Frederick County National advances in Junior League World Series

TAYLOR, Mich. – Frederick County National fell to New Jersey, 6-1, in the final round of U.S. pool play of the Junior League World Series Thursday night but it ultimately came out the winner.

Despite the loss, Frederick County was awarded the second seed in Saturday’s U.S. championship via tiebreaker over New Jersey and Hawaii after all three teams finished pool play with a 2-2 record.

Frederick County National will take on Johnston, Iowa – which went 4-0 in pool play – in the U.S. championship game Saturday at 6 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Junior League World Series championship game – to be aired on ESPN – against the International champion at 1 p.m. Sunday. Frederick County lost to Iowa, 9-4, in pool on Monday.

Frederick County, which picked up wins over Texas (2-1 on Sunday) and Hawaii (10-0 Tuesday) earlier this week, mustered only three hits against New Jersey Thursday night. Cris Burger, Calvin Bowser and Haden Madagan each had singles for Frederick County. Frank Ritter scored the team’s lone run on an error in the top of the fifth inning.

Ritter also pitched five innings for Frederick County, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, a walk and a strikeout. Chandler Ballenger pitched one inning of relief and surrendered an unearned run on a hit while striking out two.