Johnny Pfander hit a 2-run single in the 8th as Naamans Senior League completed a rally from 7-1 down in the opening inning to defeat Pennsylvania 9-8 and win a repeat trip to the Senior League Baseball World Series.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Naamans gave up 7 runs in the bottom of the frame in the East Region championship, but they slowly clawed their way back.
They added a single run in the 2nd, 3 more in the 3rd, and then another run in the 4th to get back within 7-6 after 4 of the scheduled 7 innings.
Pitching took over from there, as Delaware still trailed by a run going into the final inning, and with two outs they were able to tie the game with the help from some small-ball, and it was Pfander's hit in the 8th that provided the cushion.
Pfander drove in 3 runs, while Andrew Spychalski drove in two more for the Delaware champions. Dylan Cruser and Luke Gabyrsh combined to pitch 5.2 of the 8 innings on the mound.
Gabyrsh and Danny Storm are the only two returning members of last year's squad, which competes in the 15-16 year old level of the Little League system.
The Senior League World Series kicks off Saturday in Easley, South Carolina. Delaware made it to the World Championship game in 9-8, losing to Curacao after winning the United States title.
The team will travel directly from Bangor, Maine, meaning they'll spend over two straight weeks on the road chasing the crown.