The cardiac kids of the Lewes/Rehoboth Major All-Star team suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Lower Sussex in the District 3 championship July 17 in Bridgeville.
The game was delayed by lightning during the second inning when Lewes/Rehoboth had runners on first and second with no outs.
Shortly after play resumed, Miles Godwin came up with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam over the left-field fence.
After another lightning delay, Lewes/Rehoboth increased their lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth. Lower Sussex added one in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 5-2.
Lewes/Rehoboth pitcher Jameson Tingle came into the game in the sixth inning with bases loaded. Two untimely errors resulted in two runs for Lower Sussex; then a two-run single ended the game.
Godwin went 2-for-3 from the plate in the game, while Tingle went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk, CJ Norton went 1-for-1 with a single and a walk, Patrick Donahue went 1-for-2 with a single, and Trent Kauffman went 1-for-2 with a single and walk.
Norton started on the mound for Lewes/Rehoboth, throwing five innings and striking out four batters. Godwin came in from the bullpen and had a strikeout.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these young men and their efforts, drive and willingness to work together as a team over eight days and seven games,” said Lewes/Rehoboth manager Matt Brittingham. “I want them to take this experience with them as they grow into young adults. We played our hearts out this evening and we lost to a very good Lower Sussex team who will represent the Third District well. We wish them luck.”
Brittingham gave kudos to the fans and coaches that have supported them.
“Our fans have gotten their money’s worth the last eight days/seven games,” said Brittingham. “With the ups and downs, this has truly been an experience watching these boys transform into young men. Believing in one another, contributing to the team in different ways and always bring their best to the table in a positive way is what we as a coaching staff instilled in these young men, and they bought into the system. With all the ugliness out there in the world, this great game of baseball brought 13 11-12-year-old boys together with their family and friends and community to give us this amazing opportunity. I want to thank coaches Steve Kosc and Dwight Tingle for their endless hours of conversation, preparation, knowledge and sacrifice they gave to all 13 players.”