Smyrna-Clayton wins Senior League District I baseball title

Camden-Wyoming catcher Braden Moran blocks the plate and takes a throw relayed from the outfield to tag Smyrna-Clayton’s Zach Lewis. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

WYOMING — Camden-Wyoming’s all-stars made Smyrna-Clayton work right to the final pitch.

But, in the end, it was Smyrna-Clayton that got go home with the banner.

Reliever Connor Bartlett got a bases-loaded strikeout to end the game before Smyrna-Clayton could final claim the District I Senior League baseball title with a hard-earned 6-3 victory over Camden-Wyoming on Wednesday night.

The title sends Smyrna-Clayton to the state tournament in Little League’s division for 15-16 year olds. The three stare tourney starts on July 8 in Georgetown.

Georgetown-Cape is the District II champion and will receive a first-round bye.

Kyle McVey started on the mound for Smyrna-Clayton.

Smyrna-Clayton finishes 3-0 in the District I tourney while Camden-Wyoming ends up 4-2. Camden-Wyoming had won three straight games to reach Wednesday’s finals.

Needing to win twice on Wednesday, Camden-Wyoming jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Josh Harvey reached base on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored to give Camden-Wyoming its early advantage.

But Smyrna-Clayton took the lead for god when Bartlett lined a two-run single to right field in the third inning. The hit scored Shawn Mannering, who singled, and starting pitcher Kyle McVey, who walked.

Smyrna-Clayton then stretched its lead to 6-1 with four runs in the fourth. Smyrna-Clayton took advantage of five walks in the inning while Dwayne Ratcliffe and Derek Davis both had hits in the outburst.

Camden-Wyoming, however, came back with a pair of runs in the fifth to cut Smyrna-Clayton’s advantage to just 6-3.

Smyrna-Clayton second baseman Jeff Schlegel gets Brayden Bushweller out at second but the throw to first wasn’t in time for a double play.

In its final two at-bats, Camden-Wyoming loaded the bases twice but didn’t score any runs as Bartlett worked out of the jams both times.

The seven-inning contest last three hours and 20 minutes on the hot evening as there were several stoppages for injuries and debates over calls.

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