Camden-Wyoming walks off with Junior League baseball state title

Graham Buckson of Camden-Wyoming watches the ball after connecting on a pitch against Brandywine Friday night. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

SMYRNA — With a runner on third base, Eric Stewart just wanted to put the bat on the ball.

The Camden-Wyoming second baseman did just that when he dropped a bloop single into shallow right field, driving in Chrys Roscoe for the game-winning RBI single.

The 8-7 walk-off victory over Brandywine Friday night at Smyrna-Clayton Little League gave the Camden-Wyoming boys the Junior League baseball state championship in comeback fashion.

“I was looking to get it over the infield to get a base hit and get the runner home,” Stewart said. “It just feels amazing to get the win — we worked so hard for this.”

The victory puts Camden-Wyoming in the East Regional tournament in Freehold, New Jersey beginning Aug. 1.

Colby Parenteau gets back to first base ahead of a pickoff attempt against Brandywine.

“I knew we were a good team and I knew we had a chance to get far, but I never really expected us to get this far,” said Hunter Chambers. “We’re doing really well, and I just hope to carry it on to regionals.”

“Our team, we haven’t quit all tournament,” said C-W manager Joe Fredericks. “The community, everyone had high expectations for this team in the beginning and they all knew that. Down, up, whatever, we play the same level of baseball.

“When they were down, I talked to them and told them, ‘we don’t give up, we don’t give in. We play our game and just let our play do the talking. I’m proud of everyone on this team.”

C-W collected nine hits, with Stewart and Colby Parenteau’s two hits each leading the way. Roscoe, Chambers, Jaxon Monroney, Graham Buckson and Connor Nester each registered singles.

Brandywine collected five hits in the loss.

Chambers, Monroney and Colson Bennett combined on the mound for C-W.

“It just feels amazing, especially when you’re out in the field and your heart is just like in your stomach, you’re nervous and you just come up with the win. Best feeling in the world,” said Bennett.

C-W pitcher Jaxson Monroney gloves a pop fly and avoids a collision with third baseman Connor Nister.

With C-W trailing 5-2 heading into the sixth inning, Chambers hit a two-run single.

“I told them, ‘don’t quit, we’re better then this just play your game and play smart baseball,’” Fredericks said of his between-innings speech in the sixth.

Buckson drove in Patrick Easton on a single and Monroney drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to drive in Parenteau, bringing the score to within 5-4.

Chambers’ two-run single put the C-W boys ahead, 6-5, and brought life to the lineup in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“I knew he was going to give me a fastball to hit, and the first two I kind of knew he was coming with it but I kind of got out in front of it,” said Chambers. “That last one, I sat back and relaxed and just put a good swing on it.”

Nester dropped a single just in front of the left fielder in the following at-bat to drive in Monroney and extend the lead to 7-5.

Brandywine took advantage of a couple of C-W miscues – a fielding error and a passed ball – to knot the game, 7-7, in the top of the seventh inning.

Roscoe opened the bottom half of the seventh with a leadoff single to left field before moving over to second base on an Anthony Hatch fielder’s choice.

Parenteau singled Roscoe to third base, setting up Stewart’s title-clinching RBI single.

“I’m proud of everyone, I’m proud of the support we got from the community and I’m looking forward to regionals,” said Fredericks.

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