Georgetown captures 9-10 baseball Dist. 3 title

MILTON – Georgetown all-star Colin Tucker admitted he was nervous nearly the entire time.

Georgetown’s rubber-match win over Milton in the 9- and 10-year-old District III championship game advanced the all-stars to the upcoming state tournament. Members of the team (not in order of picture) are: Cole Rogers, Kade Kruger, Kenseth Taylor, Colin Tucker, Wyatt Hellens, Cade Masen, Breyden Tidwell, Talan Savage, Cody Layfield and Chet Mariner. They are managed by Ken Rogers with coaches Chuck Tucker and Randy Mason. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Georgetown’s rubber-match win over Milton in the 9- and 10-year-old District III championship game advanced the all-stars to the upcoming state tournament. Members of the team (not in order of picture) are: Cole Rogers, Kade Kruger, Kenseth Taylor, Colin Tucker, Wyatt Hellens, Cade Masen, Breyden Tidwell, Talan Savage, Cody Layfield and Chet Mariner. They are managed by Ken Rogers with coaches Chuck Tucker and Randy Mason. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

But those watching him consistently induce big outs from the mound Saturday night against Milton in a winner-take-all 9- and 10-year-old District III championship game likely couldn’t tell.

With one down and the tying and winning runs on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Tucker racked up a pair of strikeouts for the biggest of those putouts and Georgetown defeated Milton 7-6.

The victory advanced the all-stars to the state tournament hosted by Naamans Little League. Georgetown will begin the double-elimination three-team tourney July 27, 7 p.m., versus the District I (Kent County, Milford and Middletown) champion.

“I was nervous, but I knew I had the heart to do it and the fans were there backing me up,” said Tucker, who came on in relief in the third inning with two outs, runners on first and second and Georgetown holding its one-run advantage.

Tucker also stranded the potential tying Milton run on second in the fourth inning and at third in the fifth before escaping the jam in the sixth. He struck out seven, allowed one hit, walked one and hit a batter in his 3 and 1/3 innings on the mound.

“He throws hard and he was able to get the strikeouts when we needed them,” Georgetown Manager Ken Rogers said of Tucker.

In its only loss of the tournament – 6-5 in seven innings against Milton – Georgetown sometimes struggled to string together hits against starting pitcher Cole Carter. The all-stars didn’t have the same difficulties early in Saturday’s rematch against Carter, as they plated seven runs in the first two innings before the Milton starter found his groove.

Leadoff hitter Cole Rogers singled in his first at-bat, stole second and third then crossed the plate for Georgetown’s first run on Kade Kruger’s RBI groundout. From there, Kenseth Taylor singled, Tucker ripped a double to left and Cade Masen gave his team a 3-0 advantage with a two-RBI base hit.

Georgetown’s 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball team celebrates its 7-6 District III championship win over Milton. The squad had to rally to defeat Milton Friday night to force Saturday’s winner-take-all bout.  (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Georgetown’s 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball team celebrates its 7-6 District III championship win over Milton. The squad had to rally to defeat Milton Friday night to force Saturday’s winner-take-all bout. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

A pair of extra base hits – Paris Mitchell’s leadoff triple and a Kye Wells’ double – led to two Milton runs in its half of the frame, but Georgetown answered with a four-run burst in the top of the second.

Kenseth doubled and scored during the rally. Talan Savage singled and also crossed the dish in the second, and Cody Layfield and Kruger scored as well. Kruger and Tucker picked up RBI in the frame.

“It was nice to see us come out tonight and hit him early,” Rogers said. “Thankfully we were able to keep the lead.”

Trailing 7-2 after two Georgetown at-bats, Milton didn’t go quietly into the evening. After picking up a run in the second, the hosts tallied three more in the third before Tucker came in and shut the door.

Tyler Jacona provided the big hit during Milton’s third inning rally, a two-RBI single that scored Andrew Criswell and Justin Marsh. Meanwhile, Carter settled in on the hill and combined with relief pitcher Carter Breasure, who came on to start the fifth, to keep Georgetown scoreless the rest of the way.

His team needing at least a run to force extra innings, Bryce Dominick led the bottom of the sixth off with a single to right and was replaced by special pinch runner Jayceon White. Following a strikeout, Wells drew a walk and represented the potential winning run.

Another strikeout put Georgetown one out away from clinching the District III title, but a wild pitch during the following at-bat allowed both runners to move up. Tucker, though, undauntedly finished striking out the side soon afterward to start the celebration.

Now Georgetown will focus on winning a state championship for the Sussex County seat. And Tucker, for one, is confident in the all-star squad’s chances going forward.

“We’ve won districts and now we’re going to states to win that,” he said.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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