It wasn’t a dominating run through the bracket, but ultimately rewarding just the same. The 11- and 12-year-old M.O.T. Major Baseball all-stars rose to the challenge of a solid District I tournament field and took the title with a 6-5 win over Dover last Sunday night at Smyrna-Clayton.


    It wasn’t a dominating run through the bracket, but ultimately rewarding just the same. The 11- and 12-year-old M.O.T. Major Baseball all-stars rose to the challenge of a solid District I tournament field and took the title with a 6-5 win over Dover last Sunday night at Smyrna-Clayton.

    Earlier wins came over Felton (7-6), Dover (9-6) and Camden-Wyoming (10-0). The state tournament opens Monday night in Newark. M.O.T. will face the Sussex County champion at 7 p.m.

    “We came together as a team and everyone did their part,” manager Ed Pavina said. “We didn’t have one dominating performance from anyone, so everyone needed to contribute something. That’s just what they did.”

   In the title win over Dover, Chase Corbitt and Matt Moran each pitched three innings to earn the district banner. Logan Yoder’s RBI double was a key hit, and Corbitt went 2-for-3. Corbitt was the winning pitcher during the shutout victory over Camden-Wyoming, while Kyle Tomlin had a bases-loaded triple. Dominic Durante ended the four-inning contest with an RBI hit.

   M.O.T. powered its way past Dover in its second game with six home runs. Corbitt hit two round-trippers, with Tomlin, Ed Pavina, Matt Andrus and Julian Kurych adding one each. Moran was the winning pitcher. Corbitt went 2-for-3 and was winning pitcher during the opening win over Felton. Tomlin went 2-for-4.

    “I think the guys feel a little bit more like a team now after having gone through a tournament together,” Pavina said. “There’s definitely some team chemistry that has been established, and we all look forward to the state tournament.”