Local roundup: C-W reaches Junior baseball state finals

Colson Bennett tries to score from third on an infield grounder as Cape Henlopen catcher Isaac Terhune handles the throw and applies the tag. Special to the State News/Gary Emeigh

Camden-Wyoming reached the state finals by posting a 4-1 victory over Cape-Georgetown in Junior League baseball on Wednesday evening.

District I champion Camden-Wyoming (1-0) will play for the title on Friday at 7 p.m. at Smyrna-Clayton.

Cape-Georgetown (1-1), the District II champion, plays Brandywine (0-1) today at 7 p.m. in the losers’ bracket. The state champion advances to the East Regional in Freehold Township, N.J.

Major League

Newark National 5, Lower Sussex 1: Newark National used a four-run third inning to take control before capturing the state title on Wednesday night.

The Major state crown was the fifth for Newark National since 2011 and the 10th for the program overall since winning the first title in 1957. The District II champions advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Lower Sussex (2-2) beat M.O.T., 6-2, in the completion of a suspended game earlier in the evening to reach the state finals. The District III champions then took an early lead against Newark National (2-0) with a run in the first.

But Newark National took the lead for good with its four runs in the third and another run in the fifth.

Lower Sussex rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth and still had two runners on base when Newark National ended the game on a called third strike.

Lower Sussex 6, M.O.T. 2: In the continuation of a game that was suspended by rain on Tuesday night, Lower Sussex closed out the victory.

Already leading 3-0 in the third inning when the contest restarted, Lower Sussex stretched its advantage to 6-0 before M.O.T. scored twice in the sixth.

Senior League

Naamans 9, Pennsylvania 8: Delaware state champion Naamans is heading to its second straight Senior League World Series after edging Pennsylvania for the East title on Wednesday in Bangor, Maine.

Naamans went 5-0 in the regional, including a pair of wins over Pennsylvania, to earn a return trip to the World Series in Easley, S.C.

In Wednesday’s victory, Naamans had to rally from a 7-1 deficit after Pennsylvania erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the first.

Naamans took its first lead of the game at 9-7 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before limiting Pennsylvania to one run in the bottom of the inning.


Junior League

District III reaches East finals: Laurel-Millsboro-Nanticoke blanked Connecticut, 2-0, on Wednesday to reach the East finals in Orange, Conn.

Facing New York in the first game of a best-of-three series, the District III squad then fell, 4-1, on Wednesday afternoon.

Laurel-Millsboro-Nanticoke (4-2) will play New York again today at 9 a.m. needing a victory to force a second game for the East title. The East champion advances to the World Series in Kirkland, Wash.

Against Connecticut, the Delaware state champions scored both their runs in the fourth inning. McKenna Boyle had an RBI and pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts to earn the shutout.

In the loss to New York, Laurel-Millsboro-Nanticoke took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the third before New York answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Bree Coral and Jordyn Evans had two hits apiece for District III with Emma Cooper driving in the lone run.

Senior League

Massachusetts 12, Smyrna-Clayton 0: The Delaware state champions’ run in the East Regional ended with the shutout loss on Wednesday.

Smyrna-Clayton finished 1-4 in the tournament being played in Worcester, Mass.

Massachusetts scored five runs in the first inning and six in the fourth while out-hitting Smyrna-Clayton, 17-1. The East champion will play in World Series at Lower Sussex.

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