Delaware, Ontario become final LLWS entrants
BRISTOL, Conn. – Nathan Hardcastle had two hits, scored three runs, and struck out nine batters in 5 1/3 innings to lead Newark, Del. to an 8-2 win over Lionville on Sunday in the Little League Mid-Atlantic regional championship game.
The Delaware team advanced to the Little League World Series and will meet Midwest champion Urbandale, Iowa, on Aug. 16 at Lamade Stadium.
Newark is the second team from Delaware to make it to Williamsport. Wilmington/ Naamans represented the Mid-Atlantic region in 2003.
Eric Ludman had two hits and two RBIs for Newark, which scored six runs in the third inning as Newark opened up a 7-1 lead.
Connor Kalten had a pair of RBI doubles for Lionville, and Michael Rodriguez had two hits and struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Lionville suffered its first loss of the All-Star season in the regional final. Lionville was 4-0 in regional pool play before beating Washington D.C., 9-3, in the semifinals.
Delaware was the final US team to lock up its spot in the Little League World Series, which begins Thursday.
East Napean Little League of Ontario became the final International team to earn its spot in the tournament Sunday, defeating White Rock South Surrey Little League of White Rock, British Columbia, 5-1, in the Canadian final. East Napean qualifies for the Little League World Series for the first time since 2004 with the win.