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May 18 & 21HTRBA International
Sterling Title wins one and fallies to tie one
May 21: Ben Hogan had two hits and three RBI, including the game-winner, as Sterling Title came back for a 12-11 win over Angelucci Financial in HTRBA Little League International. Matt D’Agostino went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Anthony Belardo had two hits and Danny Edwards contributed a two RBI single. Tyler Conard got the win on the mound in relief.
For Angelucci Financial, Alex Marino had two hits, including an inside the park home run, and Patrick Paterson chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Simeon Fox pitched well for Angelucci.
Three days earlier, Sterling rallied for an 8-8 tie with VFW Post 3525. Tommy Yesenosky had a two run triple, and Brett Miller and Brandon Lehman each scored twice for VFW. Roberto Holmes had three RBI, while Chris Knicos was on base twice with a run scored.
May 22 HTRBA Majors
B&E takes care of the rest of its business against PJPW
May 22: In an HTRBA Major Division game that was stopped in the top of the fourth inning on opening night, B&E Service finished what they started with a 14-2 win over Play Good Play Well
. Picking up with the score 7-2 in the top of the 4th inning, B&E added two in the fourth and five in the fifth to put it away. Tyler Dunmeyer had a double, home run and four RBI, while Aiden Guitterez, Kenny Schirmer, Nicholas Varrone and Nick Csillan each had a single and two runs scored. Michael Papiez also added an RBI Single for B&E Service. Dunmeyer was the starting pitcher, striking out 5, Schirmer had four Ks in relief and Jonathon Wysock pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the save.
Steven Wilfing and Eric Sushke provided the offense for Play Good Play Well.
May 22 Sunnybrae AAA
Bucchino Builders and Yonkowski Plumbing play to tie
May 22: Bucchino Builders and Yonkowski Plumbing and Heating each played to an 11-11 tie in Sunnybrae Little League AAA play, as each team exploded for a six-run inning. Sean Finnegan (3 hits), Jack Pattick and Christopher Cronce (2 each) led Yonkowski’s offense. Zach Silverglade (2 hits, 3 runs) and Aidan Blake (2 hits, 3 RBI) paced Bucchino.
May 22 NLL Majors
Hamilton Supply clinches first by rallying past Bocchini
May 22: Hamilton supply clinched first place with a 9-8 win over Bocchini in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. After being down 5-0 in the third, Jared Struble hit a two-run homer to center field to get Hamilton Supply started. Danny Melnick came on in relief in the top of the third and fanned six to get the win. Anthony Ficarro had two hits and Andy Jaquez had a hit and RBI and played excellent defense at second base.
Josh Lyons had five strikeouts in three innings for Bocchini.
May 21 NLL Majors
Jay Robert tops Bob Hope thanks to 14-hit attack
May 21: Jay Robert Realtors and Bob Hope Auto Body had a rematch of their eight-inning Nottingham Little League Major Division President's Tournament Championship tonight, and Jay Robert won again, 9-7 in another tight game.
The Realtors 14-hit attack was led by by Matt Sangillo, Scott Soleimani, Ryan Schwager and David Iorio (2 hits eaci). JT McQuigg, who scored the winning run in the Championship game, drove in the go-ahead and winning run. Jay Robert got solid pitching from starter Schwager and closer Matteo Belardo.
Jake Muller had 2 homers and 4 RBI and Chris Rooney had a two-run homer for Bob Hope
May 20-21 Little Lads Majors
Welke's arm and bat lead MLR to a pair of victories
May 21: MLR defeated The Dennis Team, 14-6, Hamilton Little Lads Major Division action. Josh Welke was the winning pitcher for MLR.
For The Dennis Team, Justin Wiltsey hit his 10th home run of the season and Jake Gmitter hit his first.
A day earlier, Welke was 4-for-4 in MLR’s 11-1 win over Outback Steakhouse. Chad Tomaseck hit his first homer of the year and had three RBI in support of winning pitcher Luke Rogers.
For Outback, Stephen Mizsak and Nick Wright pitched well and Nick DeAngelo turned an unassisted double play.
May 19 Travel
Paterson helps Hamilton 9U Heat run past Northern
May 19: Something had to give and someone had to take.
And the Hamilton 9U Heat travel baseball team took a 12-4 win over the Northern Bulldogs in a battle of the division’s last two unbeaten teams. Patrick Paterson celebrated his birthday weekend by running wild on the bases as he turned an infield single and two walks into five stolen bases (including home twice) and three runs scored.
Tyler Dunmeyer and Alex Marino combined to allow just one earned run on five hits. Nick Csillan had a great game behind the plate which included a the back end of a doube play in which he blocked home to make the tag and keep the score tied at 4-4. Dunmeyer also helped the cause with a hit and three RBI, while Justin Wright added a hit and two RBI.
May 18 Little Lads Juniors
Delellis, Petro, Calderon pitch Sikorski to win
May 18: Sikorski Mechanical & Mainteneance, LLC. defeated Poor Boy Subs, 5-0, in Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division action. Dom Delellis, Braedon Petro and Jovani Calderon combined to pitch the shutout and Rookie Division call-up Anthony Zamichilli went 2-for-2 to help lead the offense.
May 19 NLL Majors President’s Tournament
Jay Robert rallies twice to win title game over Bob Hope
May 19: Jay Robert Realtors defeated Bob Hope Auto Body, 7-6, in eight innings in the Inaugural Nottingham Little League Major Division President's Tournament championship game.
There was a pre-game ceremony honoring past President Tim Kline and recognizing his three years at NLL.
Despite a 10-strikeout, one-hit effort by Jake Muller over 4-1/3 innings, the Jay Robert "Cardiac Kids" were able to rally twice to win the title as JT McQuigg scored the winning run in the top of the eighth inning.
Trailing 3-1, Jay Robert's Connor Bagley and Joe Guadagno each scored on RBI singles by Scott Soleimani and Ryan Schwager to tie the score. The Realtors scored three more in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by Ryan Hannawacker and Christian Cardinale to go ahead 6-3, only to get tied again in the bottom of the seventh on Muller’s second homer of the game, and a two-run blast by Joe Swindasz.
Jay Robert got strong pitching efforts from starter David Iorio, Soleimani and closer Matteo Belardo.
James, Santin help Salazano outslug Bernie’s in consy
Brendan James had a single, double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored while Gabe Santin had a single, grand slam and dive RBI as Jerry Salzano Baseball Academy outslugged Bernie’s Bicycle, 19-15, in a Nottingham Little League Major Division Mid-Season President’s Tournament consolation game today.
Sammy Ponticiello, Cade Angelucci and Corey Walsh all had two hits, Ricky Picerno picked up the win pitching the last two innings and allowing two runs. Mario Mazur had three hits for Bernie’s while Colin Smith and Christian D'Andrea had two apiece.
May 19 HTRBA Minors
Pukala and Ortiz power Garden State Legal Services
May 19: Garden State Legal Services took a 9-6 win over Brothers Auto Body in HTRBA Minor Division play, improving its record to 5-1.
GSLS was led by the hot hitting of Cole Pukala and Noali Ortiz, who each had four hits. Chris Babkowski and Adam Beigman pounded out three hits apiece, while Ryan Johnson had two hits and played outstanding defense.
Chase Corallo had three hits for Brothers Auto Body.
May 18 Little Lads Rookies
PBA 167 and Hamilton Physical Therapy battle it out
May 18: PBA 167 and Hamilton Physical Therapy played a hard fought game in Hamilton Little Lads Rookie action. For PBA, Alina Amell and Matthew Mottola each made big defensive plays at second base, while Antonio Dunn was stellar at pitching with some strong plays. HPT got a strong team effort as it kept PBA on its toes.
May 17 NLL Majors
Harkness harnesses Bernie’s with complete game effort
May 17: Jerry Salzano Baseball Academy defeated Bernie’s Bicycle, 13-2, tonight in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Nick Harkness pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts, and helped his cause with a single, home run, two RBI and two runs.
Corey Walsh (3 hits, 3 runs, RBI), Nick Gonzalez ( single, double, RBI, run), Sammy Ponticiello ( single, double, RBI, 2 runs) and Ryan Conover (2 hits, run) contributed as well. Aaron Woods had two hits for Bernie’s.
May 17 HTRBA Majors
Crawford, Coffey slug Hamilton Fire to win
May 17: Hamilton Fire took an 11-8 win over Joe’s Transmission in HTRBA Major Division play, as Sam Crawford was 4-for- 4 with his first home run, while Tyler Coffey had two doubles. Craig "Fandango" Bishop had a big RBI single, Will Richards had a double and single and Jack " Mariano" Milazzo closed it out.
Sammy Raymond had a homer and double for Joes.
