Jr. Hawks Battle to Grab Spot in World Series

The U-12 Jr. Hawks, state runner-ups in the Cal Ripken Tournament, are out to win the Middle Atlantic Regionals and earn a spot playing in the Ripken Series. Front row: Andrew Bullock, Jarrett Jacobs, Brady Lowe, Tyler Scholz, Riley Barry and Coach Jay Jacobs. Back Row: Head Coach Chuck Washabaugh, Coach Tim Mellott, Colin Murphey, Josh Faulconer, Ryan Washabaugh, Sam McFadden, Parker Mellott, Logan Haggerty, Ian Faulconer and Coach Dan Lowe.

The Urbana Jr. Hawks’ 10-, 11- and 12-under Cal Ripken Baseball teams spent their July slugging it out with state teams in tournament play.

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.

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