Smyrna-Clayton wins 14-1 in Junior League, will face Camden-Wyoming again for District I title

MIDDLETOWN — Smyrna-Clayton ensured this year’s Junior League District I baseball tournament will go the distance.

Smyrna-Clayton won 14-1 in five innings over Camden-Wyoming on Monday night to set up a winner-take-all rematch tonight at 7 p.m. at M.O.T. Little League in Middletown’s Silver Spring Park.

It was the first loss of the double-elimination tournament for Camden-Wyoming. Smyrna-Clayton fell to Camden-Wyoming 12-2 on Saturday night before earning a 4-3 victory against M.O.T. on Sunday to reach the championship game.

“We can’t ever quit,” said Smyrna-Clayton manager Toby Davis. “I told them, keep working the hits will come. There’s no tomorrow, we had to win, it’s one and done. I’m so proud of these guys the way they came back and responded. There’s no quit in these guys from top to bottom, all 13 guys have contributed.”

Shawn Mannering pitched all five innings for Smyrna-Clayton, giving up the lone run on just 61 pitches.

Mannering also had three hits at the plate. He helped spark a three-run first inning with a two-RBI double.

Nolan Fretz scored four runs and had three hits for Smyrna-Clayton. Jake Macey had two hits and two RBI while Derek Davis scored three times.

Smyrna-Clayton recorded only two hits in the 12-2 defeat to Camden-Wyoming on Saturday. It racked up 12 hits on Monday.

“We had two hits, a bunch of errors and did not make routine plays,” Toby Davis said of the first game. “We told them last night we got to get the bats going and the defense needs to step up. We started hitting the ball hard last night and we lit the bats up tonight.”

The score was 3-1 after two innings before Smyrna-Clayton ended the game with 11 unanswered runs.

Fretz and Mannering had back-to-back singles to being the third. Jeffrey Schlegel laid down a sacrifice bunt before Conner Bartlett was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Caden Daniels then smacked a RBI-single before Joe Street followed with a sacrifice fly. Street had made a diving catch in left field the previous inning to prevent a possible Camden-Wyoming run from scoring.

More runs followed in the fourth as Smyrna-Clayton loaded the bases again on singles by Derek Davis, Fretz and Macey. Bartlett and Evans each picked up an RBI in the bases-loaded situation.

Macey and Davis each had a two-RBI double in the top of the fifth to seal it.

Alex Newman knocked in the only run for Camden-Wyoming with a single in the bottom of the second. Chris Roscoe had the other hit for Camden-Wyoming and scored the lone run.

Mannering retired 11 in a row to end the contest.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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