MOT defeated Camden-Wyoming 11-1 in four innings Tuesday night to win the District One Majors title at Duke Field in Middletown.
A very talented and determined MOT All-Star team defeated Camden-Wyoming 11-1 Tuesday night in four innings to claim the 2014 District One Major Division title. The game was called early due to the ten-run mercy rule.
The team used a similar formula as in the previous night’s win over the Dover-area team by implementing timely hitting, good base running and occasional power.
MOT pounded out five runs in the top of the first inning to take the wind out of the CW’s team sails.
“Getting that early lead was important,” said MOT head coach Ken Anderson, “We all relaxed a little and the team was able to go out and play their game.”
With the score already 1-0, Riley Dean stepped to the plate and promptly deposited a ball over the outfield fence for a three-run home run and a 4-0 MOT lead. The team would add one more before the inning was over.
In the second inning, MOT continued to pound Camden-Wyoming pitching for three more runs and an 8-0 advantage.
MOT starter Gabe Dermott was confident in his team and his own ability to get the job done. “I’ve been on the mound before in a big game, but never for a championship. At first I was real nervous, but then after the second inning I was good. Getting the early lead helped a lot.” Dermott allowed only two hits during the game.
To make sure CW would not make a comeback, MOT continued the offensive barrage by adding two runs in the third and a final run in the fourth.
MOT second baseman Brandon Anderson said he was jumpy before the first pitch, “We knew we were going to hit the ball off of their pitchers and we practice a lot hitting and did a lot of drills on hitting and we knew we had it from the beginning. I was nervous at the beginning, but once we got a 5-0 lead, I was fine.”
Camden-Wyoming’s Ethan Harvey belted a home run in the third inning to account for CW’s only run of the game.
“That’s what happens sometimes, there was nothing we could do,” C-W manager Don Bailey said. “I’m very proud. We had a good group of kids and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.”
M.O.T. won its 12th District I Major League championship since 2002. The team now advances to the state tournament, which begins Thursday in Woodbridge. They will face three-time defending state champion Newark National.
“It was a total team effort,” said Anderson, “They jelled. I’ve coached a lot of teams, but they are the true definition of a team. There’s no I’s on it and they’re all positive and they’re all pulling for one another.
“Camden-Wyoming showed a lot of class over there,” added Anderson. “They’re a great team. They’ve got great pitching and great coaching. They’re a very, very tough team.”
MOT defeated Camden-Wyoming 7-0 Monday night forcing Tuesday night battle. C-W, which defeated MOT 7-3 last Wednesday, would have clinched the title with a victory.
In Monday’s game, MOT banged in three runs in the bottom of the first inning, and continued to hit the ball well all night.
The team added three more runs in its half of the third inning, then added an insurance run in the fourth on a solo home run. MOT starting pitcher Krew Bouldin kept the CW batters off the board for four and 2/3 innings.
MOT advanced to the championship round with a 13-3 victory over Dover on Sunday, while Camden-Wyoming earned their spot in the final round with a 17-7 pounding of Dover on Saturday.