The Camden-Wyoming Intermediate 50-70 team recently returned from the 50-70 Eastern Regionals in Commack & Dix Hills, New York after competing with 10 state champions from the region. They posted a 2-2 record overall in the tournament and were set home after a final loss to Pennsylvania last week.
Camden-Wyoming earned a trip to the Eastern Regional Tournament after defeating District 3 Rehoboth in the 50-70 Delaware State All-Star Tournament to claim the state title. In the two games, Camden-Wyoming outscored District 3 34-6 to earn the right to play in the Regionals.
Even though they came up short of their goal of winning the regional tournament, the team gelled and learned how to win down the stretch.
“I knew going in that we had the talent to go deep in the tournament,” said Camden-Wyoming Manager Eric Buckson. “One of the things we focused on was learning how tournament games are a little different than regular season games because you are playing for your future and you have to build leads and hold onto leads. Execution is vital to moving on in the state and regional tournaments, and the team that does that consistently will win.
Throughout the regional tournament, Camden-Wyoming received contributions from up and down their lineup. Whether it was a long-ball from Kyle Comegy or Steve Platt, a four-hit performance from Brent Buckson, or a clutch hit from Tommy Pamatto, Camden-Wyoming seemed to have a new face make the deciding play in each of their two victories over Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
“Offensively, Brent Buckson and Tommy Pamatto hit over .600 followed by Steven Platt, Kyle Comegy, Riley Bushweller and Andy Zimmerman,” said Buckson. “Defensively, Evan Harris Max Irvin, Parker Garisson and Zach McKinney pitched well in relief of some big games for us.”
While every good team needs solid pitching and consistent production from its bats, sometimes the glue that holds the entire thing together comes from contributions made by key role players.
“A big part of our success was our role players,” said Buckson. “Jack Walker, Vince Tascione and Trey Standish made key contributions in the district, state and regional tournament.”
Camden-Wyoming did not return home with the regional crown, and won’t be making the trip to California for the World Series. However, they can look back at their accomplishments and know they had a season to remember.
“I’m proud of the way the team represented Delaware,” Buckson said. “Although we came up short, I’m confident that these young men can look back on their accomplishments and know that they fought to win each inning and played the game hard. In the end, that is all you can ask for of your players.”