Canal Post 25 defeated Delaware Post 1 6-1 winning the Delaware American Legion State Tournament Championship on Wednesday at Wilson Field in New Castle, Delaware.

The Firehawks were led by a complete-game performance on the mound from starter Shawn Dulin who went the distance allowing just one run off five hits.

Offensively, Canal Post 25 was led by Brandon Rohrer who finished the day 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.  

After three scoreless innings Wednesday, Delaware Post 1 took the first lead of the day, striking for a run in the top-half of the fourth inning when Joe Cautillo was sacrificed home after leading off with a double earlier in the inning.

Canal Post 25 tied things up in the fifth when Trevor Powers came around to score after reaching on an error to start the inning.

The Firehawks took the lead powered by a four-run seventh capped off by a two-run single by Ryan Zwier. Joe Otto and Josh Willey also drove in runs in the inning, Otto off a sac-fly and Wiley tallied an RBI single and Canal Post led 5-1 after seven.

Canal Post would add an insurance run in the eighth and it was all Dulin would need on the mound to close the door. Dulin pitched a very economical game for the Firehawks, throwing just 97 pitches and trusting the fielders behind him to make outs.

Meanwhile at the plate, Post 25 saw contributions throughout the lineup as six different players finished the evening with at least one hit and four different players scored runs.

Ryan Zwier was named the overall MVP of the Delaware State Tournament. 


Canal Post now moves onto the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Purcellville, Virginia which begins on August 3.

"All in all it was a great year," said Head Coach Ed Colaprete. "We proved that good hitting can beat good pitching."

Now, they look forward to the challenge of playing in the regional tournament with a chance at making it to the World Series.

"We're going to see some good teams," said Colaprete. "But, we're going to go there and do our best."