LITTLE LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Milton captures District III Major League baseball title

Members of the Milton Major League baseball team stand with their District III banner Sunday night. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

MILTON — For the third straight year, Milton Little League will represent District III in the Major League baseball state tournament.

With Sunday night’s 11-0 shutout win over Lewes/Rehoboth in the District III championship game, Milton completed the tourney with a 4-0 record to earn its place in the state tourney.

“It feels awesome. Now we get to go on to states and try to win some more games,” said starting pitcher Jayceon White.

The state tournament, hosted by Milford, is scheduled to run July 23-27.

“Every night, we get production from up and down the lineup and even if they don’t do it with the bat, we have great pitching,” said Milton manager Paris Mitchell. “Jayceon had great pitching tonight. We knew we were deep. This is a team that’s built for a long tournament and that’s what District III is. So, when we get to states we feel like we have a nice chance.”

It took only four innings for Milton to pull away to the double-digit win, with White hurling a four-hit shutout with a pair of strikeouts.

Milton starting pitcher Jayceon White pitched a four-inning shutout and contributed an RBI double in the shortened game Sunday night. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

Milton quickly jumped ahead in the top of the first, plating three runs off a Nolan Barry two-run single and a Tyler Jacona run on a passed ball.

Jacona came back out in the top of the second inning with an RBI single, driving in Gage Joseph to extend the lead to 4-0.

Barry scored a run on a White fielder’s choice in the top half of the third inning to put Milton ahead 5-0.

A six-run fourth inning then broke the game open for Milton.

Jacona’s RBI double to left field in the inning’s second at-bat started the scoring surge and it was quickly followed by a two-run homer from Bryce Dominick in the very next at-bat.

“I knew I was due, I needed a hit. I wasn’t expecting that, but it worked out for us,” Dominick said of his home run to deep left field.

Back-to-back doubles from White and Trey Hitchcock completed the six-run fourth inning and White finished the deal with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out in the bottom half of the inning to clinch the mercy-rule victory.

“Getting out to a lead in the first inning was huge,” Mitchell said. “I think we scored three in the first inning and I knew we were going to play well from then on because it just takes a massive weight off your shoulders to get in front and ride it.”

District I

Camden-Wyoming 10, Dover 9: Camden-Wyoming built a 9-0 lead before holding off Dover on Sunday evening to reach the District I finals.

C-W (3-1), which has won three straight games in the losers’ bracket, faces M.O.T. (3-0) today at 7 p.m. in Milford in the championship game. Camden-Wyoming needs a victory to force a second game for the title on Tuesday.

M.O.T. is trying to capture the league’s seventh straight district crown.

Colson Bennett and Colby Parenteau both hit two-run homers for C-W with Anthony Hatch (2-for-3, triple, 2 RBI), Thomas Sprague (2-for-4, 3 runs) and Graham Buckson (2-for-4, 3 runs) also leadng the way. Buckson and Bennett combined to pitch for Camden-Wyoming.

For C-W, the victory avenged a one-run loss to Dover earlier in the tournament.

Gavin Smith had a triple and three RBI for Dover (2-2) with Connor Ridgeway adding a pair of hits.

Junior League

Smyrna 4, M.O.T 3: Caden Daniels scored on a fly ball from Jake Macey as Smyrna-Clayton reached the District I finals.

Smyrna-Clayton (2-1) will face Camden-Wyoming (2-0) today at 7 p.m. at M.O.T. Smyrna-Clayton needs a win to force a second title game on Tuesday.

In Sunday’s victory, Smyrna-Clayton was paced by Derek Davis (double, 1 RBI, 4 shutout innings pitched), Sean Mannering (1 hit, 1 run), Holden Connell (1 hit, 1 RBI), Nolan Fretz (1 run, pitched last 1 2/3 innings) and Macey (2 RBI, 1 run).

M.O.T. was led by Justin Shelts (2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 run) and Quin Windett (1 hit, 2 RBI) while Matt Lewis, Chad Lawrence and Tyler Mayer added one hit apiece.

8-10 year olds

M.O.T. 11, Camden-Wyoming 1: M.O.T. advanced to the District I title after improving to 3-0 on Sunday.

M.O.T. will play again on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Camden-Wyoming. C-W (1-1) hosts Dover (3-1) today at 7 p.m. in the losers’ bracket finals.

Dover 15, Felton-Harrington 3: Dover (3-1) won its second-straight losers’ bracket game to stay alive in the tourney.

American Legion

DelVets sweep Harrington: Harrington Post 7 was swept by DelVets, 13-3, 14-1, in an American Legion twinbill at Milford High on Sunday.

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