Naamans Senior League 2019 champs

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.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).