2006 Delaware State Little League® Tournament Results
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Delaware State Tournament
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2006

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Delaware State Tournament
Host - Dover (District 1)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions M-O-T (Middletown)
District 2 Champions Naamans (Wilmington)
District 3 Champions Nanticoke (Seaford)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Naamans 6, Nanticoke 5

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Naamans 7, M-O-T 3

Elimination Bracket Finals:
M.O.T. 8, Nanticoke 1 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Naamans 7, M.O.T. 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

Ken Menchaca picked the perfect moment to deliver his first-ever Little League home run.

Menchaca drilled an 0-2 pitch over the center field fence to snap a fifth inning tie, and helped lift his Naamans Little League team to a 7-5 victory over M-O-T Little League in the Delaware state championship game in Dover.

Naamans won three games without a loss at the state tournament, and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

Menchaca, who pitched the game's first four innings before connecting on the game-turning hit, later produced an insurance run with a sixth inning single to center field that scored Tim Dewey. Reliever Jesse Ellis preserved the victory by retiring the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings.

Connor McHugh, who was hitless in his first seven state tournament plate appearances, helped Naamans to build an early lead with a two-run homer in the first inning, and later added a three-run shot in the third. M-O-T rallied to tie the game with a pair of runs in the fourth, as Armando Estrada delivered an RBI single, then Chris O'Connor scored on a passed ball to tie the game.

Naamans, which reached the Little League World Series in 2002, opened the state tournament by rallying in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 6-5 victory over Nanticoke Little League. The District 2 champions led 4-1 through five innings, before Colby Hastings' single and a subsequent outfield error allowed two runs to score and capped a four run Nanticoke rally in the top of the sixth.

Naamans loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, then tied the game when Menchaca hit into a fielders' choice with the bases loaded. After Naamans re-loaded the bases, Dalton Mayberry's long drive to left center field with two outs fell in for a single and plated Mike Annone with the winning run.

The next day, McHugh threw a complete game as Naamans topped M-O-T, 7-3, and moved into the championship game. M-O-T then defeated Nanticoke, 8-1, to advance to the First State's championship game for the third time in four years.

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