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Year after World Series appearance, all stars are back

(July 9, 2015) All-star season is back in Berlin, and expectations are high a year after the town sent one team to the regional finals and another all the way to the Little League Intermediate World Series.
This year, according to Craig Lynch, coach of the 9-10-year-old all-stars, Berlin has more than a half-dozen teams in action, including five baseball teams and two softball teams.
In Little League baseball action, the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 district teams recently began play, as well as the 9-10 and 11-12 tournament teams. 
So far, the 9-10 all-stars are 2-0, winning their most recent game, against Pocomoke on Monday, 25-0. The team also won 13-2 against Willards on July 2.
Lynch, an the assistant coach last year, said five players from last year’s state championship winning team returned to play this year.
“We’re younger than we were last year. The expectation is to … compete for a state title again, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Lynch said. “The kids are excited. They’re working hard each and every day.”
The real season, Lynch said, started on Wednesday. Berlin played the Fruitland all-stars, in Fruitland, after press time.
“The winner of that game wins the pool, which gives them the first seed going into the semifinals of the district,” Lynch said. “We’re working hard and the first goal is to win the district title, then go up to states and compete for the state title.”
With a win, the 9-10 Berlin all stars advance as the first seed in their pool in district play. If Berlin loses, the team will enter as the second seed.