May 16 HTRBA International
Pitching trio gives a Sterling shutout effort in victory
May 16: Tyler Conard, Matt D’Agostino, and Gabe Denes combined on a two-hit shutout as Sterling Title rolled by B&E Service, 11-0, in an HTRBA International Division game. D’Agostino went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Roberto Holmes had two hits and two runs scored, while Anthony Belardo contributed a two-run double. Danny Edwards made an outstanding catch in the field to rob B&E’s Tyler Dunmeyer of an easy triple. Nick Csillan had six strikeouts on the mound for B&E Service.
Martin hits, pitches and fields in VFW Post 3525 win
May 16: VFW Post 3525 took a 12-3 win over B&E Service in HTRBA International Division play as Brett Miller, Justin Germana, Tommy Yesenosky, and Brandon Lehman all had multi hit games. Jesse Pecarsky picked up the win, allowing only four hits while striking out three. Jack Martin notched the save, crushed a triple and made three stellar defensive plays at shortstop
Kenny Schirmer and Jonathon Wysock led B & E by scoring all three runs on two hits apiece.
Play Good Play Well wins three straight games
May 16: Play Good Play Well had every player score a run in a 15-3 victory over Angelucci Financial in HTRBA International Division play. The winners used a 10-hit attack (6 doubles) to post three five-run innings. Winning pitcher Chewy Rocco went 4-for-4 to support his own cause. Eric Suschke and Josh Eget had two doubles each and Erik Hawrylo chipped in with one for PGPW (6-3) as it won its third straight.
Patrick Patterson and Michael Smith combined for four of Angelucci's six hits.
In two previous games, PGPW beat Sterling Title, 13-6 and VFW Post 3525, 4-1.
Against Sterling, winning pitcher Kyle Sirimis went 2-for-3 and scored twice to support his own cause. Kevin Radler was outstanding defensively for the winners. Jeremy Shuler stretched his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single. Steven Wilfing collected two hits and drove in four runs for PGPW who moved over .500 (4-3) with the win.
Sterling was led by two-hit performances from Gabe Denes, Roberto Holmes,and Justin Wright.
Against VFW, Sirimis and Rocco combined for a three-hitter with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Wilfing was a wall behind the plate, holding VFW base runners in check all night. His VFW counterpart, Brett Miller was solid as well.
PGPW got all the offense it needed from Eget, who popped a two-run double in the first inning. Justin Germana fanned four in two innings of relief for VFW.
May 16 NLL Majors
Karlik, Brunow combine for thrilling Bob Hope walk-off
May 16: Louis Karlik hit your basic two-run sacrifice fly to lead Bob Hope Auto Body to a thrilling, 7-6 walk-off win over Bernie’s Bicycle, putting the Hopefuls back above .500 in Nottingham Little League Major Division action tonight.
Trailing 6 to 4 in the bottom of the 6th Bob Hope rallied for three runs. With runners on second and third, Karlik sent a fly ball to deep right field, and Justin Brunow raced all the way from second for the game-winning run. Karlik also homered in the game giving him 3 RBI on the night.
Brunow was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI, while Kyle Ayres was 2-for-2 and Aidan Ryan contributed a key hit for the winners. Patrick Luckie earned the win by striking out three over the last 1.1 innings.
Big hits by Walczak, Abbato pace Hamilton Supply
May 16: Hamilton Supply and Jay Roberts volleyed the lead five times on Thursday, but Hamilton Supply came out with a 6-4 win in Nottingham Little League Major Division play tonight.
Brady Plunkett recorded the win, allowing five hits and four runs in four innings, while Danny Melnick notched the save with two hitless, scoreless innings.
The Mighty Pine Men went up for good with a four-run third, as Mason Walczak had a two run double and John Abbato an RBI single.
Ryan Schwager recorded 7 strikeouts in four innings for Jay Roberts
May 15 HTRBA International
Kids at Heart show their heart with big comeback
May 15: Kids at Heart downed Angelucci Financial, 13-6, in HTRBA International play as KAH scored 12 runs in the final three innings to erase a 5-1 deficit. Tyler Milton, Manny Holsneck, Joe Lemley, Ameer Muse and Evan Celentana each had two hits for the winners, while Jack Bisset and Sal Esposito also had big hits in the five-run fourth. Milton made a big catch in the outfield with the bases loaded to snuff a rally.
For Angelucci Alex Marino and Michael Smith each collected two hits.
May 15 Little Lads Juniors
Sikorski leads Sikorski with extra-base bonanza
May 15: Sikorski Mechanical & Mainteneance, LLC defeated Quick Check, 14-0, in Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division action. The win was led by Billy Sikorski, who had two triples and a double, Sammy Holsneck (3-for-3) and Rookie Division call-up Christian Gryziewicz (2-for-3).
May 15 Sunnybrae Majors
Lakeside Shell’s Fessler nearly untouchable on mound
May 15: Lakeside Shell beat First Choice Bank, 8-1, in Sunnybrae Little League Major Division action as Andrew Fessler fired a one-hitter with three walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings. Nick Potocki threw the final inning and had two strikeouts.
Angelo Falvo hit a two-run homer in the first, while Anthony Cilluffo had a single, triple and three RBI, while Connor Cook and Mike Mostrowski each had two hits apiece. Justin Frascela had the First Choice hit.
May 14 Little Lads Majors
Sharpley a sharpie in pitching Cooper to victory
May 14: Cooper Plumbing defeated The Dennis Team, 7-3, in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division action. Timmy Sharpley threw a complete game with seven strikeouts while also going 2-for-2. Hezekiah Patterson went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI and Kerrion Upshur contributed a hit and strong defense.
RJ Episcopo went 2-for-3 for The Dennis Team
Diaz fires three-hitter with 12 Ks as Elks snap skid
May 14: Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262 defeated Outback Steakhouse 4-2 in an exciting Hamilton Little Lads Major Division pitchers' duel. Louie Pasculli and Reggie Clarke each contributed a hit and an RBI to back up Jason Diaz, who fired a complete game 3-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead the Elks out of their losing streak. Nick Hall had a critical sacrifice to knock in a run.
For Outback, Brett Harris was strong on the mound, throwing a complete game four-hitter with six strikeouts. Stephen Mizsak was strong defensively behind the plate. David Zamora lined an RBI double off the center field fence to lead the offense.
May 14 HTRBA Majors
Crawford, McCann, Coffey keep Fire burning
May 14: Hamilton Fire improved to 10-1 with a 12-3 win over Allegretti Builders in HTRBA Major Division play. Sam Crawford was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts and he also collected two hits. Aidan McCann added two hits, Tyler Coffey had a triple and single.
Jeff Wiltsey hit a three-run homer for Allegretti and pitched well in the loss.
May 14 Nottingham Majors
Vizzoni’s pitching and fielding help DiStefano win in extras
May 14: DiStefano Plumbing outlasted Coleman's Hamilton Supply, 4-3, in an eight-inning Nottingham Little League Major Division thriller. Jimmy Vizzoni pitched 6-2/3 strong innings and made a nice catch to preserve the victory. Evan McGovern pitched solid in relief to pick up the win. Jake DiChiara had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs, Angelo Mitala had a key single and RBI, and Zach Wolfsgruber had three hits including a double and the game-winning RBI.
For Hamilton Supply, Ryan Onderdonk pitched well in relief and Danny Melnick had a clutch double and RBI.
May 14 Sunnybrae Majors
Falvo, Gater, Mostrowski slug Lakeside to win
May 14: Angelo Falvo had two hits, including a homer, and three RBI as Lakdeside Shell took an 11-8 slugfest over First Choice Bank in Sunnybrae Major Division play. Tom Gater and Mike Mostrowski had three hits apiece while Anthony Cilluffo, Tim Toomer and Andrew Fessler each added two in a 16-hit attack. Fessler and Gater struck out 12 over five innings of relief work.
Bryce Egan had two hits and scored three runs for First Choice.
May 13 Sunnybrae Majors/Interleague
Lakeside Shell gets tied up twice in a row
May 13: Coming off an 8-8 tie with Yardville Supply, Sunnybare’s Lakeside Shell made it two deadlocks in a row with a 6-6 tie against HTRBA’s Golden Dawn. Andrew Fessler struck out eight in three innings and Sean Fessler allowed two hits in relief. Sean added an RBI double while Andrew had an RBI triple. Mike Mostrowski added had and RBI double that plated Nick Potocki (single).
In an SLL Major game with Supply, Dave Falvo had an RBI triple, Tommy Gater hit his first homer of the season, Connor Cook and Angelo Falvo each had an RBI and Mike Mostrowski had two doubles and two RBI.
Mason Fitzpatrick hit a two-run double for Yardville Supply, while Christian DeLorenzo had three hits and three runs and Ryan “Son of Dweller” Beczo had two hits.
May 13 HTRBA Minors
Pukala pumps it up in GSLS victory
May 13: Cole Pukala tripled and homered and collected four hits, while Mekai Ortiz and Kevin Scarborough also had four hits as GSLS took a 9-2 win over Abbot’s in an HTRBA Minor Division game. Adam Beigman and Justin Allen ripped two hits apiece as GSLS improved to 4-1.
