With the game even at 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Cicero had runners on second and third with nobody out, but it could not move ahead. Instead, it watched New Jersey took advantage of a walk, throwing error and single to win it in the bottom of the eighth.
Later that same day, Cicero faced a must-win rematch with Dover if it wanted to stay alive, and got it, prevailing by the same 5-1 margin as it did in the tournament opener against Maryland.
Living up to a growing big-game reputation, Ryan Martin (Bishop Grimes) limited Dover to one hit in 5 1/3 innings on the mound before Apps, going the remaining 1 2/3 innings, earned the save. DeLuca, who tripled in the New Jersey game, got two hits and two RBIs here, while Vinciguerra added two hits and McArdell reached base three times, including a pair of walks.
This all led to the July 18 game against New Jersey. Get a win here, and Cicero would have an immediate rematch to determine the championship.
Again, it went to the latter stages a 2-2 game, and again the Dawgs would falter, New Jersey picking up three runs in the sixth and finishing off a 5-2 decision to advance to the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C., which starts later this week.