Bristol bound: Milton slugs its way to another state title

MILLSBORO — This looks all too familiar for Milton’s Major Baseball squad.

With a 10-0 shutout victory over Brandywine Wednesday night at Millsboro Little League, manager Zac Crouch’s Milton squad captures its second consecutive Major Baseball state championship.

The victory will send Milton to the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament from Aug. 6-12 in Bristol, Conn.

Much like they did in the district tournament, Milton’s offense utilized the longball to earn the win over Brandywine.

“It feels real good,” said coach Brad Breasure. “The boys worked extremely hard in the off-season to get to this point. Once we got through the district — the district seems to be a tough place to get through — and we got here it felt like the boys had a lot of confidence. We knew we had a shot, we just had to play well.”

With five home runs, starting pitcher Timmy Hitchcock was given plenty of run support from the guys behind him.

“Our lineup one through nine really produces,” coach Breasure said. “You can’t just think you’re going to get to the bottom of the lineup and not do anything. They typically hit the ball really well, we won the district with nine home runs in one game. So it’s something we expect, and our big guys usually do the big bopping. They did tonight, which is good to see.”

Through the first two innings, both squads went scoreless and recorded a combined two hits.

In the top of the third inning, Milton’s offense broke the game wide open.

Justin Marsh and Owen Daminger slapped back-to-back singles to open the inning, setting up a Kye Wells three-run home run to right-centerfield.

Paris Mitchell followed Wells with a solo homer of his own, putting Milton ahead early 4-0.

“I knew it was gone,” Mitchell simply said of his third-inning homer.

In the top of the fourth, Milton struck out on consecutive at-bats to begin the inning but quickly put together a string of two-out home runs off the bats of Daminger and Timmy Hitchcock.

Enjoying a 7-0 advantage heading into the top of the fifth inning, Milton kept the offensive surge going with a lead-off solo home run from Luke Crouch.

Mitchell added to his big night with a two-run bloop single to shallow right field in the top of the sixth inning.

On the mound, Hitchcock hurled an impressive complete game shutout. He retired the first five batters he faced and recorded six strikeouts in the win.

“I’m just ready for the next game,” he said. “I’m ready to go to Bristol, win as many games there, and go as far as we did last year.”

Having made it to the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament in Bristol last year, a majority of Milton’s players know what to expect heading into the tournament.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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