Newark National tosses no-hitter to advance to Regional Semifinals

By Sean Greene 8:48pm, August 6, 2013 - Updated 10:06pm, August 6, 2013
Nate Hardcastle combined with Brett Callahan on a no-hitter, and Brandon Sengphachanh clocked a grand slam as Newark National advanced to the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional Semifinals with an 11-0 victory over New Jersey Tuesday night.

Hardcastle made life tough on the hitters from the get-go, striking out 4 East Greenwich batters in the opening frame, a feat made possible by a dropped third strike during one of the strikeouts which allowed the batter to reach. Nate would strike out 12 batters against just two walks on the night. He had to be pulled with two outs in the 5th inning due to reaching the 85-pitch maximum, but Callahan forced his batter to fly out to preserve the no-hitter.

Meanwhile, Newark's offense continued to roll in Bristol, taking advantage of an error to take a 1-0 first inning lead.

Sengphachanh then broke the game open in the second inning, hitting his grand slam one batter after Jared Owens drew a bases loaded walk after Newark picked up a pair of walks and a single to get the bases loaded.

Owens would then add a sacrifice fly in the following frame, scoring Sengphachanh to bring the score to 7-0.

Newark put the game into run-rule territory in the 5th with a one-out rally that started with Jack Hardcastle's first home run in Bristol making it 8-0, and then three batters later Joey Davis, who hit four home runs in the state tournament, delivered a 3-run shot to end the scoring.

Newark National advances to play in the regional semifinals for the third straight year, which will be televised on ESPN, at either 11am or 3pm Friday depending on the outcome of Pennsylvania's game with New Jersey Wednesday night.

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