May 13 Little Lads Minors
Cramer, Williams, Papiez lead County Line
May 13: County Line Tree Service defeated Muni's Painting, 7-3, in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division action. Tommy Cramer was the winning pitcher, while Chris Williams and Jakob Papiez each reached base in all their at-bats. Anthony Yamucil contributed to the win with a big catch in centerfield.
Zachary Flynn had two hits for Muni's and Joey Muni pitched well in relief.
May 7 Little Lads Minors
Kasa’s escape act helps County Line Tree Service
May 7: County Line Tree Service defeated Dean's Learning Center, 14-3, in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division action. Connor Kasa pitched two scoreless innings in relief and got out of a bases loaded jam to keep the game under control so Tommy Cramer could get the win. James Moore made a sparkling play at third base. Leading the offense were Kasa, Cramer and Andrew Nixon with two hits each.
Logan Cook and Bryan Hoffman led the offense for Deans Learning Center.
May 11 NLL Major President’s Tournament
Ayres, Brunow, Swindasz slug Bob Hope to finals
May 11: Bob Hope Auto Body advanced to the finals of the mid season President's tournament with a 9 3 win over Haldeman Ford in the semifinals of the Nottingham Little League Major Division’s Mid-Season President’s Tournament.
Kyle Ayres went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and four RBI. Jared Brunow and Joe Swindasz each had a single and double, while Lucas Simms and Patrick Luckie both provided key hits.
Jake Muller was again dominating on the hill, allowing three hits and striking out 10 in 4.2 innings pitched. Justin Brunow finished the final 1.1 innings to complete the win.
Haldeman was led by Gehrig Rios with 2 hits.
Up next for Bob Hope in the finals is Jay Robert Realty
Belardo, Iorio Pittaro slug Jay Robert into title game
May 11: Jay Robert Realtors advanced to the Championship Game of the Nottingham Little League Major Division’s Mid-Season President's Tournament by defeating Bocchini-Carnelli, 6-3, last night. The Realtor's 11-hit attack was led by Matteo Belardo's two-run homer in the top of the first. David Iorio remained hot by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI, and CJ Pitarro had three hits.
Scott Soleimani pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and striking out 10. One of those hits was Josh Lyon's first Major League HR.
May 11 HTRBA Majors
Springett, Coffey, Milazzo explode for Hamilton Fire
May 11: Tyler Springett, Tyler Coffey and Jack Milazzo hit consecutive first inning homers to power Hamilton Fire to a 13-4 win over Yardville Hotel in an HTRBA Major Division contest. Will Richards added two RBI while Josh Newcomb had a three-run homer for Carvel.
May 10 Little Lads Rookies
Foley’s and Broad Street Diner give it their all
May 10: In fantastic rookie ball action, Foley's Shop 'n' Bag and Broad Street Diner duked it out to a tie. For Broad Street Diner, Dan Tozzi had three solid hits and played good defense. Nando Migliarese also contributed three big-time hits, while Grady Shaffer had three hits and three RBI.
Foley played an excellent defensive game featuring a double play turned by Shawn House and Anthony O'Rourke. Big Will Sheridan snagged a sharp grounder and made an awesome play at first base. Christian Gryziewiz was a call-up for this game and played well, contributing two hits and earning the game ball.
May 10 Little Lads Majors
Truss, Tomaseck, White pace MLR victory
May 10: MLR defeated Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262, 11-1, in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division action. Hillman Truss kept the Elks' bats off balance, allowing only three hits while striking out nine. Chad Tomaseck had three hits and Ahmad White contributed fours to the MLR offensive attack.
For the Elks, Reggie Clarke played a strong center field. Nick Diaz, Peter Wright and Owen Lucash collected the hits for the Elks, with Diaz scoring the lone Elks run.
Vitella, Barber and Sharpley sharp for Cooper Plumbing
May 10: Cooper Plumbing shut out Outback Steakhouse, 11-0, in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division action as Mikey Vitella, Timmy Sharpley and Logan Barber combined to throw a one-hitter. Anthony Frascella had a single, double and triple with three stolen bases, Anthony Hreinz had a hit and an RBI and Bryan Cooper had two stolen bases and some good defensive plays to help his team.
Brandon Muir got the Outback hit.
May 9 HTRBA Minors
A double shot of Joe helps 33's Barber Shop to win
May 9: The 33’s Barber Shop took a 5-2 win over Brothers Auto Body, getting three hits apiece from Joe Fisher and Joe Conti and stellar defensive plays from Curits Selmon and “Laid Back” Luke Nelson. Brothers got three hits each from Manishq Goribidanur, Chase Corallo and Charlie McGuire, while Jack Formica and Conor MacDonald had two hits apiece.
May 9 HTRBA International
The Schirmer(nator) shuts down Kids At Heart
May 9: The Schirmer-nator was a terminator as he threw five innings of two-hit baseball with nine strikeouts to lead B&E Srvice to a win over Kids at Heart in an HTRBA International Division game. Schirmer also had an RBI double as B&E won its fourth straight.
Other contributors were Tyler Dunmeyer (single, triple, 2 RBI), Nick Csillan (2-run homer, plus excellent job at catcher), Tyler Cain (rally-killing catch in right) and Jonathon Wysock (stellar grab at short). Dunmeyer struck out the side in the sixth to end it.
Cole Givens had two hits and run scored for Kids At Heart.
May 9 NLL Majors President’s Tournament
Belardo, Guadagno smack Jay Robert to first-round win
May 9: The Jay Robert "Cardiac Kids" Realtors had another sixth-inning inning comeback in a 5-3 victory over DiStefano Plumbing tonight the first round of the Nottingham Little League’s Major Division President's Mid-Season Tournament. Trailing 3-0 after one inning, Jay Robert scored two in the top of the third and getting an RBI single by David Iorio.
In the sixth, Iorio’s third hit of the game plated Ryan Schwager to tie it at 3-3. Ryan Hannawacker singled, and Matteo Belardo and Joe Guadagno followed with RBI singles for the go-ahead and insurance runs. Iorio pitched a scoreless sixth for a complete game win. Zach Wolfsgruber pitched five strong innings for DiStefano
Hamilton Fire outslugs First Choice Bank
Aidan McCann hit his first home run of the year while Tyler Springett also homered as HTRBA’s Hamilton Fire topped Sunnybrae’s First Choice Bank, 11-10, in Interleague Major Division play. Sam Crawford was 3-for-3 with two doubles for the winners.
May 7 HTRBA-Sunnybrae Interleague
Raymond help’s Joe’s Transmission drive to win
May 7: Brett Hoffman’s solid pitching and Sammy Raymond’s two-run homer helped lead HTRBA’s Joe’s Transmission to a 6-5 win over Sunnybrae’s Lakeside Shell in an Interleague Major Division game. Matt Natriello (triple), Hoffman(double, and Cole Southard (double) all had key hits in the win.
Mason Fitzpatrick had a two-run homer for Lakeside.
NLL Major Mid-Season President Tournament
Bob Hope stays red hot in victory over Bernie's
In the opening round of the President’s Tournament, Bob Hope Auto Body beat Bernie’s Bicycles, 12-4, behind Joe Swindasz, who pitched four strong innings while striking out seven. Swindasz helped himself at the plate with two hits and two runs.
The Hopeful’s were led on offense by Louis Karlik’s first career home run, a nice 3-for-3 effort from "I changed my name back to" Jake Muller, who tripled and drove in four, Kyle Ayres who homered and Chris Rooney, who had two hits,including a double.
Bernie’s was led by two hits from Matt Mimmo, including a homer and two RBI.
Next up for Bob Hope is the always tough Haldeman Supply
Sunnybrae/HTRBA Majors Interleague
Lakeside Shell erupts in third to top Allegretti
Sunnybrae's Lakeside Shell scored nine third inning runs -- as every player scored – en route to a 15-3 win over HTRBA's Allegretti Builders in an Interleague Major Division game.
Tom Gater had a hit and scored three runs for Lakeside and Angelo Falvo added two RBI on a double in the first inning to get the scoring started. Nick Potocki helped his own cause with two hits, two RBI, and 3 runs scored while striking out eight and getting the win on the mound. Connor Cook came in to get the last out on the mound to secure the win.
Phil Rojek hit a solo homer for Allegretti.
May 7 Little Lads Majors
Christie and Rogalski power MLR past Elks
May 7: MLR defeated Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262, 8-5, in a Hamilton Little Lads Major Division matchup. RJ Christie had two doubles and Mike Rogalski collected a hit to help MLR to the victory. Owen Lucash lined a double off the fence and Nick Diaz was 2-for-2 with four stolen bases and two runs scored for the Elks.
May 6 Little Lads Majors
Outback outslugs The Dennis Team
May 6: Outback Steakhouse outlasted The Dennis Team, 13-12, in an exciting Hamilton Little Lads Major Division game. Brett Harris, Nick DeAngelo and Nick Wright played pivotal roles in Outback's win. Justin Wiltsey and Gage Storer each hit home runs to lead The Dennis Team's attack.
