Milton grabs Major Baseball District III title with Sunday’s shutout win

MILTON – For the fourth straight year, Milton Little League will represent District III in the Delaware State Major Baseball All-Star tournament.

With Sunday night’s 11-0 shutout win over Lewes/Rehoboth in the district championship game, Milton completed the tourney with a 4-0 record to earn its place in the three-team state tournament.

“It feels awesome. Now we get to go on to states and try to win some more games,” said starting pitcher Jayceon White.

Jayceon White threw four shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts in Milton’s title win Sunday night (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

The state tournament, hosted by Milford Little League, is scheduled to begin Monday, July 23 and run through Friday, July 27.

“Every night, we get production from up and down the lineup and even if they don’t do it with the bat we have great pitching,” said Milton manager Paris Mitchell. “Jayceon had great pitching tonight. We knew we were deep, this is a team that’s built for a long tournament and that’s what District III is. So, when we get to states we feel like we have a nice chance.”

It took only four innings for Milton to pull away with the double-digit win, with Jayceon White hurling a four-hit shutout with a pair of strikeouts.

“It’s been great – everybody’s been hitting great, everybody’s been fielding well,” White said. “It’s just been awesome to know I can just pitch and that I have a great defense behind me.”

Milton quickly jumped ahead in the top of the first, plating three runs off a Nolan Barry two-run single and a Tyler Jacona run on a passed ball.

Jacona came back out in the top of the second inning with an RBI single, driving in Gage Joseph to extend the lead to 4-0.

Gage Joseph slides safely into home Sunday night (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Barry scored a run on a Jayceon White fielder’s choice in the top half of the third inning to put Milton ahead 5-0.

A six-run fourth inning broke the game open for Milton.

Jacona’s RBI double to left field in the inning’s second at-bat started the scoring surge and it was quickly followed by a two-run homer from Bryce Dominick in the very next at-bat.

“I knew I was due, I needed a hit. I wasn’t expecting that, but it worked out for us,” Dominick said of his home run to deep left field.

Back-to-back doubles from White and Trey Hitchcock completed the six-run fourth inning and White finished the deal with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout in the bottom half of the inning to clinch the mercy rule victory.

“Getting out to a lead in the first inning was huge,” Mitchell said. “I think we scored three in the first inning and I knew we were going to play well from then on because it just takes a massive weight off your shoulders to get in front and ride it.”

Bryce Dominick is mobbed by his teammates at home plate after hitting a two-run bomb to deep left field in Sunday’s 11-0 victory (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

This is a familiar position for Milton’s Major Baseball squad, as they have won back-to-back Delaware state titles.

When they take the field Monday, July 23 for the state tournament, they’ll be vying for their third consecutive trip to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bristol, Conn.

“I’m just super proud of the boys,” Mitchell said. “As a coach, you can’t make too many bad decision because they’re all good kids – my job is easy. What I’m trying to do here is be a good cheerleader, keep them positive, keep them up, and try to keep the stress level down.”

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

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