The Smyrna 11-12 year-old baseball team was eliminated for the District One Little League tournament after dropping games to Felton-Harrington and Milford.
The Smyrna Little League Major All-Star team saw their season came to a sudden end Friday night after a heart-breaking 11-1 loss to the Milford All-Stars. The loss was the team’s second in the double-elimination playoffs. In the opening round game, Smyrna lost to Felton-Harrington by the score of 5-2.
Smyrna Coach Rich Miller said he was disappointed for his young players. “I think we had a little bit of nerves going into the tournament. We had a lot of very young players, since we only had three 12-year-olds on the roster. We did face two teams that had older players on their squads. So this will help us over the next couple of years.”
In the loss to Milford, the team was not able to get their bats going. “We didn’t get any clutch hits, in fact we didn’t hit at all,” said Miller, “At one point in the game, our guys loaded the bases on walks, but we failed to get a key hit. We missed numerous opportunities at bat, and they just hit the ball well, especially with runners in scoring position.”
The first game of the tournament was scheduled for last Tuesday, but was rained out and moved to Wednesday.
Smyrna played a good ball game, but wound up losing to Felton-Harrington by the score of 5-2, moving the team to the losers’ bracket.
Miller said the first few innings were a good, old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. “Our starting pitcher, Kevin Keister did a nice job for the first two innings. It was back and forth and back and forth, but from the third inning on, they just flat out hit the ball and scored runs when they had the opportunity,” Miller said.
For the rest of the game, Smyrna put a number of runners on base and had several opportunities to put runs on the board, but failed to keep pace with Felton-Harrington.
“We missed a few chances to score runs, and at the same time, we made a couple of errors in the field, that helped them get some much needed runs,” added Miller.
Felton-Harrington went on to lose 14-10 to Dover on Thursday and 21-1 to M.O.T. on Friday.
Milford, meanwhile, lost to Camden-Wyoming last Thursday and to M.O.T. last Saturday.
Camden-Wyoming will play M.O.T. tonight a tDuke Field in Middletown starting at 6 p.m.
If Camden-Wyoming wins, they will become champions of District One Major Division. If M.O.T. wins, they will play again on Tuesday evening at Duke Field at 6 p.m.