May 6/Apr. 30 Little Lads Minors
Gachetti’s grand slam lifts AFSCME Council 73
May 6: Mikey Gachetti crushed a walk-off grand slam to propel AFSCME Council 73 over PBA 167, 11-9 in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game today. Dante Zamichieli tripled and Logan Moser added a double in the winning effort. Nate Rodriguez and Nick Reome took care of the pitching for AFSCME. Giovanni Sciarrotta had two hits for PBA.
AFSCME tops County Line as Rodriguez homers
Apr. 30: AFSCME Council 73 defeated County Line Tree Service, 9-7, in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division action. Nate Rodriguez went deep with a HR over the left-field fence and Mikey Gachetti nailed a triple to help lead AFSCME. Dante Zamichieli, Anshil Shan and Josh Kunkin all added hits for AFSCME while Rodriguez and Zamichieli handled the pitching. Chris Williams had two hits for County Line.
May 7 Nottingham Majors President’s Tournament
Chell rings the bell as Haldeman wins tournament opener
May 7: Jo Jo Chell slugged a three-run homer to help lead Haldeman Ford to an 18-6 victory over Jerry Salzano’s Baseball Academy in the first round of the Nottingham Little League’s Major Division mid-season President's Tournament. Haldeman received multiple-hit games from Jeremy Sheppard, Jeff Heckendorn, Cole Palmeri, Jake Sloss and Gehrig Rios. Gabe Santin had two hits for Salzano's.
May 7 HTRBA International
Machine-O and Big D power Angelucci to victory
May 7: Angelucci Financial held on for a tough 8-7 win over VFW Post 3525 in HTRBA International play tonight. Alex "The Machine-O" Marino provided a solid 4-2/3 innings on the mound with eight strikeouts, and also collected four hits and two RBI. Darren "Big D" Johnson had a hit and three RBI to help power the offense. Ryan "The Sauce" Applegate added two hits and Ryan Thornton had a hit as well.
Will "Rock" Woods and Jake Andrews both scored twice for Angelucci's. Tommy "Polish Power" Yesenosky struck out four in his two innings and added a pair of hits for VFW. Brett "Speedy" Miller, Justin Germana and Dominic "Timber" Tindall combined for seven hits in the game.
May 5 Little Lads Rookies
PBA 167 and Foley’s rise and shine with good game
May 5: In an early morning Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division action, a stellar game was played between PBA 167 and Foley's Shop 'n' Bag. For PBA 167. Maher Zahriyey went 3-for-3 with a big third-inning hit. Chris Brayeton did a nice defensive job as pitcher and Anthony Mottola made a great snag at third base.
For Foley's, Ryan Palmieri and Christian Gryziewiz played strong defense and offense, while Danny Almonte went 3-for-3.
Apr. 28-May 5 Sunnybrae-HTRBA Majors Interleague
Lakeside Shell explodes past Yardville Carvel
May 5: Lakeside Shell erupted for nine sixth-inning runs to beat Yardville Carvel, 13-7, in Interleague play. Tim Toomer had the game winning two-run double while Tom Gater and Angelo Falvo combined for four hits and three RBI. Mike Mostrowski got the win with 4-2/3 innings of excellent relief, striking out seven.
Toomer’s run caps Lakeside rally past Joe’s
Apr. 28: In a low scoring battle, Sunnybrae’s Lakeside Shell manufactured three runs in the fifth inning for a 4-2 win over Joe’s Transmission of HTRBA in an Interleague game. Anthony Cilluffo singled home the tying run and Tim Toomer scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Andrew Fessler pitched four innings, while Nick Potocki struck out the side in the fifth and escaped a bases loaded jam in the sixth.
May 4 HTRBA Minors
Garden State Legal Services rally past 33’s Barber Shop
May 4: Garden State Legal Services took a 15-9 win over 33’s Barber Shop, scoring 11 unanswered runs after falling behind 9-4. Mekai Ortiz and Cole Pakula had four hits each and Noali Ortiz and Ryan Johnson had three hits apiece. Timmy Babkowski had a single and scored the winning run and Mekai Ortiz played strong defense. Sam “Sambo” Webb had three hits for 33s while Nicky Tindall and Aidan Scannon hit triples.
May 1-2 Little Lads Majors
Cooper’s Plumbing gushes its way to two straight wins
May 1-2: Cooper Plumbing defeated MLR, 10- 4, in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division Action. Jared Rogalinski was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases, Zack Medina was 2-for-2 and Hezikiah Patters belted a home run. Logan Barber, Mikey Vitella and Timmy Sharpley provided the pitching.
A day later, Cooper won again with a 15-4 victory over MLR. Sharpley led the team with an outstanding pitching performance and helped his cause with two doubles and three RBI. Vitella and Barber each went 2-for- 2, while Hezikiah Patterson went 3-for-4 with a home run.
The Hamilton A's Select 13U travel team was crowned Champions of the Ocean County Slugfest II tournament on Sunday, May 5. The tournament was played primarily in Lakewood. The A’s defeated ProSkills Baseball Academy in the semi final before winning the final against the top seeded Bergen Blue Crew. The team included (front row, from left) Ryan Strype, Tyler McGuigan, “Deli” Dom Chiarello, Matt Adams, Joey Sacco; (back row) “Big” Dom Gambino, Nick Psomaras, Nick Houghton, Kyle Forcini, Jake Tobia; Tristan Spadola; (back row) caches Anthony Spadola, Mark Sacco, Bob Forcini and Gary Houghton. Not pictured is Chris Cote.
May 5 Travel
Wiltsey paces Little Lads 11U to victory
May 5: Hamilton Little Lads defeated the Monmouth County Sluggers 13-3 in a USABL 11U matchup. Justin Wiltsey pitched a strong game for Hamilton and the offense was led by Anthony Frascella (3-for-3), Stephan Mizsak and Wiltsey's (each 2-for-3).
Edwards single leads Hamilton 9U Heat past Princeton
May 5: The Hamilton Heat 9U travel baseball team used the long ball the last two weeks for late rallies in wins, but today played small ball to pull out a walk off 8-7 win over a good Princeton Silver Sluggers team highlighted.
Danny Edwards bases-loaded single drove in the winning run. Following a pair of walks to start the sixth, Tommy Yesenosky laid down a perfect sacrifice that ended up scoring the tying run and setting the table with runners at second and third for Edwards, who connected on an 0-2 pitch for his second hit of the game.
Tyler Dunmeyer, who scored the winning run, threw 3-1/3 innings of hitless baseball, Justin Germana had two hits while Kyle Sirimis and Alex Marino both added a hit and RBI to keep the Heat unbeaten. Johnny Gunton and Ryan Applegate each had a hit and a run on the day.
May 5 Travel
Hamilton A’s 8U Diamond Ninjas roll
May 5: The Hamilton A's 8U 'Diamond Ninjas' defeated the West Windsor Warriors, 17-11, in travel baseball this morning to improve to 4-1.
Cam 'The Natural' Cote, Jack 'The Ripper' Lambert and Colin 'Hall of Fame”
James each pitched two innings, while A's Aidan “The Assassin” Hardiman, Braedan
“Jeter Fan II” led the way offensively. Justin 'The Running Man' Angarone, Matt “Scoreboard” James, “Rattlesnake”Jake Pope and Danny “Mars” Maher stood out defensively. Ryan 'The Statistician' Tash stole four bases.
Apr.13/May 5 HTRBA International
Sterling tops Angelluci twicebehind D'Agostino, Tyger
May 5: Sterling Title held on to defeat Angelucci Financial, 9-6, today in the completion of an HTRBA International League game suspended by lightning on Apr. 13. Tyler Conard and Gabe Denes pitched well in relief to save the game for starter and winner Matt D’Agostino. Anthony Belardo had two hits and two RBI, while Joe Tyger’s triple plated two. Danny Edwards and Roberto Holmes each had a hit and RBI.
Ryan Applegate and Patrick Paterson each had a hit, and Alex Marino scored tw runs for Angelucci.
Justin Wright’s three hits helped Sterling Title get by a tough-luck Angelucci Financial team 7-6. D’Agostino and Tyger combined for a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts. Holmes went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Belardo was 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and two runs scored.Ben Hogan also had a hit and RBI.
Angelucci again benefitted from the hot hitting of Ryan Applegate, who had two hits including a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
May 4 HTRBA International
Kids At Heart streak to fifth straight win
May 4: Kids Heart won its fifth straight game in HTRBA International Division play, taking a 6-4 win over VFW Post 3525. Jack Bisset had 10 strikeouts in four innings while Joe Lemley notched the save. Bisset was also hot at the plate as he belted a base-clearing triple in the second. Joe Lee also contributed two hits for Kids at Heart.
For VFW Post 3525 Dom Tindall had a double and run scored and Jack Martin also plated two runs.
May 4 NLL Majors
Magnificent Muller helps Hope give Supply first loss
May 4: Jake Muller was dominating on the hill, striking out 11 in just 4.2 innings to lead Bob Hope Auto Body to its fifth straight win, 8-6, over Coleman’s Hamilton Supply in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. It was the first loss of the season for the Mighty Pine Men.
