Roundup: M.O.T. stays alive in Junior League District I tournament

M.O.T. downed Smyrna-Clayton, 10-7, to stay alive in the Junior League baseball District I tournament on Tuesday evening.

It was the second straight win for M.O.T. (2-1), which plays in the losers’ bracket finals today at 7 p.m. at Milford.

Felton-Harrington faced Camden-Wyoming in the winners’ bracket finals late Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, M.O.T. led only 7-6 before scoring three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Andrew Arterbridge pitched five innings to earn the win.

Zach Lewis and Braden Messick both scored twice for Smyrna-Clayton with Chase Master pitching five innings.

Smyrna-Clayton’s Dale Austin tags out MOT’s Austin Pflugrad at second base during All Stars District 1 Junior League action in Milford on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Smyrna-Clayton 9, Dover 6: In a game that didn’t finish until after midnight on Monday, Smyrna-Clayton came away with the victory.

Sean Mannering (3-for-3), Chase Masten (3-for-4, 2 runs) and Derrick Davis (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led Smyrna-Clayton offensively while four different players pitched in the contest.

MOT’s Andrew Arterbridge pitches against Smyrna-Clayton during All Stars District 1 Junior League action in Milford on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Dover, which rallied for three runs in the seventh before falling short, got two hits apiece from Robbie Lanfried and June Brittingham. Brittingham also pitched the last three innings without allowing a run,

8-10 tournament

M.O.T. 11, Camden-Wyoming 9: M.O.T. captured the District I crown with the win on Monday night.

Austin Griffith (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 1 run), Garrett Overby (2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs) and Mike Biondolillo (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 run) paced the Middletown-area all-stars.

The state tournament begins on Saturday at Smyrna-Clayton. District III champion Lower Sussex faces the District II winner in the first round with M.O.T. taking on the winner on Sunday evening.

Smyrna-Clayton’s Chase Masten connects for a hit against MOT during All Stars District 1 Junior League action in Milford on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

American Legion

Nanticoke Post 6 Patriots 4, Fox Post-2 3: The Patriots scored twice in the top of the seventh to snap Fox Post 2’s four-game winning streak on Tuesday night.

Jordan Haddaway went 3-for-3 with two RBI for the Patriots while Gabe Wescott added a pair of hits. Pitcher Justin Gray allowed six hits and struck out five in six innings with B.J. Allen earning a save.

Kyle Comegys had two hits for Fox Post 2 with Brent Buckson adding a hit and two RBI.

Post 6 won two of three meetings with Fox Post 2 this season.

MOT’s Josh Clark avoids the tag at home against Smyrna-Clayton’s Zach Lewis during All Stars District 1 Junior League action in Milford on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Post 3 Milford 15, Canal Post 25 Middletown 4: Milford scored a season-high 15 runs in winning its third straight game.

NASCAR

Fans invited to Dover test session: Dover International Speedway will open one section of grandstands for fans on July 25 as four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are scheduled to participate in a Goodyear tire testing session at the Monster Mile.

Drivers scheduled to participate are Landon Cassill, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. The Allison Grandstand will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the session and seats are free to all fans.

Drivers and teams will be working with Goodyear officials as they test tire setups and compounds in preparation for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Starting at 10 a.m., seats will be available in the Allison Grandstands via Gate 3, as well as the enclosed grandstands on the backstretch accessible via elevator on the third floor of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Fans in the Allison Grandstands will be subject to bag checks, and coolers up to 14” X 14” X 14” will be allowed inside. Also, Grotto Pizza is scheduled to have a food truck stationed near Gate 3 during lunch hours.

Testing hours and driver participation are subject to change by Goodyear. In case of inclement weather, the tire testing session will be held on July 26.

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