Newark National Little League suffered its second loss in the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament Tuesday, ending the team’s quest to return to the Little League World Series.
Newark National fell to the team from East Pennsboro, Pa., by a score of 7-0 in Bristol, Conn.
Both teams were scoreless for three innings, but Pennsylvania scored six runs in the fourth inning. Facing tough pitching, Newark National managed only two hits and was unable to mount a late-game comeback like the team did on Monday.
It its first regionals game Monday evening, Newark National rallied from a 5-3 deficit to send the game into extra innings but the couldn’t hold on for the win.
Facing a Haverstraw, N.Y., team that crushed its first opponent on Sunday, Newark National got on the board first when Chase Thornton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
New York tied it up in the top of the second inning before Newark National extended its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly by Brady McBride and a Brad Marks double.
New York tied it up once again in the fourth inning and added another run in the fifth and sixth inning.
Down 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth – the final inning in youth games – Newark National battled back. Mark Spoor scored on a ground ball single by Marks, and then an error by the third baseman allowed McBride to score from third.
As the game headed to extra innings, New York scored four runs in the top of the eighth. Newark National scored once more, but it wasn’t enough, and the team lost by a final score of 9-6.
This year marked Newark National’s fifth appearance in the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament in the last 10 years, a decade that was highlighted by the team’s 2013 trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
This year’s players included Alexander Faircloth, Mark Spoor, Zachary Pruitt, Joseph Papili, Bradley Marks, Daniel Work, Nicholas DiTomasso, Charles Porter, Chase Thornton, Cameron Kelley, Brady McBride, Kaden Netta and Andrew Bulovas.