After banging its way to 24 runs in two opening wins, M.O.T. scored just seven runs in the two losses that followed. That spelled doom for the 13- and 14-year-old Junior baseball all-stars at last week’s District I tournament at Camden-Wyoming.


    After banging its way to 24 runs in two opening wins, M.O.T. scored just seven runs in the two losses that followed. That spelled doom for the 13- and 14-year-old Junior baseball all-stars at last week’s District I tournament at Camden-Wyoming.

    “They were a great bunch of kids and I really enjoyed working with them,” M.O.T. manager Kevin Jones said. “They’re very talented and showed that in the first couple games. After that they didn’t play to their capabilities, and that will cost you in an all-star tournament.”

    Brandon Paulson got M.O.T. going in the opening 12-10 win over Smyrna-Clayton, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Adam Weber went 1-for-2, with a sacrifice fly and plated three runs.

    Matt Johnson had two hits, while Chad Bell walked twice and scored two runs. Matt Taylor went 1-for-2 and scored two runs. Tommy Spagnolo was the starting pitcher, was removed and then returned in the seventh inning to close the win.

    M.O.T. then topped Felton 12-1 as pitchers Josh Billings (three innings) and Bertelson (two) combined for six strikeouts and no earned runs allowed.

    The hurling duo had ample offensive support from Paulson and Johnson, who both went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Dominic DiSabatino and Taylor each went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

    Dover then scored six runs in the third inning and dropped M.O.T., 7-5. M.O.T. hit well early, but then went five innings without any offensive production. M.O.T. loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but could score just one run.

    Bell scored twice. DiSabatino had a two-run single, while Weber and Paulson added RBIs. Bertelson and Weber pitched well.

    The fourth game didn’t go well, and M.O.T. was eliminated with a 12-2 loss to Camden-Wyoming. Taylor went 2-for-2 with a walk, while Bell (double, run), Billings (double, RBI), Johnson (single) and Christian Mullins (single, run) also led the offense.