Roscoe’s walkoff lifts Camden-Wyoming to Junior baseball District title

Camden-Wyoming  manager and third base coach Joe Fredericks sprints down the baseline as Connor Nester is on his way to scoring the game-winning run. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

SMYRNA – Connor Nester had never run so fast in his life.

At the crack of the bat, the Camden-Wyoming third baseman took off running and didn’t stop until he touched home plate.

Teammate Chrys Roscoe had just driven a double to deep left field, scoring Nester from first base for the game-winning run in Camden-Wyoming’s 4-3 extra-innings win over M.O.T. Tuesday night at Smyrna Little League.

The eighth-inning walk-off base hit clinched the Junior League District I baseball title for the Camden-Wyoming all-stars.

It also avenges a 7-6 loss to the same M.O.T. all-star squad just 24 hours prior.

“I was just trying to get on base, advance him (Nester) maybe. I was watching Connor, hoping he could get there. He did his job and made it home,” explained Roscoe.

“I’m just happy we won; we all poured our heart out there playing the game we love. M.O.T. came out here, heads held high, ready to kick our tail basically. So, we had to play a little extra harder, but we won.”

Camden-Wyoming moves on to represent the district in next week’s three-team state tournament, which is also hosted by Smyrna Clayton Little League beginning July 23.

“In between first and second, when that ball got past the outfielder, I was screaming ‘it’s over.’ I wasn’t going to stop,” said Nester. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever experienced, honestly.”

Graham Buckson started the game on the mound for C-W, tossing 6.1 innings and striking out four before being relieved by Eric Stewart with a pair of runners on in the seventh. Stewart didn’t allow any runs in his 1.2 innings.

“We knew Buckson was our guy tonight,” said C-W manager Joe Fredericks. “We knew he was throwing 95 (pitches), unless we finished early, no matter what. He’s an awesome kid and a really talented ballplayer. We kind of expected that kind of performance from him.”

C-W collected seven hits, including a pair of Buckson and Roscoe. Nester, Anthony Hatch and Patrick Easton added one each.

Starting pitcher Maximus Mullins threw 2.2 innings and led M.O.T.’s offense with a pair of hits. Wyatt Uhde, Matt Lewis and Andrew Steinhaus also registered hits in the loss.

Lewis tossed 5.1 innings of relief with three strikeouts for M.O.T.

“I knew I just had to throw strikes, in order to stay under 95 pitches,” said Buckson. “The defense made some plays, that helps a lot to have confidence in them.”

After falling behind early in Monday night’s loss, C-W bounced back and struck first Tuesday night by plating a run in the bottom of the second inning.

Nester drilled a double to right field and, after Roscoe singled him to third base, he stole home on a double steal to grab the early 1-0 advantage.

Half an inning later, Mullins reached base on a fielder’s choice, scoring Jarrett Mayes and Andrew Pierce to give M.O.T. the 2-1 lead.

Camden-Wyoming’s Hunter Chambers knocked in a couple more runs to regain the 3-2 lead in the bottom half of the third inning, reaching base on an error to score Hatch and Jaxon Monroney.

M.O.T. threatened to score in the fifth and sixth innings, loading the bases in the sixth before Buckson recorded an inning-ending strikeout.

With M.O.T. plating the game-tying run in the top of the seventh inning on a Lewis fielder’s choice, the game went to extras.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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