The Smyrna-Clayton Big League baseball team split a pair of weekend games to wrap up the regular season with a 6-6 record.
The Smyrna-Clayton Big League baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a 6-6 record after splitting a pair of games over the weekend.
On Saturday evening, the team traveled to Middletown to play M-O-T. Smyrna jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, and then settled in to play some good solid baseball on offense and defense.
Starting pitcher Nick Macey handled the M-O-T batters with ease the first few innings.
Smyrna then took command of the game by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth on an assortment of hits, walks, and an M-O-T fielding error.
Middletown batters continued to struggle against Macey, but managed to push across one run late in the ball game. Smyrna added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning.
The situation was a little different on Sunday as Smyrna built a 4-2 lead against Felton-Harrington, but the game fell apart from there.
Felton-Harrington would then explode for 11 runs over the course of the game while the Smyrna bats went silent. The final score was Felton-Harrington 13 and Smyrna-Clayton 4.
Smyrna manager Gordon Gelley said the team had high expectation entering the 2014 season. “We are all a little disappointed because we anticipated a more successful season. We were coming off three straight championship seasons, and we thought we could continue that pattern with a number of returning players and some kids from the successful Smyrna High School team,” he said.
Gelley added that some players missed some games due to family vacations and playing on other teams, but, “The kids who showed up all season worked hard and they did a great job.”
Now that the regular season is over, teams from Dover and Camden-Wyoming will play for the District Championship tonight at Smyrna High School, beginning at 7 p.m. The winning manager will coach the district all-star team that will selected by the Big League managers after the playoff game Monday night.
The Big League All-Star team will be announced Tuesday.