Camden-Wyoming forces District I Major League title shot vs. M.O.T.

Thomas Sprague of Camden-Wyoming is swarmed by his teammates after blasting a solo homer in the 4th inning against M.O.T. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

MILFORD — In a must-win situation Monday night, Camden-Wyoming’s bats came up big in its 9-4 victory over M.O.T. at Milford Little League.

After dropping the first game of the District I tournament, C-W has picked up four straight wins and now finds itself one win away from the Major League baseball district title.

C-W pitcher Anthony Hatch sends a fastball to the plate against M.O.T.

“We came out aggressive and the kids came through,” said C-W manager Brent Parenteau. “We’ve been playing in the losers’ bracket since the first night, we had our backs against the wall and tonight they responded.”

In the double-elimination tourney, Camden-Wyoming (4-1) and M.O.T. (3-1) will now play a winner-take-all championship game tonight at Milford Little League. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

While M.O.T. is trying to win the district for the 16th time in the last 17 years, Camden-Wyoming is looking to capture its first district crown since 2001 in Little League’s age group for 11-12 year olds.

“They’ve had our number for several years, so it’s nice to get them,” said Parenteau. “We’ll come back out tomorrow night and give them everything we’ve got.”

“It feels so good, because they haven’t lost yet,” said Camden-Wyoming starting pitcher Anthony Hatch.

Jackson Dorsey of M.O.T. gets a high-five from his coach after hitting an RBI single to tie the score 1-1.

On the mound, Hatch tossed 3.2 innings and allowed three runs with seven strikeouts.

“I just wanted to throw strikes and hope the guys behind me helped me out on defense,” he said. “They were amazing at the plate. I didn’t hit that well tonight, but they did very good.”

“Anthony was big on the mound. He settled in, got us in to the fourth, we go to Cole Ratliff and he closed the door on them. It was a good finish,” Parenteau said.

Ratliff threw the last 2.1 innings on the mound, surrendering just one M.O.T. run while striking out three batters.

After trading a pair of first-inning runs, C-W’s offense produced four third-inning runs on a two-run double off the bat of Colby Parenteau and a two-run single from Steven Donigan.

Thomas Sprague hit a solo home run to dead center field in the top half of the fourth inning, extending the C-W lead to 6-3.

“They called a strike on the first pitch — I didn’t think it was a strike — but then he came back and threw it again and I just hit it. It felt really good,” Sprague said.

Colby Parenteau connects for a leadoff single for Camden-Wyoming in the 2nd inning.

Bennett’s RBI double and a two-run single from Shane Brown in the top half of the sixth closed out the scoring for Camden-Wyoming.

“We had some big hits tonight. A couple guys early in the game — Thomas with the home run, Colby went 2-for-2 early with a big double — those guys got us going and then we just kept tacking on,” Parenteau said.

“We’re just going to do the best we can and hopefully we’re on the right side of it tomorrow night.”

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