Game 1: Nanticoke Post 6 - 1, Stahl Post 30 - 0: The Nanticoke Post 6 Patriots' Jordan Haddaway pitched a complete game 1 hit shutout that was only spoiled by Stahl's Matt Hammond's double in the 7th Inning. Haddaway struck out 9 (vs 5 walks) and had a no-hitter going into the 7th. Both teams turned timely double plays as well.
Justin Gray's 480 foot solo Home Run to left center in the 4th Inning, was the only score in the game.
Game 2: Nanticoke Post 6 - 10, Stahl Post 30 - 7: The second game started very differently as both teams pounded out 6 runs each in the first 2 innings. Starters Dustin Sutton (Stahl) and Evan Niblett (Patriots) were rocked early, giving up a total of 7 extra base hits, but both found their groove in the 3rd with the score tied 6-6.
Evan Niblett only gave up one additional run, a Nate McVey home run in the 7th. Sutton allowed Post 6 to take the lead in the 4th on a 2 out walk and a couple of singles but kept the Patriots from expanding their lead until the 6th inning.
Post 6 bats exploded in the 6th as Matt Warrington, Dylan Layton and Dylan Niblett all doubled, combining with a 2 out walk to drive in 3 runs that proved to be the insurance needed.
Noah Covington came in to finish the last out of the game (Niblett had reached the Pitch Count Limit) and earned a save. See the Schedule Page stat recap for all the hits.
The Department of Delaware American Legion Baseball Committee has decided to expand the field of the 2018 State tournament to the top 8 teams based on league play.
"We looked at the schedule, and regardless if we play a six or eight team tournament, it would still take 5 days." according to State Chairman Roy Lamberton. "In addition, the top 2 seeds would not play a game until Monday of the tournament. "
"We decided under the new 7 Inning game format, we could play the entire tournament on one field, and all 8 teams would be in action during the first 2 days of the event. The idea is to send our best team to the Mid Atlantic Regional, and that requires a team to play at least 5 games."
The 2018 State Championship Tournament will start July 21st at Wilson Field in New Castle, Delaware. The host team is Stahl Post 30. (article edited July 2nd)
Ryan Campbell pitched 6 innings, scattering 5 hits and striking out 8 Stahl batters to earn the win.
Marshall Awtry had 3 RBIs for Post 1, while Kyle Walker, Austin Colmery, Nate Thomas, Jacob Meisel, and Michael Cautillo all had multi-hit games.
Hardcastle had 3 hits and Nate McVey hit a triple and scored for Stahl Post 30.
Manager: Robert Anderson
Home Field: Wilson Field, New Castle
Regional Champions - Legion World Series
1967, 1970, 1976
Delaware State Champions
1966, 1967, 1969
1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989
1995, 1997, 1998, 1999
2006, 2007, 2009,
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
*Inherited wins from the New Castle American Legion Baseball Team
Stahl Post 30 is one of the oldest and most successful teams in the Delaware American Legion Baseball program. Stahl Post 30 formed in the 1950's, but their team inherited the New Castle American Legion Baseball tradition that begun in the 1930's.
The team plays on the only field in Delaware actually owned by an American Legion Post. The Facility, named Wilson Field after the man who built it, is also the home field for Wilmington University, and several youth leagues.