The 12-U Hawks won the Frederick District championship over Glade Valley (GVAA) to advance to the state tournament in Charles County.
In pool play, the Hawks finished at 3-1, with victories over Mt. Airy, Calvert County, and Hickory, earning a number one seed at the state tournament.
The team won its semi-finals game 8-6 over St. Mary’s County.
The Hawks then went onto face the Charles County Chargers — the defending state champions — but lost the matchup 14-0.
Despite the loss, Urbana gets the chance to play in the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament in Clifton Park, N.Y., and if they win it all, will secure a slot in the World Series in Aberdeen, Md., this month.
“They are the first team from Urbana to advance to a regional tournament in 20-plus years,” said Urbana Jr. Hawks’ Communications Director Eric Scholz.
With the win, Charles County has already advanced to the World Series.
The 10-U Hawks were pleased to host the Ripken Tournament at both its Araby and Urbana Park fields.
“Teams formed throughout Maryland came to Urbana for a long three-day weekend,” said Scholz.
Urbana earned the number one seed by going 4-0 in pool play.
The Hawks defeated Emmittsburg 6-0 in semi-finals action; however, the team fell to the Hickory Hornets 18-1 in the state championship game.
“With reaching the semi-finals for this season, they are the only team at this age group to reach the semi-finals for the last three seasons in the entire state of Maryland,” said Hawks’ Coach and League Vice President Michael Hayden. “What that means is they reached the semi-finals as 8, 9 and 10 year olds. No other team in our age group has achieved this feat.”
In 11-U action, the Hawks went 2-1 in pool play, advancing to the quarter-finals game at Utica Park. Urbana was up early, but couldn’t hang on for the win against GVAA in a close game.