The streaking Bob Hope offense was led by Louis Karlik (single, double, 3 RBI), Muller (3-for-3, 2 runs) and Kyle Ayers (2 hits). Also contributing for the Hopeful's were Zack Manz, Joe Swindasz and Justin Brunow, who all had key hits. Jared Brunow caught all six innings and did a great job of handling the overpowering Muller.
Hamilton Supply was led by the offense of Jared Struble and Danny Melnick, who each had a double and drove in tw runs. Ryan Onderdonk pitched effectively in relief.
May 4 Little Lads Rookie
Printworx and Foley’s battle it out in friendly rivalry
May 4: In what has become a friendly rivalry between two great teams, Printworx and Foleys Shop ‘N Bag provided some fireworks for fans in a Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division game. For Printworx, offensive sparks came from Anthony Zamichieli and Anthony DeLelli s (each 3-for-3). On the defensive side, Rachel Diaz and Dylan German played superb games.
For Foley's, switch hitters Jayden Williams and Jordan Burd each went 3 for 3 with hits from both sides of the plate. Noel Soto made two great defensive plays and kept the ball in front of him the whole game.
Apr. 21 Little Lads Rookie
PBA 167 and Broad Street Diner play impressive game
Apr. 21: PBA 167 and Broad Street Diner played an exciting, well-played game in Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division action. Nando Migliarese had two great hits and Kamryn Mooney collected two hits as well for Broad Street.
May 4 NLL Majors
Nitti, DiChiara, Wolfsgruber power DiStefano
May 4: Winning pitcher Jimmy Vizzoni thew five strong innings with six strikeouts as DiStefano Plumbing edged Bernie's Bicycles, 6-4, in Nottingham Little League Major Division play today. Evan McGovern picked up the save in relief.
Jordan “Jeter Fan” Nitti, fueled by a Texas Roadhouse lunch, had two singles and a double. Jake DiChiara (2 hits and a run) and Zach Wolfsgruber (single, double, 2 runs) also contributed to the DiStefano offense.
For Bernie's, Mario Mazur had two hits, including a homerun, and Casey Navarro and Jack Hardiman each had two hits.
May 3 NLL Majors
Raab, Vizzoni double up DiStefano’s pleasure
May 3: Noah Raab and Jimmy Vizzoni each hit clutch two-out doubles to lead DiStefano Plumbing to a 4-2 victory over Bocchini and Carnelli in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Vizzoni also pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Jake DiChiara and Zach Wolfsgruber each had a double and two hits for DiStefano.
For Bocchini, Josh Lyons pitched well and Tyler Nielsen had two hits.
Iorio’s five hits, four RBI pace Jay Robert Realtors
May 3: Jay Robert Realtors defeated Bernie's Bicycles tonight in four innings in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. David Iorio led the Realtor's 21-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with five RBI and four runs scored. Ryan Schwager, Christian Cardinale and Scott Soleimanil had three hits and two RBI each, with Soleimani leading off the game with a solo HR. Ryan Hannawacker went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Matteo Belardo closed the game pitching the final.
Matt Mimmo had a three-run homer for Bernie’s.
May 3 HTRBA/Sunnybrae Interleague
Coffey, Fanning homer as Hamilton Fire rolls
May 3: Tyler Coffey homered and singled and Jake Fanning hit a monster three-run blast as HTRBA’s Hamilton Fire defeated Sunnybrae’s Yardville Supply in a township interleague game. Sam Crawford pitched three scoreless innings for the win and Jack “Mariano” Milazzo closed it out. Mason Fitzpatrick had a home run and two doubles for Yardville Supply.
May 1 Nottingham Majors
James, Santin help Salzano Baseball to first win
May 1: Brendan James pitched a complete-game six hitter and fanned four in pacing Salzano Baseball Academy to its first win, 6-2, over Jay Robert. James also had two hits and a run scored, while Gabe Santin had two hits, including a two-run homer, two runs scored and several big defensive plays.
Nick Gonzalez had two hits, including a two-run double, Corey Walsh had a hit and made several plays at both third base and center field. Ryan Stromberg (run scored), Sammy Ponticiello and Ryan Conover (run scored) all added hits.
Jay Robert was led by two hits apiece from Ryan Schwager and David Iorio
May 1 Sunnybrae AAA
Pierloenardi paces Bucchino Builders
May 1: Giuseppe Pierleonardi allowed one run, three hits and two walks while striking out seven in four innings to pace Bucchino Builders to a 9-4 win over Yonkowski Plumbing & Heating in Sunnybrae Little League AAA action tonight.
Jack Boufford was 2-for-2 with two RBI for the winners, while Vinny Maglione added two RBI and Nate mains and Aidan Robinson scored runs. Mains allowed a hit, run and had two Ks in one inning of work.
May 1 Little Lads Minors
Rios and Luckie lead PARS Environmental attack
May 1: PARS Environmental defeated Muni's Painting, 12-6, tonight in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division clash. Solomon Rios and Connor Luckie each had three hits while Owen Helias added a triple in support of winning pitcher Drew Layton. Patrick Migliaccio pitched well and contributed two hits for Muni's.
Apr. 30 HTRBA International
D’Agostino has strikeout pitch working for Sterling Title
Apr. 30: Matt D’Agostino allowed just one run and three hits while striking out eight in three innings to pace Sterling Title to a 7-4 win over VFW Post 3525 in HTRBA International play. Danny Edwards had a hit, RBI and run scored and Joey Tyger had a hit and two RBI to lead the offense. Hunter Harrell, Justin Wright, and Roberto Holmes also had hits for Sterling Title (4-2).
Kacey Mrozicki had a big two-run single for VFW Post 3525.
Raymond’s walk goes a long way for B&E Service
Apr. 30: A hard-earned third-inning walk by Domenic Raymond finally got B&E Service rolling tonight, sparking an 8-3 come-from-behind win over Angelucci Financial in HTRBA International play. With Angelucci down 2-0 in the last of the fourth, Raymond was the first runner to reach base against Alex Marino (3-2/3 innings, 8 strikeouts). Two batters later, Tyler Dunmeyer laced a two-out triple to score Raymond and start the comeback. Kenny Schirmer’s single and a Nick Csillan triple sparked the visitors to a five-run sixth and their third straight win.
Aiden Guitterez scored twice for B&E and Michael Papiez made another great defensive play to prevent a run for scoring. Starter Schirmer went three innings, striking out five. Csillan fanned three in a scoreless fourth and Dunmeyer allowed one hit and fanned six for the win.
Marino’s two hits and two runs scored and Mike Smith’s third-inning RBI double provided the offense for Angelucci Financial.
Apr. 29 Little Lads Majors
The Dennis Teams rallies behind James and Wiltsey
Apr. 29: The Dennis Team struck a 14-7 come-from-behind victory over Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262 in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division action. In the comeback, Michael James went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run and Justin Wiltsey went 3-for-3. James picked up the win in relief.
For the Elks, Jason Diaz hit his second home run of the season and Peter Wright struck out five in his first start of the year.
Apr. 30 NLL Majors
Melnick has two-homer night as Hamilton Supply rolls
Apr. 30: Danny Melnick had two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored to power Hamilton Supply to a 9-3 win over Haldeman Ford in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Melnick was also the winning pitcher, allowing two runs over 5-1/3 innings. He scattered seven hits and fanned seven. Andy Jaquez also homered for Montague’s Pine Men
Apr. 29 Little Lads Minors
Baldwin fires a shutout as PARS is on par
Apr. 29: Elijah Baldwin struck out six on his way to six shutout innings as PARS Environmental defeated Dean's Learning Center, 4-0, in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division matchup. Jakob Rios and Solomon Rios lead off the game with back-to-back triples and each had two hits along with Drew Layton. Logan Cook pitched a strong game for Dean's.
Apr. 28 Travel
Smith, Romano power A’s Gold 12U team
Apr. 28: The Hamilton A’s Gold 12U defeated the Freehold Warriors, 5-3, at Camp Topanemus in Freehold today. Colin Smith led the attack with two hits, including a two-run single in the top of the sixth. Justin Romano had an RBI double, before scoring on Smith's single, while David Iorio hit a 225-foot shot to right center.
Samrath Singh pitched four innings of three-hit, seven-strikeout ball while allowing one run. Romano pitched the final two innings for the save.
Hamilton 9U Heat uses late rally to top Robbinsville
Apr. 28: The Hamilton 9U Heat hit the ball hard all day but couldn't find a hole until the 6th inning when they used some patience at the plate to work out a few walks and then went for the long ball take a 10-5 win over the Robbinsville Mighty Ravens.
Down 5- 2 in the top of the 6th inning, the Heat rallied for eight runs to remain unbeaten. Kenny Schirmer (2 hits) keyed the rally with a two-run double after an intentional walk to Tyler Dunnmeyer. Patrick Paterson added a solo home run.
