2012 Delaware State Little League® Tournament Results
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Delaware State Tournament
Host - Dover (District 1)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions M-O-T (Middletown)
District 2 Champions Newark National
District 3 Champions Lewes

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Newark National 5, Lewes 1

Winner's Bracket Final:
M-O-T 5, Newark National 3

Elimination Bracket Final:
Newark National 5, Lewes 4 (7 innings; elim.)

Championship Series:
Newark National 19, M-O-T 9
Newark National 2, M-O-T 1 (TITLE)


For the Newark National Little League all-star team, a fast start meant a big finish.

Newark National scored twice before M-O-T Little League came to bat in the final game of the Delaware state tournament at Schutte Park in Dover, and held on for a 2-1 victory to earn its second consecutive state championship.

The win was Newark National's fourth in five state tournament games, and their second of the day. The Nationals put the finishing touches on a 19-9 victory over M-O-T that had been suspended because of weather the night before, then returned to edge the District 1 champions in the 'if' game of the three-team tournament.

Matt Theodorakis gave Newark National the lead one pitch into the game, when he clubbed the initial offering from M-O-T starter Spencer Harbert beyond the right-center field fence. Joe Silan soon followed with a double, and scored when pitcher Clayton Hansen bounced a single up the middle.

Harbert settled down after the initial flurry, and surrendered just two more hits over five-plus innings. But the early runs were more than enough for Hansen. The Newark National pitcher, starting just one day after his thirteenth birthday, needed just 72 pitches to throw a complete game four-hitter. Hansen struck out ten batters, and, after allowing an unearned run in the sixth that narrowed the Newark National lead, registered a game-ending strikeout to propel his team to the state championship.

"Clayton was ready to go," said Newark National manager Nick Dimartine.

"At batting practice (yesterday), he said one of the parents asked him what he wanted for his birthday," explained the Newark manager. "He said 'unfortunately, I can't get it (today),' so I figured he wanted the state title for his birthday."

M-O-T scored its only run in the sixth, when Jimmy Faragher singled to left center field, and, after an error, scored on Eric Schwarr's sacrifice fly.

Earlier in the day, Newark National had completed a weather-suspended, 19-9 victory over the same team in the first championship series meeting. The Nationals slammed four home runs in the game, including two by Theodorakis. His second home run, a grand slam after play resumed, helped Newark National to widen a 9-6 lead it carried from the prior day.

Silan added a home run and three doubles, while Andrew Emory chipped in a homer and a double.

Newark National needed the two-game sweep in the championship series after M-O-T handed the District 2 champions a 5-3 loss in the winner's bracket final. The Nationals, who played in all five of the state tournament's games, escaped Lewes in an extra inning, 5-4 decision, then swept M-O-T to return to the region tournament for the second consecutive year.

"It is tough to get to regionals one time," said Dimartine. "But two times is really special."

Newark National's state championship was the seventh in the league's history, and moved the league into a tie with Brandywine and Nanticoke Little Leagues for the most championships since the first Delaware state tournament was held in 1957.

Newark National returned three players from a team that reached the Mid-Atlantic Region semifinals in 2011, and the 2012 version of the league's all-star team advanced one step further along the tournament trail. Newark National topped the Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) Little League, 6-0, in the Mid-Atlantic semifinals, but was edged, 1-0, by Par Troy East Little League (Parsippany, New Jersey) in the region championship game.

Follow Newark National at the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Championship Series Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Newark National 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
M-O-T 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0

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