach Isaacs, Matt Del Guercio, Tariq Ali, Ben Martin, Sam Rosand, Jackson Scarrow, Casey Edwards, Charlie Lapetina, Will Piron, Gabe Alexander and Mark Oesterle — posted a 2-0 record while topping the Capitol Hill and Capitol City squads en route to the crown. “This is a very balanced team — no true MVP,” said the squad’s coach Kil Huh.
Northwest took a modest 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning, but its bats came alive in the second, racking up eight runs. Overall, the team posted 12 hits during the contest.
On offense, Isaacs and Rosand led the way with a slew of hits, while Scarrow posted a team-high three RBIs and Edwards ripped a home run.
Meanwhile, the team’s defense stood tall, allowing only one run. “Isaacs was dominant on the mound for NWLL, pitching three-and-two-thirds innings and allowing only one hit and one earned run,” the coach said of the team’s defense.
Isaacs also struck out two batters and was aided by strong defensive play from Cole Huh and Alexander.
With the victory, Northwest moves on to the Maryland State Tournament in Easton on Saturday.
“We’ll face the district champions from throughout the state,” said coach Huh. “The competition will be very stiff, but this is one of the more balanced and talented teams that I’ve had the pleasure of coaching. They all work hard and take nothing for granted. More importantly, these athletes are a terrific group of kids who support each other and never let one another get down.”