2014 Delaware State Little League® Tournament Results
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Delaware State Tournament
Host - Woodbridge (District 3)

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

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Newark National 13, M-O-T 4

Winner's Bracket Final:
Newark National 9, Woodbridge 0

Elimination Bracket Final:
Woodbridge 6, M-O-T 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Woodbridge 7, Newark National 2
Newark National 10, Woodbridge 5 (TITLE)


For Newark National Little League, good things come in fours.

Newark scored four times in the top of the fourth inning of the 'if' game at the 2014 Delaware state tournament against homestanding Woodbridge Little League. The rally snapped a 5-5 tie, and propelled Newark National to a title-clinching 10-5 victory.

With its victory, Newark National became the first Delaware league ever to win four consecutive state championships in the major baseball division. Later, when the league advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament finale, Newark National became just the fourth U.S. league in the 68-year history of the Little League World Series to reach a region championship game in three consecutive years. Hamtramck National (Michigan) Little League did so between 1955 and 1957, San Ramon Valley Little League (Danville, Northern California) reached the Western Region championship game in each year between 1991 and 1993, and Bryant Athletic (Arkansas) Little League reached the Southwestern Region championship game in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Newark National claimed the Delaware title only after dropping the first championship series meeting against Woodbridge, and then overcoming a pair of early one-run deficits in the tournament's final game.

"This was a dogfight. It went back and forth," said Newark National manager Tim Bush after the tournament concluded. "They wouldn't go away. We took the lead; they came back. Then they took the lead and we had to come back again. Then we had to hold it. It was a tough game, but that's what made it worth it."

Jack Hardcastle keyed Newark National's fourth inning push, with a two-run double that gave his team a 7-5 lead. A.J. Blanchard followed with his second home run of the game, a two-run blast that gave Newark a four-run advantage.

Relievers Davit Hautoff and Brett Callahan combined to hold Woodbridge scoreless in the game's final stages to lift Newark National into the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"Those were four huge runs at crucial points in the game," said Bush of his team's final push. "They were as clutch as clutch can be. They were awesome."

Woodbridge struck first in the title game, when right fielder Camden Troyer singled and later scored on Brock Keeler's double in the bottom of the first inning.

Newark responded with four runs in the second. A.J. Blanchard reached on an error to open the inning, and after Wyatt Minner's pinch hit single, Will Dubek drove a long single off the left field fence that scored Blanchard and tied the game. Left fielder Jason Daverty bunted, and two runs scored when the throw to first on the play sailed into right field. Brett Callahan then doubled home Daverty to give Newark a three-run lead.

Newark National's advantage was short-lived, though, as Woodbridge responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Yoder and Tyler Heder drew walks, then Gabe Wescott doubled home both runners. Troyer delivered a run-scoring single that tied the game, and a passed ball gave Woodbridge a 5-4 advantage.

Blanchard's solo home run in the top of the third inning tied the game, and set the stage for Newark National's decisive rally.

Newark National's tourney-clinching win was their second over Woodbridge in three state tournament meetings. After topping M-O-T Little League, 13-4, to open the tournament, Newark blanked Woodbridge by a 9-0 score to advance into the championship round. Blanchard surrendered a pair of first inning singles, but allowed no other hits over five innings to earn the victory.

Minner's two-out, two-run single in the top of the first opened the scoring for Newark, then Callahan provided insurance with a two-run homer in the fifth. Newark added five runs in the sixth before closing out the win.

Woodbridge earned a rematch by ousting M-O-T, 6-3, in the elimination bracket final, then pocketed a 7-2 victory over Newark National that sent the tournament to a deciding game.

"Losing 9-0 was tough, but we didn't hit the ball at all that game," explained Woodbridge manager Rusty Emory. "You have to make the routine plays and put the ball in play. Tonight we did that."

Woodbridge jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second inning of their victory. Heder lined a double down the right field line to drive in two runs, and right fielder Joey Marquez singled to score Heder. Wescott, the Woodbridge leadoff hitter, then came to the plate as the lineup turned over and drove a full count pitch over the left center field fence to plate two more runs.

"It was great," said Emory of his team's fast start. "The kids are capable of it, but they've got to give themselves an opportunity to do it by swinging at quality pitches, and that's what they did tonight."

The early offense was more than enough for pitcher Ricky Kane, who struck out ten and allowed just two runs before exhausting his pitch count after 5-1/3 innings of work.

Woodbridge added a pair of runs in the third, but Newark National got them back when Zack Pereira's hit into left field drove in a pair of runs in the fourth. Kane staved off any further momentum shift by registering an eight-pitch inning in the next frame, and pitched into the sixth before reliever Vance Joseph closed out the game with a pair of fly balls.

"They're a very good team," said Bush after Woodbridge pushed his team to a decisive meeting. "I thought we could hit a little bit better but obviously they pitched a little better than our hitting tonight."

But Bush remained confident in his team's chances as the two teams prepared for their final meeting.

"Only one other time (in the four-year state championship streak) did we actually not lose a game," explained Bush. Newark National's only undefeated state tournament run came during their 2013 Little League World Series run.

"So losing a game is not that big of a deal," he added. "We're going to survive this. We lost this battle. We plan on winning the war."

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