Roundup: Smyrna-Clayton falls in Junior state tourney opener

By Daily State News
Posted 7/9/24

Naamans used a pair of big innings to break open an 18-5 win over Smyrna-Clayton in the first game of the Junior League baseball state tournament on Tuesday night.

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Roundup: Smyrna-Clayton falls in Junior state tourney opener

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Naamans used a pair of big innings to break open an 18-5 win over Smyrna-Clayton in the first game of the Junior League baseball state tournament on Tuesday night.

The three-team, double-elimination tourney continues on Wednesday at Seaford’s Nanticoke Little League with Naamans facing Laurel at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Naamans scored seven runs in the third inning and nine in the fifth before earning the victory. The District II champions finished with 10 hits.

Winning pitcher Josh Stiebel and reliever Daclan O’Connor combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter with strikeouts.

Smyrna-Clayton will play again on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Seaford.

Intermediate

MOT 11, Milford 0: MOT won the District I title with the shutout win on Monday night.

The squad from Middletown will return to Dover for the state tournament, which starts on Friday.

Winning pitcher Nathan Collins threw four shutout innings with eight strikeouts and only two walks for MOT, which scored six runs in the fifth.

MOT’s 12-hit attack was paced by Kai Johnson (3-for-3) and Jordyn Brown (2-for-3) with Mason Guth, Cole Clark, and Dylan Andrews adding two RBI apiece.

Softball

Junior League

Western Sussex 18, Felton-Harrington 0: The Sussex County squad advanced to the state finals with the win on Tuesday night.

Western Sussex (2-0), which has won its first two games by a combined 34-0, will play again on Thursday at Milford at 6 p.m.

Felton-Harrington (0-1) takes on Canal (0-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the winner playing in the title game. The state champion earns a berth in the East Regional in Orange, Conn.

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