C-W eyes next Junior League baseball regional game after upset over Pa.

Photo courtesy of Camden-Wyoming Little League

When Camden-Wyoming arrived in Freehold, N.J. for the Junior League baseball East Regional, the talk was about how good the team from Pennsylvania was.

As luck would have it, that is who Camden-Wyoming was matched up against for its first game.

But the Delaware state champions kept the same approach for the game that they’ve had all summer.

“No one was scared,” said manager Joe Fredericks. “We always take it one game at a time. We could be playing the Houston Astros and we would have the same approach. It’s what we’ve done all summer no matter who we’re playing.”

Pennsylvania made the World Series last year, but C-W earned a 17-7 victory on Thursday night.

The win has Camden-Wyoming 1-0 entering tonight’s contest of the double-elimination tournament. It plays the winner of Friday’s late game between Massachusetts and New Jersey in the winners bracket.

Camden-Wyoming quickly established itself against Pennsylvania with a seven-run third inning.

Chrys Roscoe and Colson Bennett each drove in four runs while Graham Buckson added three RBI. Roscoe recorded two doubles and Jaxson Monroney scored three runs.

When Pennsylvania drew within three runs at 7-4, Camden-Wyoming didn’t panic. Instead it responded with five runs in the fourth.

“Since we’ve started I’ve stressed teamwork and just playing together,” Fredericks said. “The kids have done a great job of that. They’ve really come together. If someone makes a bad play, they’re all there to pick him up. We’re never intimidated.”

Camden-Wyoming was off Friday but still was at the ballpark to watch the other games. It also participated in the parade of championsy. The tournament director made some remarks that Fredericks said resonated with his squad.

“He said, ‘There were 213 teams in this tournament and you’re the final 10,” Fredericks said. “I think the kids really soaked that in. They’re excited to be here and playing together.”

Another special memory was how the group left for Freehold, N.J. The town gave the players quite the sendoff, as it left in a caravan of cars with an escort from the Camden police and fire companies.

“The caravan was really exciting for the kids,” Fredericks said. “I think they really enjoyed it.”

If Camden-Wyoming wins today, it will play at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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