The Smyrna-Clayton Little League's Big league team won the District One Championship in dramatic fashion over the weekend by edging Camden-Wyoming 2-0.
Entering the seventh inning, the two teams were embroiled in a scoreless tie on the hot steaming evening.
Smyrna's James Jarman and C-W's Aaron Briggs were involved in the old-fashioned pitcher's duel. Smyrna Coach Gordon Gelley said he was impressed with both hurlers. "They both pitched quite a ballgame. They both pitched well in the oppressive heat," he said.
After Jarman finished the top of the seventh, Briggs was removed due to his high pitch count. Smyrna's Corey Everage greeted the reliever with a single. Brent McDonald stepped to the plate with the signal to bunt the runner to second, but was unable to lay down a successful sacrifice. Instead, McDonald belted a two-run, walk-off home run for the game winner.
"Brent had a tough time bunting the ball, but we were certainly happy with the outcome of his plate appearance," said Gelley.
Jarman was the winning pitcher, giving up only two hits, while striking out seven C-W batters.
Smyrna finished the season with a 10-2 record and Camden-Wyoming had an 8-4 mark.
Gelley said a District One All-Star team will now participate in the Eastern regional tournament in Dover this weekend.
"I was fortunate to have been selected as the all-star manager," said Gelley. "I will bring my two coaches to the tournament, and we will have seven players from the Smyrna team on the roster."The Smyrna all-star team will play the 8 pm game.