Kyle Sirimis had a two-hit day and scored the go-ahead run on a steal of home in the final inning. Dunmeyer laced a triple and had two intentional walks. The Heat got solid pitching from Sirimis, Dunmeyer, Tommy Yesenosky, and Schirmer. Alex Marino came on in the fifth with the bases loaded and one out to work out of the jam with the help of a key defensive play from John Gunton. Marino worked a scoreless sixth to seal it.
Bencivengo paces 10U Little Lads past Bordentown
Apr. 28: The Hamilton Little 10U Little Lads travel baseball team topped the Bordentown Bears, 17-2, in USABL 10-U action. Cameron Bencivengo led Hamilton by pitching a complete game and leading the offense with four hits. Contributing two hits each for Hamilton were Giovanni Sciarotta, Andrew Nixon, Ryan Liquori, Mikey Gachetti, Chris Willams and Mac Meara.
Apr. 27 HTRBA International
B&E Service makes it two straight wins
Apr. 27: B&E service beat Sterling Title, 10-1, in an HTRBA International Division game, playing its best all-around game of the year. Kenny Schirmer was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts in two innings, while adding two hits. Jonathon Wysock had a hit and two RBI.
Angelo Faraci added a single and RBI, Nicholas Varrone reached base three times and scored twice while Michael Papiez scored twice and snagged a Justin Wright line drive at second base with the bases loaded to end a threat.
Nick Csillan and Tyler Dunmeyer threw two innings of relief, striking out two and three, respectively. Matt D’Agostino pitched three strong innings of work, allowing just one run.
Apr. 27 Little Lads Rookies
PBA 167 and Foley's Shop 'N Bag battle it out
Apr. 27: PBA 167 and Foley's Shop 'N Bag battled to a tie in a Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division classic. PBA highlights from the well-played game included several nice plays by Chase Muni at first, a 3-for-3 day by both Jared Kligerman and Nicholas Griffin, who played strong defense all over the infield.
For Foley's, Jason Pieszchala, fresh off vacation, had three hits and played well defensively at all infield positions. Shawn House was all over the field collecting balls and throwing them exactly where they needed to go, and Big Anthony O'Rourke had three hits.
Apr. 27 NLL Majors
Hamilton Supply gets busy winning another one
Apr. 27: Hamilton Supply capped a Major League-like busy week by taking an 11-6 win over Bernie's Bicycle to raise its record to 8-0 in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Supply had nine RBI on 10 hits, as Andy Jaquez, Danny Melnick and Jarod Struble each had two RBI. Struble hit his second home run of the season with a blast over left-center.
Apr. 26 HTRBA Minors
33 Barbershop slugs 30 hits in win over Abbott’s
Apr. 26: It was a hitting day for 33 Barbershop as it collected 30 safeties en route to a win over Abbott’s Frozen Custard in an HTRBA Minor Division game tonight. Decklyn Brelsford , Joe Fisher, Nick Tindall and Tom Conti each had four hits for the winners, while Curtis selmon, Aidan Scannon, Luke Nelson and Joe Conti each had three hits and Gabe Castaneda got his first two hits of the season.
Zander Peroni and Thomas Black each had a hit and Joe Mahon added a hit and a great defensive play at first base for Abbott’s.
Apr. 26 NLL Majors
Iorio’s hit helps Jay Robert deflect Bob Hope’s comeback
Apr. 26: Jay Robert Realtors got back in the win column with an 8-6 win over Bob Hope Auto Body in Nottingham Little League Major Division action tonight. Jay Robert lead 6-3 before Bob Hope’s Joe Swindasz hit a three-run homer to tie it in the bottom of the third. Jay Robert then scored two runs in the top of the fourth when Ryan Schwager doubled for his third hit of the game and scored on an RBI single by David Iorio (2-for-3, 2 RBI). Iorio then scored an insurance run on an RBI double by CJ Pitarro. Scott Soleimani pitched three shutout innings for the save.
Vizzoni paces DiStefano Plumbing past Salzano’s
Apr. 26: Winning pitcher Jimmy Vizzoni had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI, as DiStefano Plumbing defeated Jerry Salzano Baseball Academy, 11-1. Devon O’Brien homered and had two RBI while Jake DiChiara, Noah Raab and Zach Wolfsgruber had two hits apiece. For Salzano, Ryan Stromberg homered.
Apr. 25 Little Lads Majors
Welke wins his third straight for MLR
Apr. 25: MLR defeated The Dennis Team 14-1 in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division action. Josh Welke pitched a strong game for his third straight win, giving up just three hits and striking out seven. Chad Tomaseck had three hits and four RBI.
Apr. 25 HTRBA Majors
Spring(ett) is here for Hamilton Fire
Apr. 25: Tyler Springett went 3-for-3 with a single, double and his first home run of the season as Hamilton Fire took a 12-2 win over Joe’s Transmission in HTRBA Major Division play. Aidan McCann and Jack Milazzo had two hits each and Jacob Fanning pitched a complete game with 7 strikeouts.
Nick Wilke and Ethan Scannon singled for Joe’s.
Apr. 25 NLL Majors
Melnick a menace for Hamilton Supply
Apr. 25: Danny Melnick struck out six batters in five innings and also had three hits, four RBI and a two-run homer as Hamilton Supply took a 12-2 win over Jerry Salzano in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Ryan Onderdonk pitched the last inning in relief and struck out two. Andy Jaquez contributed four RBI 's on two hits as the Mighty Pine Men improved to 7-0.
Apr. 24 NLL Majors
Soleimani’s three-hitter lifts Jay Robert
Apr. 24: Jay Robert Realtors won its second straight Nottingham Little League Major Division game by defeating DiStefano Plumbing, 6-0. Scott Soleimani pitched a complete game gem, allowing three hits and striking out six.
Jay Robert's 12-hit attack was led by Connor Bagley, CJ Pitarro and David Iorio (2 hits each). Joe Guadagno and JT McQuigg both had their first hits a Major Leaguers.
Apr. 24 HTRBA International
Bisset, Given pace Kids at Heart past Sterling
Apr. 24: Kids at Heart gave Sterling Title its first defeat in HTRBA International play, taking a 13-5 win. Sterling Title took a 4-3 lead to the bottom of the fourth but then Kids at Heart scored five for an 8-4 lead.
Jack Bisset fanned eight in 3-2/3 innings for KAH, while Cole Given fanned four of the next five. Given had four hits and three runs, while Bisset had two hits and scored three times. Evan Celentana had two hits and two runs scored.
For Sterling, Tyler Conrad fanned six in a solid three innings on the mound. Joey Tyger had a double and was solid behind the plate and Ben Hogan scored twice.
Angelucci reaches .500 behind Weniger, Johnson
Apr. 24: Angelucci Financial evened its ledger at 2-2 with a 13-12 win over Play Good Play Well in HTRBA International Division play. Tyler Weniger led the offense by going 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, while Darren Johnson went 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs, while pitching a solid inning. Patrick Paterson provided a huge lift on the mound by striking out the side in his inning. Ryan Thornton reached base three times and scored once.
Eric Suschke and Kyle Sirimis, who homered, combined to go 5-for-5 with six runs scored atop the PGPW lineup.
Apr. 20 HTRBA International
Pecarsky celebrates his birthday in style for Post 3525
Apr. 20: VFW Post 3525 squeaked out a 7-6 win over Angelucci Financial as Brett “Speedy” Miller had three hits, scored two runs and earned the save on the mound. Tommy “Polisyh Power” Yesenoski and Domonic “Big Timber” Tindall added two hist each, while Brandon “The Hacker” Lehman had a two-run double. Jesse Pecarsky celebrated his birthday by allowing two hits and striking out eight in three innings to get the win.
Angelucci Financial received a solid pitching performance from Ryan Applegate who allowed only two runs in three innings with four strikeouts. Alex "The Machin-o" Marino also had two hits and scored twice in the loss.
Apr. 23 Little Lads Minors
Rackison, McKenzie pitch Ivy Tavern to win
Apr. 23: Ivy Tavern snuck past County Line Tree Service 9-8 in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division action. Salvatore Rackison threw three solid innings for Ivy and Torin McKenzie picked up the save with two innings of relief. Jake Seals contributed two hits and Chris Williams hit a two-run double to put Ivy ahead.
Tommy Cramer, Jacob Papiez and Andrew Nixon provided the offensive sparks for County Line.
Apr. 23 Little Lads Minors
Zamichieli’s walk-off double lifts AFSCME
Apr. 23: Dante Zamichieli hit a walk-off two-run double to score Nate Rodriguez and Mikey Gachetti and give AFSCME Council 73 a 6-5 win County Line Tree Service in Hamilton Little Lads Minors play. Gachetti also added two singles. Nick Reome, Zamichieli and Rodriguez shared the pitching efforts, keeping AFSCME on a roll as they look forward to a showdown with the undefeated PARS Environmental team later this week.
