M.O.T. wins another District I Major League baseball title

M.O.T.’s Vogle Griffin is congratulated after hitting a third-inning home run against Camden-Wyoming during Wednesday night’s District I Major League championship game at Milford Little League Field. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

MILFORD — The tournament went the distance, but M.O.T. was able to continue its recent run of success in District I’s Major League baseball tournament.

The Middletown, Odessa Townsend-area squad won the District I championship on Wednesday night with a 9-6 victory over Camden-Wyoming on the final day of the tournament hosted at Milford Little League.

M.O.T. has now won seven District I Major League titles and 11 of the last 12. The only non-M.O.T. team to win a Major League district championship in the last 12 years was Dover in 2011.

“It’s just a good group of boys who don’t give up,” said M.O.T. manager Shane Timmons. “They knew they could do it and they came out and proved it.”

M.O.T. will represent District I in the state tournament. The three-team tournament begins Monday at Milford Little League, M.O.T. will play Tuesday against the winner of District II vs. District III.

All games are at 7 p.m.

M.O.T. fell to Camden-Wyoming on Monday to set up a winner-take-all final.

M.O.T.’s Brandon Boyd connects to drive in two runs against Camden-Wyoming.

Quincy Martin went 3-for-4 to pace the offense with three runs and a double. Nile Griffin homered and singled to drive in a pair of runs while Carter Boyd provided two RBI.

“It’s a great win for these guys,” Timmons said. “After losing Monday night our backs were against the wall. They came out and did it.”

Graham Buckson led Camden-Wyoming with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Thomas Sprague also had three hits and two runs scored along with a double.

M.O.T. led wire-to-wire after a three-run first inning.

It went up 1-0 two batters into the game as Martin led off with a double and scored on Jackson Dorsey’s double. Chase Timmons then knocked in Dorsey with a base-hit and Logan Taylor also added a RBI-single later in the inning.

“To start off with a crooked number is a big deal,” Timmons said. “It was very important.”

Boyd plated a pair of runs in the second inning with a two-RBI single. M.O.T. led by as much as 9-3 after four innings.

Camden-Wyoming cut into the lead with two runs in the fifth thanks to singles by Steven Donigan and Eric Stewart which knocked in a run apiece.

It then was able to load the bases in the sixth and final inning with no outs after singles by Sprague and Colson Bennett and a walk by Anthony Hatch. That brought the tying run to the plate but Boyd struck out two in a row.

Cole Ratliff worked a walk to bring Camden-Wyoming within three before Boyd struck out the game’s final batter.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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