Newark National's 2019 Delaware Little League State Champions

Newark National's 2019 Delaware Little League State Champions

Brad Marks and Zach Pruitt each drove in 2 runs as Newark National won their 5th Delaware Little League title this decade with a 5-2 win over Lower Sussex.

Lower Sussex took a quick 1-0 lead after Rosnell Lewis' lead-off double was cashed in on a Jace Jarmon groundout.

Trey Hill blasted one near the right-centerfield wall on the next at-bat, but Zach Pruitt thought he had a read on it, only to slightly overrun the ball and have it go off of his face.

After asking his coaches to stay in the game, he would be temporarily removed, but found his way back onto the field, and would make a difference in the crucial 3rd inning rally.

On three straight pitches, Newark National scored 4 of their 5 runs on the night.

Brady McBride singled in Charlie Porter, Brad Mark's doubled in Mark Spoor, and then Pruitt sent a drive right where he had been smacked by the baseball earlier, getting a 2-run double to give his team a 4-1 lead.

That was more than enough support for Chase Thornton, who settled down after the first inning trouble, picking up 8 strikeouts, the last of which game as he reached his pitch limit with 1 out in the final inning.

Lower Sussex would get the tying run to the plate with 2 outs against Cameron Kelley, but a strikeout gave Newark National their first trip to the Mid-Atlantic Regional since 2014.

McBride, Pruitt, and Thornton all had 2 hits for Newark National, who will travel to Bristol, Connecticut next week looking to repeat their program's 2013 trip to Williamsport.

Rosnell Lewis and Jace Jarmon each had 2 hits for Lower Sussex, who finished 2-2 in the state tournament, having to play in all 4 games after eliminating M.O.T. in a continued game before the championship.

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