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Milton Major League Pat Knight All-Stars win tournament

Beat Lower Sussex 5-3 to go undefeated 7-0
By Dave Frederick | Jul 21, 2014
Photo by: Dave Frederick Milton Majors Pat Knight champions include in back (l-r) manager Bill Coulbourne and coaches Donovan Hoyt and Jay Stevens; middle row, Layne Hoyt, Brett Townsend, Deven Wilson, Sean Clendaniel, Seth Stevens, AJ White and Blaine Doel; kneeling in front, Colby Morris, Cameron Killien, Shane Coulbourne and Gian Singh.

The Milton Little League Parade came full circle just east of the Georgetown circle July 20 as the Milton Pat Knight Major League All-Stars defeated Lower Sussex 5-3 in six innings to complete a seven-game sweep of the Sussex County tournament.

The “Milton Boys” dressed in uniforms of the regular-season teams won with timely hitting and aggressive base running, flashing some leather in the outfield  and championed by the positive energy of manger Bill Colbourne, Jay Stevens and Donovan Hoyt.

Lower Sussex grabbed a 3-2 lead in the top of the third and coach Hoyt told the players, ”They are giving us a game; that’s good; I’m liking that. Now let's get some more runs and get back in front.”

Catcher Gian Sing, who scored a run in the second on a Layne Hoyt double, ripped a double into the outfield to score three as Milton reclaimed the lead 4-3.

Sing would go on to have 4 RBIs on the game and score a run, while pitcher Sean Clendaniel went the distance, staying calm and in control on the mound.

“No, I don’t get nervous out there," he said. "It was just another game.”

Coulbourne reflected back on the team’s undefeated tournament run. “I knew we would be right there with everybody else. We played a lot of good teams with good coaching, and the kids were very well behaved. We had a veteran team, nine 12-year-olds, and all of them have played a lot of baseball. They never had that quit all week,” he said.

A big play was made in the sixth when a “frozen no joke rope” screamed and sank into left field and was caught right in front of his face by Colby Morris in a snag-it-or-die-trying athletic move.

“They call him Speedy, “said Rusty Rauch, standing ouside the fence. Rauch was manager of Milton's 9-10 district champion team. "That boy can run, and he ain’t afraid to get there.”

The game concluded, medals were awarded, a trophy was presented; then a party of picture-taking parents crowded onto the field to capture the memories which in Milton will live forever.

 

Sean Clendaniel goes the distance to pick up the win. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Deven Wilson strokes a base hit. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Little League, patriotism, moms in lawn chairs, young kids learning to compete (l-r) Seth Stevens, Sean Clendaniel, and Brett Townsend. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Lower Sussex first baseman Kris Medford gets ready to grab one. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Milton right fielder Layne Hoyt arrives at third base. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cameron Killien, left and Shane Coulbourne hug pitcher Sean Clendaniel as AJ White, left, and Seth Stevens run to the mound. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Colby "Speedy" Morris saves an extra base hit. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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