Local roundup: M.O.T. tops Dover 4-0 in District I Major League baseball tournament

M.O.T.’s Chase Timmons celebrates Carter Boyd’s two-run homer against Dover during Major League District I action in Milford. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

M.O.T. defeated Dover in the winner’s bracket final of the District I Major League baseball tournament 4-0 on Saturday night.

The result sends M.O.T. to the championship game on Tuesday night at Milford Little League. It will play the winner of Dover vs. Camden-Wyoming.

M.O.T. is seeking to win its seventh Major League District title in a row. It has won 10 of the last 11.

Camden-Wyoming 13, Milford 4: Graham Buckson and Anthony Hatch each had a two-hit game to help Camden-Wyoming win an elimination game.

Dover catcher Conner Ridgway dives for a pop fly against M.O.T.

Buckson had a double and a triple while Hatch drove in a pair of runs. Colby Parenteau was the winning pitcher as he pitched five innings of one-run ball.

Ryan Zimmerman led Milford with a hit and two RBI.

Camden-Wyoming will face Dover tonight at 6 p.m. in another elimination game.

Junior League

Camden-Wyoming 12, Smyrna-Clayton 2: Camden-Wyoming reached the District I championship game thanks to the victory on Saturday night.

Braden Morand and Connor Nester each had two hits and drove in two runs. John Morgan (three innings) and Ryan Harrison (two innings) combined on the mound to hold Smyrna-Clayton to two runs.

Camden-Wyoming 5, M.O.T. 1: In a game played on Friday night, Brock Connor held M.O.T. to just one run.

M.O.T. catcher Nate Alterbridge leaps above Dover’s Conner Ridgway after a force out at home in the fourth inning during Major League District I action at Milford.

Brayden Morand led the offense for Camden-Wyoming with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate and tallied two RBI.

8-10 year olds

Dover 11, Smyrna-Clayton 8: Jeremy Drago’s grand slam paced Dover who stayed alive in the District I tournament.

Sierra Henry picked up the win in relief. Phoenix Henriquez homered for Smyrna-Clayton.

Felton-Harrington 15, Milford 5: Logan Vockel and Julian Christman combined for six strikeouts on the mound as Felton-Harrington won an elimination game.

Vockel and Christman each went 3-for-4 with three RBI at the plate. Brayden Whitenight also went 3-for-4 and had a two-run homer.
Brandon Wright recorded a pair of hits for Milford.

M.O.T. 9, Milford 3: In a game contested on Friday night, Brayden Redmond and Ethan Russel each had two hits for M.O.T.

Cole Simpson had a hit and drove in two while Noah Wegman scored three times.

Malen Winkleblech knocked in a pair of runs to lead Milford.

American Legion

Fox Post-2 splits: Fox Post-2 won a game 11-4 over the Post-10 Generals on Saturday but the Dover-area squad dropped another game of the doubleheader, 11-1.


Major League

Lower Sussex 14, Camden-Wyoming 1: When starting pitcher Camryn Ehlers picked up a slow rolling ground ball in front of the pitcher’s circle and chucked it over to first baseman Destiny Mitchell for the final out, she fulfilled a three-year wish.

The Lower Sussex softball squad defeated Camden-Wyoming in the Major Softball Delaware State championship game to earn a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Connecticut next week.

“They’ve put in a lot of hard work,” said Lower Sussex manager Sarah Hoban. “Cam has just done a great job on the mound and the girls, defensively, are backing her up. The bats are coming through and it’s just been a lot of fun to watch.”

Three years ago, Camryn’s sister, Raychel, played in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. Camryn attended the game as a spectator and told her father that she wanted to play in the tournament one day.

Now, in less than a week, she’ll have the opportunity to do so with her Lower Sussex teammates.

“It feels really great and I’m glad we get to do it with a great group of girls,” Ehlers said Saturday night. “It’s really exciting to be playing on ESPN. That’s been our dream and our goal throughout this entire season, is to have fun and be on ESPN.”

Lower Sussex and Camden-Wyoming traded runs in the first inning of Saturday’s title game before Lower Sussex broke the game open with a seven-run top of the second inning.

Left fielder Katie McHale reached first base on an error to lead off the inning and was quickly driven in by a Shaniya Lewis RBI single to right field.

Lewis came around to score on a passed ball to put Sussex ahead 3-1.

Second baseman Kinsley Hall kept the rally going by driving in Destiny Mitchell with a triple to centerfield.

Laniya Lewis, Jaya Shaub and Macy Blades would score the remaining runs of the second inning to provide Ehlers with a seven-run cushion.

Two more runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth inning put the game out of reach for Lower Sussex as they completed the District and State tournaments with a combined 7-0 record.

Ehlers, who threw every pitch of both tourneys, finished the night with seven strikeouts and just one run in her six innings of work.

“When she’s pitching, we know she’s going to do good and we’re always going to back her up on defense. I love that she’s our pitcher,” said starting shortstop Laniya Lewis.

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