In a very evenly contested matchup in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, the Delaware representative Naamans Little League eked out a victory over the Maryland representative Conococheague Little League 2-1 Sunday afternoon.
The game was highlighted by both teams' standout pitchers, with both coming up with timely strikeouts when their teams absolutely needed it. But it ended up being Delaware’s pitcher, Peter Hudson, changing the game with his bat.
Hudson hit an RBI single to center field to bring home Nic Ciritella to give his team the momentum and Delaware ended up walking away with their first win in the tournament.
Hudson said while he was up at bat all he thought was just to hit it hard and run fast. Once they got the first run he said the momentum started to change.
“The mood in the dugout was definitely better than it was before,” Hudson said.
But the game was far from over. In the sixth inning, Maryland rallied back to tie up the score on a wild pitch.
In the bottom half, Delaware sealed the win after Zach Derbyshire came home to score on another wild pitch.
“Anything past the catcher I was going either way,” Derbyshire said. “My adrenaline was pumping and I knew I was going to go as fast as I could. It felt great. It was a win for the team and for the family.”
Delaware Manager Chuck Hudson said his team was excited entering the game. He said they were proud to be able to get back to the regional tournament for the first time in 16 years.
“It feels great for our team, for our state and for our district that we were able to win,” Hudson said. “We’ve been in a lot of tight games and I just knew that today we had it and that we were going to be able to get it done.