Camden-Wyoming's Little League Major baseball team lost to MOT-11-1 Tuesday night in a game played at Duke Field in Middletown. The victory gave MOT the District One championship.
Coming into the Little League District One “Majors” tournament last Wednesday, the Camden-Wyoming All-Star baseball team had high hopes and ambitions for a championship run.
Their hopes were bolstered by a first game 7-3 victory over MOT (Middletown-Odessa-Townsend) and subsequent triumphs over Milford and Dover.
CW’s title hopes were dashed Tuesday night, however, after falling to MOT by the score of 11-1 in a game played at Duke Field in Middletown. The contest was called after four innings due to the tournament’s ten-run mercy rule.
“That’s what happens sometimes, there was nothing we could do,” C-W coach Don Bailey said. “I’m very proud. We had a good group of kids and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.”
MOT forced the deciding game by blanking Camden-Wyoming 7-0 on Monday night. A CW victory in that game would have given them the District One title.
In Tuesday night’s deciding game, Camden-Wyoming fell behind early, as MOT pounded out five runs in the top of the first inning to grab the early advantage. To make matters worse, MOT score three more times in the
second inning to build an 8-0 lead. The champs also scored two in the third, and a final run in the fourth.
Meanwhile, MOT starter Gabe Dermott kept CW’s offense off the scoreboard. Dermott may not be the fastest pitcher on MOT, but was highly focused and maintained pinpoint control with his pitches while on the mound.
“I’ve been on the mound before in a big game, but never for a championship. At first I was real nervous, but then after the second inning I was good. Getting the early lead helped me a lot.” Dermott allowed only two hits during the game. MOT reliever A. J. Pepper struck out the side in the fourth to end the game.
Camden-Wyoming’s Ethan Harvey belted a home run in the third inning to account for CW’s only run of the game.
M.O.T. won its 12th District I Major League championship since 2002. The team now advances to the state tournament, which begins Thursday in Woodbridge. They will face three-time defending state champion Newark National.
“Camden-Wyoming showed a lot of class over there,” said MOT Head Coach Ken Anderson. “They’re a great team. They’ve got great pitching and great coaching. They’re a very, very tough team.”