Roundup: Milton wins 2nd straight Major League baseball state title

A year ago, Milton did it the hard way.

The District III champions won three straight elimination games to capture the Major League baseball state championship.

This time Milton kept it simple, winning both its contests, including a 10-0 victory over Brandywine to take its second-straight Major League state title on Wednesday night.

Five different Milton players smacked homeruns as the Sussex County squad earned another trip to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Pitcher Tim Hitchcock, who hit one of the five homers, also pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts to earn the shutout. Milton didn’t allow a run in either of its state tourney games.

“It feels real good,” said Milton manager Brad Breasure. “The boys worked extremely hard in the off-season to get to this point. Once we got through the district — the district seems to be a tough place to get through — and we got here, it felt like the boys had a lot of confidence. We knew we had a shot, we just had to play well.”

Milton players celebrate after winning the state Major League title Wednesday night. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

Wednesday’s title game was scoreless until the third inning when Kye Wells hit a two-out, three-run homer to right. Paris Mitchell (3-for-4, 3 RBI) then hit the next pitch for a solo homer that gave Milton a 4-0 advantage.

In the fourth, Owen Daminger hit a two-run shot with Hitchcock’s homer stretching Milton’s lead to 7-0. Milton’s fifth homerun, from Luke Crouch, made the advantage 8-0 in the fifth.

Mitchell’s two-run double finished the scoring in the top of the sixth.

“Our lineup one through nine really produces,” said Breasure. “You can’t just think you’re going to get to the bottom of the lineup and not do anything. They typically hit the ball really well — we won the district with nine home runs in one game.

“So it’s something we expect, and our big guys usually do the big bopping. They did tonight, which is good to see.”

Milton, which is 6-0 in all-star tournaments this summer, begins play in the six-team Mid-Atlantic Regional on Aug. 6 with a 4 p.m. game against Pennsylvania. The East championship game is slated for Aug. 12 with a berth in the Little League World Series on the line.

Last August, Milton went 1-2 in the regional, including a 1-0 loss to eventual champion New York.

“I’m just ready for the next game,” said Hitchcock. “I’m ready to go to Bristol, win as many games there, and go as far as we did last year.”

Junior League

Nanticoke-Laurel 18, Felton-Harrington 2: The District III champions won the state tournament opener on Wednesday night at Midway.

Nanticoke-Laurel faces Naamans today at 7 p.m. in the three-day, double-elimination tourney.

Felton-Harrington plays again on Friday night.

Senior League

New Jersey, District-15 3, Naamans 0: The Delaware state champions’ bid to reach the Senior League World Series fell short with the loss in the East Region finals on Wednesday.

Naamans (4-2) won three straight games — all by shutout — to climb out of the losers’ bracket. District 15 (4-0), the host squad, will represent the East in the World Series in Easley, S.C.

High school football

Blue Hens offer Knight: Smyrna High’s Will Knight received his fourth Division I scholarship offer on Wednesday afternoon when Delaware made an offer to the senior running back.

The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Knight now has offers from the Blue Hens, Albany, Coastal Carolina and Morgan State.

Former Smyrna quarterback Nolan Henderson will be a freshman at Delaware this fall.

Eagles coach Mike Judy said there’s no question for him that the former state Offensive Player of the Year can play at the Division I FCS level.

“Listen, he’s a Division I football player,” said Judy. “Whoever is lucky enough to get this kid on their campus is going to get a great kid — a kid you can depend on, who won’t let you down.”

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