Road to the Little League World Series Begins in Ocean County
Passing storms on Monday night caused delays and cancellations to the schedule in the District 18 Little League All-Star Tournament. In Jackson, passing thunderstorms delayed the Toms River Little League’s intraleague matchup and a game between Jackson and Lacey for approximately 35 minutes and cancelled a game between Holbrook and Brick. While field conditions in Brick forced the postponement of two games.
The games that were played, delivered plenty of excitement for those who withstood the elements as little leaguers from all over Ocean County began their quest to be the next local team to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
12 year old division results:
Toms River Little League American 22 Toms River National 1
The Toms River American 12 year old All-Stars started their season off with a win over intraleague rivals Toms River Nationals. Toms River American, started the game with Back to Back to Back HR’s by Jared Bellissimo, Justin Schaff and Matthew Fitzpatrick and jumped out to a 9-0 lead after one. They would not look back winning by a score of 22-1. Bellissimo and Fitzpatrick would each add another HR during the 4 inning game. Toms River American collected 17 hits on their way to victory. Matthew Fitzpatrick Anthony Sasso and Justin Schaff held their rivals to 1 hit and 1 run scored.
After the trio led off the game with 3 back to back home runs, the game was delayed for 35 minutes by a passing thunderstorm, but that didn’t dampen their spirits in the slightest as they combined for 9 of American’s 22 runs scored. Fitzpatrick almost had a second home run in his second time at bat in the first inning, but the ball fell short, bouncing off the outfield fence, scoring 2 runs on a long double.
Bellissimo, Schaff and Fitzpatrick’s explosive offense was no match for Toms River Little League’s National team. On several occasions, they launched monster shots that landed in the infield of the adjacent field at the Jackson Justice Complex where Jackson Little League was playing Lacey.
Next up Toms River American faces Berkeley in Berkely on Wednesday June 27, 2012. Toms River Little League was the 2010 Mid-Atlantic champions when the national team reached Williamsport. This year, in district 18, it’s looking like Toms River American could be the team to watch out for in District 18, which encompasses Ocean County.
Jackson Little League 4 Lacey 2
Jackson Little League’s Steven Pochinski broke a scoreless tie against Lacey tonight with a two run home run in the 3rd inning enroute to a 4-2 win in their first game of the 12 year old 2012 District 18 All-Star tournament. For little leaguers around the world, this is their first step in their quest for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
In the 4th inning, AJ Tolmachewich hit a solo home run, followed by a long solo shot by Jake Fox. Lacey showed signs of a comeback by cutting Jackson’s lead in half, but a strong defensive performance kept Lacey batters off the bases.
Barnegat 15 Beachwood 1
JuniorLeague Division Scores
Toms River East American 16 Manchester 2
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