(August 16, 1966)
In the opening round of the 1966 ARPD Pee Wee League playoffs, the Estuary Rams met the Woodstock Seals for the right to advance to the championship game at Krusi Park. This much anticipated battle of West-End titans turned out to be one of the greatest pitching duels in ARPD history.
Patrick Kenly took the mound for Woodstock, while Jerome Shelton got the nod for the Estuary nine. Both pitchers threw gems as only two hits were allowed across six innings. When it was over, no one could accuse either hurler of a poor outing. Unfortunately, only one could claim the win. Shelton was king of the hill that day throwing a no-hit, 1-0 shutout. Kenneth Bradley scored the winning run on a second inning Seal miscue, sliding into home just ahead of the ball.
Kenly only allowed hits to Bradley and Ellis Thomas, but that was enough for Estuary to earn a trip to face the Krusi Colts for the Pee Wee crown two nights later.
Jerome Shelton would later follow his brother Eric’s footsteps as a gridiron star for Encinal High School, scoring 16 touchdowns for the Jets in 1973.