Tommy Cramer had three hits for County Line and combined for a strong pitching effort with Andrew Nixon.
Apr. 23 HTRBA Majors
Fanning’s three-run walk-off blast ignites Fire
Apr. 23: Jake Fanning hit a dramatic, walk-off three-run homer to lift Hamilton Fire to an 11-10 win over Joe’s Hamilton Transmission in HTRBA Major Division play.
Brandon Turner hit a two-run double and Tyler Coffey pitched four strong innings for the winners. Cole Southard pitched a strong game for Joe’s.
Apr. 23 HTRBA International
Dunmeyer does it all as B&E tops VFW
Apr. 23: B&E Service picked up its first win in the HTRBA International Division, taking a 7-4 win over VFW 3525 tonight. Tyler Dunmeyer pitched three scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing only a first-inning single to Justin Germana. Dunmeyer also had a hit and two RBI.
Kenny Schirmer had two hits, including a double, RBI and run scored. Tyler Cain had an RBI single and Nick Csillan was stellar defensively behind the plate for B&E – including throwing out a runner at third in the first inning and making a great play on a steal of home in the fourthy. Angelo Faraci played great defense for B&E Service.
Tommy Yesenosky pitched excellent for VFW 3525, striking out six in two innings and allowing just one run.
Apr. 23 Nottingham Majors
Plunkett, Jaquez, Struble unload for Hamilton Supply
Apr. 23: Brady Plunkett hit a grand slam while Andy Jaquez and Jarod Struble each belted three-run homers as Hamilton Supply took a 21-9 four-inning win over Jay Robert Realty in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Jay Roberts also got homers from CJ Pittaro and Scott Solomani.
Little Lads Rookie
PBA 66 and Heath Lumber hook up in a classic
Apr. 18: In a classic Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division battle, PBA 66 played Heath Lumber to a 12-12 tie. In a back in forth game, PBA 66 got superb defense from Alexander Carseberg and Rafael Camacho, and power hitting from Zachariah Stone.
Heath Lumber received outstanding defense from Garrett Fischer and Chase Catalano, and power hitting from Jonathan Weaver.
Apr. 22 Interleague
Plunkett rocks HRs as Hamilton Supply tops Lehman
Apr. 22: Brady Plunkett slammed three home runs as Nottingham Little League’s Hamilton Supply took a 12-8 win over Robbinsville’s Lehman in an interleague friendly match. And Jaquez and Danny Melnick also homered for Hamilton Supply.
Apr. 21 Travel
Singh has zing on his pitches as A's 12U Gold top Thunder
Apr. 21: The Hamilton A's 12U Gold travel baseball team topped Point Thunder, 10-3, today in a USABL Central South game in Point Pleasant. Samrath Singh pitched 5-1/3 innings, allowing three hits while striking out seven.
David Iorio and Christopher Conti both homered to lead an 11-hit attack. Matt Mimmo finished the two-headed pitching attack pitching the final inning and two-thirds.
Little Lads 10U squad rallies past Hamilton A’s
Apr. 21: The Hamilton Little Lads 10U team came back to defeat the Hamilton A's in a USABL battle. The Lads was led by strong pitching performances from winning pitcher Cameron Bencivengo and Tyler Solymosi. Leading the offense was Mikey Gachetti, Andrew Nixon and Ryan Liquori, who each had two hits. Nathan Rodriguez had a strong defensive game.
Marino a machine-o as Hamilton 9U Heat rolls
Apr. 21: In a battle of travel ball unbeatens, the 9U Hamilton Heat broke open a 5-5 tie with nine runs in the fifth inning for a 14-5 win over the Hopewell Valley Bulldogs. Alex Marino ended the game by retiring 12 of the last 13 batters, providing four solid innings of relief pitching. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a big leadoff triple in the fifth and steal of home to break the tie and score one of his four runs on the day.
Tyler Dunmeyer was also scorching at the plate, going 4-for-4 with five RBI. Patrick Paterson, Ryan Applegate and Justin Germana also added to the offense with two-hit days. Tommy Yesenosky and Paterson also filled in with excellent defense behind the plate when the starting catcher was injured in the pregame workout.
Diaz fires no-hitter with 12 Ks for 11U Little Lads
Apr. 21: The Hamilton Little Lads defeated Hamilton A's Gold, 7-0, in an USABL 11-U matchup. Jason Diaz pitched a no hitter, striking out 12. Liam Bartram and Stephan Mizsak each made good catches in left field to solidify the defense behind Diaz. Mizsak contributed two hits and three RBI to the offense.
Apr. 20 HTRBA International
Bisset, Lemley combine on shutout for Kids at Heart
Apr. 20: Jack Bisset struck out seven over 2-2/3 innings and Joe Lemley notched the final four outs as Kids at Heart downed B&E Service, 12-0, in HTRBA International League play. Joe Lee made an outstanding catch to preserve the shutout.
Cole Given had two hits and three runs scored, while Joe Lee had a hit and two RBI and Bisset had two hits. Tyler Dunmeyer and Aiden Guitterez had the B&E hits.
April 20 Little Lads Minors
Baldwin’s no-hit pitching leads PARS to victory
Apr. 20: Elijah Baldwin pitched three innings of no-hit ball to pace PARS to a 13-4 victory over county Line Tree Service. Connor Luckie, Josh Gilleo and Solomon Rios backed Baldwin up defensively.
PARS offense was lead by Josh Gilleo who smashed a double and a triple. Andrew Layton and Connor Luckie contributed two hits each
Apr. 20 Little Lads Rookie
Foley’s and Heath put on entertaining offensive show
Apr. 20: In a great Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division game between two evenly matched teams, Foley's Shop 'n' Bag and Heath Lumber played to a tie. Heath Lumber had an awesome defensive performance by Benjamin Hutton and offensive powerhouses James Musser and Michael Tandy each went 3-for-3.
For Foley's, Anthony O'Rourke went 3-for-3 at the plate and had a great defensive game all around the field. Jordan Burd also went 3-for- 3 and kept the ball in front of him defensively the entire game, and Big Will Sheridan went 3-for-3 and made a great stop at shortstop.
Apr. 20 Little Lads Juniors
Sikorski, Acosta hit back to back dingers for Sikorski
Apr. 20: Sikorski Mechanical and Maintenance, LLC defeated Poor Boy Subs 4-0 today in a Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division contest. Billy Sikorski and Issac Acosta had back-to-back homeruns and Anthony Zamichilli, a call-up from the Rookie Division, contributed a hit to Sikorski's offense.
Apr. 20 Little Lads Majors
DeAngelo’s hitting, Harris’ pitching paces Outback
Apr. 20: Outback Steakhouse beat Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262, 12-1, today in a Hamilton Little Lads Major Division matchup. Nick DeAngelo had three hits, including a home run, to lead Outback's offense. Brett Harris pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out five and Brandon Muir had a strong all-around game.
Nicholas Diaz led off the game with a hit and scored the Elks' only run. Seamus Davis collected the other hit for the Elks.
Apr. 19 Little Lads Minors
Meara’s bat explodes as AFSCME rolls
Apr. 19: AFSCME Council 73 outslugged Muni's Painting, 19-5, in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game. Mac Meara was 3-for-3 with a home run, triple and seven RBI. Mikey Gachetti, Dante Zamichieli and Logan Moser added two hits each for AFSCME. Nick Reome pitched three innings of one-run relief.
Zach Flynn, Joey Muni, Patrick Migliaccio, Ryan Jordan and Matthew Ray scored the runs for Muni's.
Apr. 20 Nottingham Majors
Hamilton Supply tops Bob Hope in showdown
Apr. 20 In the most anticipated early-season battle in the Nottingham Little League’s Major Division, Hamilton Supply improved to 5-0 with a 7-2 win over Bob Hope Auto Body. Danny Melnick fired a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Pine Men, while Andy Jaquez had a key RBI in the bottom of the fourth to give supply a two-run lead. Danny Curvin had three RBI, including a two-run double, while Jake Muller hit a tape-measure two-run homer and also made a leaping stab at shortstop to earn instant Web Gem status.
Wolfsgruber, Raab slug DiStefano past Bernie's
Apr. 20: Zach Wolfsgruber homered, singled, and drove in three runs as DiStefano Plumbing edged Bernie's Bicycles, 8-7, in Nottingham Little League Major Division play. Evan McGovern was the winning pitcher in relief. Noah Raab was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Angelo Mitala had two doubles and an RBI to pace DiStefano.
For Bernie's, Matt Mimmo had two hits including a three-run homer and Mario Mazur pitched well and had three hits.
Loney fires four-hitter as Haldeman Ford rolls
Apr. 20: Haldeman Ford defeated Action Jay Robert Realty, 8-1, in Nottingham Little League Major Division play, as Jake Loney pitched a complete game four-hitter with six strikeouts. The offense was led by Gehrig Rios (2-run homer) and Jo Jo Chell (RBI double).
