The Federal Little League 9-10 All-Stars are one victory away from a Maryland state Little League championship.
Brayden Quirple had three hits, including a triple, drove in two runs and earned the victory on the mound as Federal defeated Frederick National 9-5 in the championship round Friday night.
Federal — which fought its way through the losers’ bracket to reach the championship round — will face Frederick National again Sunday at 2 p.m. The winner will be crowned the state champion.
The championship game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m., but was rained out and moved to Sunday.
Federal took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Quirple hit a two-out single to get things started, and Ben Caldwell followed with an RBI triple to the gap. Ian Selby walked before Caldwell scored on a Frederick National error.
Federal doubled its lead in the third. Selby and Dylan Watson hit back-to-back singles to set up Jaylend Williams’ two-run single for a 4-0 advantage.
Federal made it 6-0 in the top of the fourth. Braden Kolb singled to set up Quirple’s RBI triple to the fence. Caldwell followed with a sacrifice fly.
Quirple pitched three scoreless innings before Frederick National got on the board with a three-run fourth to cut Federal’s lead to 6-3. The runs scored on a throwing error, an RBI triple and a fielder’s choice.
Frederick National cut the lead to one, 6-5, with two runs on two hits in the fifth. Quirple’s outing ended after 77 pitches — he struck out three.
Federal pushed the lead back to four, 9-5, with a three-run sixth. Kolb started the inning with a triple for his second hit of the game, and scored on Quirple’s single. Caldwell singled, and later in the inning pinch runner Kyle Corley stole home to make it 8-5. Garrett Kercheval drove in the final run with a single.
Kolb wrapped up the victory in relief in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a single but getting a strikeout and two groundouts.