Northwest Little League rallies to championship glory

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The Northwest Little League 12U all-stars captured the District Championship on Monday. The team had to rally back from a 6-0 hole to secure the prestigious title. (photo by Maureen Minehan)
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The Northwest Little League 12U all-stars captured the District Championship on Monday with a 7-6 victory at Fort Lincoln Field.

In the title game, Northwest rallied past an all-star team that combined the Mamie Johnson and Satchel Paige leagues. The team faced down a 6-0 deficit with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, but refused to blink. Every player on the squad — Brock Alpher, Ken Bailey, Tom Bourque, Andrew Catron, Elliott Eaton, Mariano Frare-Finnerty, Caleb Grim, Roland Hartman, Miles Huh, Will Koopersmith, Thomas Luck, Clark Mocek, Colin Rogers and Jack Sague — pitched in as the team found a path to victory.

During the rally, Catron, Eaton, Mocek, Luck, Hartman, Koopersmith, Sague, Alpher and Bailey all tied for the team lead in hits.

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“This is the most resilient team I’ve had the pleasure of coaching,” said coach Ricky Davenport.

Northwest got a boost when Mocek hit a homer to spark the comeback. He was followed by hits from Luck, Hartman, Koopersmith, Sague and Eaton to erase the deficit and snatch victory. On the mound, Eaton closed the game out with two shutout innings.

Northwest will now head to Bristol, Conn., this weekend to represent the District in the Little League’s Mid-Atlantic regional tournament — the final test before the Little League World Series. The team’s first game of this regional is scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.