Even a heavy storm couldn't prevent MOT Juniors from winning a state title.
A severe thunderstorm through the Middletown area Sunday night caused about a 24-hour delay in the Junior Division Little League championship game. But the bad weather didn't slow down the MOT All-Stars drive and determination to defeat the Naaman's All-Star team, finish the game, and claim the championship banner.
That's exactly what happened Monday night at the Silver Lake sports complex in Middletown, as MOT polished off Naamans 12-5 to become the 2013 Delaware Junior Division champions. "It was well worth the wait," said an elated MOT coach Vince Green, "Sunday night everything was clicking for us at the plate and in the field. So I told the boys tonight, we only have to get nine outs to the championship and a memory you will never forget."
The game resumed in the fifth inning with MOT already leading by the score of 6-1. But rather than sit back, the team went right on the attack, and lengthened the lead to 12-1 in the sixth, thanks in part to a grand slam home run by shortstop Alex Weber. "The pitch was a little bit high in the strike zone where I like it. It was great, it's the best feeling in the world. I was just trying to make good contact and it just made it over the left field fence," said Weber. "Coach told us tonight to finish what we started yesterday, and come out and pound the ball like yesterday," he said.
To their credit, Naamans fought back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to prevent an early exit from the game via the 10-run mercy rule, but they couldn't get any closer in the final frame.
MOT first baseman Vince Green said he was thrilled when the final out was recorded. "It's something for life and something to always look back on and remember," he said. Green went 3-for-3 at the plate, one of the first times he's accomplished that this season. "It feels so good now, but I had a pit in my stomach this morning, but once we got out here and started playing, I felt way better," Green added.
The MOT team will now play in the Junior Division Regional Tournament in Freehold, NJ, August 2-7.