Down 5-1 entering the sixth inning, the Lewes/Rehoboth Major League All-Stars proved to be comeback kids, scoring seven runs in the final inning to take the lead. They then got out of a bases-loaded jam to finish off the 8-5 win over Georgetown in the District 3 tournament.
“This shows the resilience and character of this team,” said Lewes/Rehoboth manager Matt Brittingham. “Never giving up. A total team win. Those who didn’t hit played great defense in the field. It was a total team effort. I’m really proud of the team.”
Trent Kauffman went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two singles. Brady Kosc went 2-for-4 with a double and single. Miles Godwin was 2-for-4 with two singles. Matt Brittingham, Chase Resnick, Jameson Tingle and Lawson Whaley each had a single.
The sixth-inning rally was started by Maddox Rineer, who came off the bench and stroked a key double.
Kauffman had two RBIs, while Resnick, Tingle, Patrick Donahue, Godwin and CJ Norton all had one.
Donahue started on the mound, pitching 2 1/3 innings, striking out one Georgetown batter. Austin Dostal came in from the bullpen to throw three strong innings, striking out four batters.
Tingle came in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, striking out one and forcing a ground out to seal the win for Lewes/Rehoboth.
“I was a little nervous,” said Tingle. “But I knew my teammates were behind me, so I focused on throwing strikes. It was a great team win.”
Caleb Rogers started on the mound for the Georgetown squad, pitching 5 1/3 innings and going 3-for-3 at the plate. Joaquin Rodriguez-Costa went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, while Palmer Schaeffer was 2-for-4 with a double and a single, Dylan Briggs was 2-for-4 with two singles and Kole Swain went 1-for-4 with a double.
Lewes/Rehoboth moves to the championship round with Lower Sussex. They will need to win twice to claim the District 3 title. The first of two possible games is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at Woodbridge Little League.