Newark National's Zach Pruitt scored two runs, and drove in two more, as they earned a spot in Wednesday's Delaware Little League Championship Game with a 7-1 win over Lower Sussex.
A night after Lower Sussex needed a walk-off grand slam to win an extra-inning, 13-12 game over M.O.T., Monday's game proved to be low scoring.
Newark National jumped ahead on Pruitt's sacrifice fly in the first inning, only to have Sussex tie the game on Dylan Bunting's 4th inning homer.
The tie game wouldn't last long, as Brad Marks gave Newark the lead for good with an RBI double that scored pinch runner Nick DiTomasso for a 2-1 lead.
Pruitt added an RBI single, and an error led to a 4th run in the game for the champions of Delaware's northernmost district.
Lower Sussex would load the bases in the 5th, bringing Marks past his pitch limit despite giving up just 1 run, but Cameron Kelley came in for a strikeout to end the inning with the go-ahead run at the plate.
Newark National collected another 3 runs in the 6th, including a 2-run single from Kaden Netta, and their spot in the championship game was secure.
Marks earned the victory on the mound, pitching 4.2 innings, giving up just the one run and 6 hits, while striking out 5. Kelley earned the 4 out save with two strikeouts.
Lower Sussex's Sean Ely had a 1-hitter going into the 5th inning when he ran into trouble, but his 4 strikeouts kept Newark National on its toes most of the night.
The game was played after about an 18-minute delay caused by late afternoon thunderstorms, but despite 78 MPH winds being reported at the nearby New Castle County airport two hours earlier, the New Castle Little League grounds crew had the field ready to go for competition quickly.
Lower Sussex will face M.O.T. in a rematch Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at New Castle, the winner will have to defeat Newark National twice to claim the state title and trip to Bristol, Connecticut for the Mid Atlantic Regional.
Newark National will be looking for its 5th Delaware championship this decade, they won the 2011-14 crowns, including the 2013 team that qualified for the Little League World Series.