Holding a 3-0 lead, the Yankees appeared to be in cruise control heading into the bottom of the third inning against the Dodgers in the Little League portion of the Morristown City Championship, but both Mother Nature and the bat of Nate Britt changed that scenario in a hurry.
Before the game was halted and delayed into a Monday night conclusion, Britt nailed a two-run double to close the Yankees’ lead to 3-2. Britt then tied the game at 3-3 after sliding safely across home plate at McAmis-Sempkowski Field.
Britt’s double to the left centerfield gap scored pinch runner Conrad Lunsford and Camden Lovin. Lunsford scored after running for Cody Johnson, who reached via a walk. Lovin reached base after roping a double.
After the game was tied at 3, the rain began flooding the field and Morristown Little League President Paul Barger declared that the playing field was unplayable from that point forward and said the game will be concluded on Monday night at 7 p.m. The game will be in a continuation form as the Dodgers have two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the third.
The last time both teams faced each other, the Dodgers rolled to a near double-digit victory. This time around however, the Yankees were the team to burst out the gates and showed their early inning prowess with two runs in the first inning. Dodgers starter Jared Coffey allowed a struck out Nash Prince to begin the game, but David Ellison followed with a single and advanced to second base on a Dodgers’ error. Evan Seals then nailed a triple to the right field fence to score Ellison, but Seals didn’t just settle for a three bagger. He also scored on the play after the throw to third base jumped over the third base fence to give the Yankees a quick 2-0 lead.
Coffey settled down and got Naylen Turner to line out and then closed out the inning on a strike out.
Yankees starter David Ellison opened the bottom of the first with a strikeout and a ground-ball out, but Coffey was able to reach base on an error with two outs. Coffey reached scoring position at second base, but Ellison shut down the scoring opportunity with a strikeout to end the first.
In the top of the second inning, Coffey continued to cruise along allowing no runs, while striking out two hitters. Ellison also shined in the second inning for the Yankees in the bottom half. Ellison gained all three outs via the strike out as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead into the top of the third.
In the top of the third, the Yankees added to their lead with another run for a 3-0 advantage. With one out, Nash Prince nailed a triple and later scored on a ground ball off the bat of Ellison to give the Yankees their final run of the night.
-By Chris Ayers, Assistant Sports Editor