Monday, August 12, 2013


Newark, Del., becomes just the second team from the First State to make it to the Little League Baseball World Series in its 67-year history.
The Mid-Atlantic Region Championship Game saw the top two teams meet up with a trip to the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. on the line. The number-one seed, Lionville Little League of Pennsylvania, came in undefeated and had crossed 26 runs across home plate, including nine in their semifinal win over Maryland.

The number-two seed, Newark National Little League of Delaware, came into the final seeking to be only the second team from Delaware to advance all the way to Williamsport. They had the benefit of a powerful offense, having scored 38 runs in the four games they had played, including 15 runs in their semifinal win over Washington, D.C. The last team from Delaware to make it to the Little League World Series was in 2003, when they went 1-2 in pool play.

In the end, Delaware used the strong showing of their top pitcher, Nathan Hardcastle, to cruise to an 8-2 win. For the game, Nathan only allowed five hits while striking out nine batters.

The game remained tight until the top of the third inning, when Delaware was able to take advantage of timely hitting, mounting a 7-1 lead before Pennsylvania was able to get out of the inning.
Pennsylvania starting pitcher Joseph Janick put himself in a tough situation early, walking the first two batters and putting runners on first and second. Mr. Hardcastle took advantage of this, notching a single and scoring the runner on second, and this was only the beginning.

By the time Pennsylvania recorded two outs, the score was already 4-1 and it would only continue to get worse. With Jack Hardcastle on first and Eric Ludman on second, Ryan Miller hit a single into right, scoring Mr. Ludman and advancing Jack Hardcastle to third.

The very next batter, Brandon Sengphachanh, sent a double into left, scoring both Jack Hardcastle and Mr. Miller, and forcing Mr. Janick from the game. In his place came Michael Rodriguez, who put a stop to the scoring and recorded the final out of the inning.

Despite the efforts of Rodriguez, who allowed only one more run the rest of the game, Pennsylvania could never get anything going against Nathan Hardcastle.

In the bottom of the sixth and with only three outs to mount a seven-run comeback, the best Pennsylvania could muster was one run off of Delaware reliever Miller, cutting Delaware’s lead to 8-2. In the end, the pitching of Nathan Hardcastle would prove to be too much, as the last United States ticket to the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series was punched in emphatic fashion.