Sterling Title subdues PGPW to improve to 3-0
In a battle of unbeatens, Sterling Title held off a scrappy Play Good Play Well team to take an 8-6 victory in an HTRBA International Division game. Matt D’Agostino went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, and Joey Tyger was 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI, and three runs scored to lead Sterling Title (3-0).
Anthony Belardo stayed hot at the plate with a hit and two RBI. Gabe Denes got the win, and Tyger the save on the mound in relief of D’Agostino.
Jeremy Shuler had two hits and two RBI, while Eric Suschke was on base three times with three runs scored for Play Good Play Well (2-1).
Apr. 19 Little Lads Majors
MLR motto – in Hillman we Truss
Apr. 19: MLR jumped out quick and held on for an 11-8 win over Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262 in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division play. Hillman Truss, son of the legendary former Princeton Packet courier of the same name, pitched a strong game, striking out six to get the win for MLR. Dominick Carmosine went 3-for-3 and Truss contributed two hits to help his own cause.
The Elks comeback attempt was highlighted by Nick Serrano's first home run of the season.
Apr. 19 HTRBA Intermediate
Rojek rocks Bordentown as HTRBA mounts comeback
Apr. 19: HTRBA picked up a gutsy, 10-9, come- from-behind win over Bordentown in Intermediate Little League play. Matt Applegate and Colin Bromwell handle the pitching duties for HTRBA. The offense was led by Phil Rojek who was 3-3 including a two-run homer. Jake Fanning, Tyler Henkle, Christian Guest and Justin Brown all collected hits in the victory.
Apr. 18 NLL Majors
Plunkett, Ficarro pace Hamilton Supply to win
Apr. 18: Hamilton Supply won its fourth straight, 9-5, over Bocchini in the Nottingham Little League Major Division. Brady Plunkett pitched 4-2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing just three hits. Danny Curvin sealed it by hurling the final 1-1/3 innings Anthony Ficarro was 3-for-3 with a run scored, Mason Walczak had a triple, three RBI and a run scored, Danny Melnick had two hits, two RBI and a double and Andy Jacquez played excellent defense at shortstop.
Bocchini fought hard with excellent pitching from Ryan Mains and Anthony Spadaccini.
Apr. 18 HTRBA International
Egit, Shuler, Wilfing lift Play Good Play Well
Apr. 18: Play Good Play Well improved to 2-0 in HTRBA International Division play after taking a 17-7 win over Kids at Heart. Josh Eget collected three hits, Jeremy Shuler added two and Steven Wilfing's bases loaded triple led the way offensively for PGPW. Winning Pitcher Chewy Rocco struck out four and did not allow a hit in his threeinnings of work. Manny Holsneck scored twice for Kids at Heart.
Sterling Title outslugs VFW Post 3525
Apr. 18: Sterling Title defeated VFW Post 3525, 16-10, in an HTRBA International Division slugfest. Roberto Holmes’ three hits led Sterling Title’s attack, while Gabe Denes and Matt D’Agostino each had two hits. Anthony Belardo and D’Agostino each tripled.
Ben Hogan got the offense started with a base hit and key stolen bases. Justin Wright, Chris Knicos, and Hunter Harrell contributed by scoring key runs. Tyler Conard and Denes shared the mound for Sterling (2-0).
Brett Miller and Tommy Yesenosky each had two hits and two runs scored for VFW Post 3525.
Apr. 17 HTRBA International
Sirimis, Eget pitch PGPW to victory
Apr. 17: Winning Pitcher Kyle Sirimis threw three strong innings and Josh Eget picked up the save as Play Good Play Well took an 8-6 win over VFW Post 3525 in HTRBA International Division play. Eric Suschke collected two hits and score 3 times for PGPW (1-0). Dominic Tindall crushed a double and a triple for VFW 3525.
Apr. 17 Sunnybrae AAA
Quick start paces Amoroso Flower Shop
Apr. 17: Matthew Amoroso, James Cordani, Jason Ferdetta and Patrick McAuliffe combined for six hits and six RBI to pace Amoroso Flower Shop to a 10-6 win over Bucchino Builders. The Flower Shop scored six runs in the first and never looked back, and Amoroso struck out the side in the last inning to preserve the win.
Ethan Maldonado had a two-run triple and Aidan Blake an RBI single for Bucchino.
Apr. 17 Little Lads Minors
Solymosi pitches Dean’s Learning Center to win
Apr. 17: Dean's Learning Center defeated Muni's Painting 10-5 in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game as Tyler Solymosi went the distance with 10 strikeouts. The DLC lineup continued their double-digit scoring streak Logan Cook supplied the explanation point with a grand slam in the third.
For Muni's, Kevin Szenczi kept DLC off balance early and had five strikeouts. Their offense was led by Zach Flynn and Pat Migliaccio.
Apr. 17 Nottingham Majors
Muller fires one-hitter and drives in four for Bob Hope
Apr. 17: Bob Hope Auto Body improved to 4-1 with a 14-2 win over Haldeman Ford in Nottingham Little League Major Division action. Jake Muller fired a one-hitter with seven strikeouts in going the distance, and also had a single and home run (his third) and four RBI. Also contributing for the Hopefuls were Louis Karlik (2 hits, 4 RBI), Chris Rooney (2 hits, 3 RBI) and Jared Brunow (2 hits).
Next up for Bob Hope is a game versus against rival Coleman Hamilton Supply, led by the ageless Bob Montague.
Crawford pitches Hamilton Fire past Golden Dawn
Sam Crawford gave up one hit and struck out six in four innings as Hamilton Fire defeated Golden Dawn, 11-1, in HTRBA Major Division play. Jake Fanning fanned two in one inning. Jack Milazzo had a single and double, Tyler Coffey had a double and sacrifice fly and Andrew Dusenshine robbed Coffey of a grand slam on a great catch when he slammed into the fence.
Ben Burlaga had 10 strikeouts for Golden Dawn
Nick Wilke, Sam Raymond and Brett Hoffman combined for a one-hitter as Joe’s Transmission took an 8-0 win over Allegretti Builders in HTRBA Major Division play. Cole Southard slammed a three-run homer while Sam Raymond was 3-for-3 and Jaedyn Paria had a double and triple for Joe’s (2-0).
Allegetti got a hit from Tyler Kenny.
Tyger a real tiger for Sterling Title
Joe Tyger tripled, scored two runs, and was the winning pitcher as Sterling Title defeated B&E Service, 12-6, in HTRBA International League play. Tyler Conard and Matt D’Agostino provided strong relief to preserve the victory. Anthony Belardo, Gabe Denes, Danny Edwards and Roberto Holmes all contributed a hit and RBI for Sterling Title.
Tyler Dunmeyer smacked an inside the park home run for B&E Service.
Bisset’s arm and bat help Kids at Heart
Kids at Heart hung on for a 9-8 win over Angelucci Financial in HTRBA International play. Jack Bisset struck out seven and walked just two in 3-1/3 innings, and also had two hits and two runs scored. Evan Celentana had two hits and two runs while Michael Clark had a double and run scored. Darren Johnson homered for Angelucci and Alex Marino pitched well in defeat
Applegate and Conn pitch Angelucci to victory
Ryan Applegate pitched well into the fourth inning and Titus Conn and Tyler Weniger closed it out as Angelucci Financial beat B&E Service, 10-7, in HTRBA International play. Patrick Paterson made three putouts, including an unassisted double play, in Weniger’s 1-2-3 fifth.
Michael Smith and Simeon Fox had singles and runs scored in the pivotal fourth inning and Ryan Thornton had an RBI hit. Darren Johnson scored twice, Will “Rock” Woods played well at second and Alex Marino scored twice.
B&E was led by the excellent starting pitching of Jonathan Wysock, solid defense behind the plate by Nick Csillan, a single and run scored by Kenny Schirmer, and a run scored by Nick ‘Joe DiMaggio’ Varrone. Tyler Dunmeyer also added a hit and a walk, scored a run and played well at three different infield positions.
Apr. 16 Little Lads Minors
Bencivengo throws a gem for Ivy Tavern
Apr. 16: Ivy Tavern defeated Liedtka Fuel, 5 -2, in an exciting Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division pitching duel. Ivy's Cameron Bencivengo gave up two hits and one1 run while striking out 12. Jake Seals got the save. Offensively, Anthony Delvalle stayed hot in the leadoff spot with two hits, Griffen Hewitt smacked one off the left field fence and Torin McKenzie contributed two hits.
Gavin Martin was outstanding on the mound for Liedtka, giving up two hits and striking out six. Liedtka was led offensively by Martin, Anton Landgraf and Randolph Jaquez.
Apr. 16 Little Lads Majors
Diaz has strikeout pitch working for Elks
Apr. 16: Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262 started fast and held on for a 6-4 victory over Outback Steakhouse in a Hamilton Little Lads Major Division tilt. Jason Diaz struck out 11 to get the win and Nick Serrano closed out the game for the save. Seamus Davis contributed a single, double and RBI to the Elks' offense.
Jason Tse, Derek Williams and Dave Zamora had strong games for Outback.
Apr. 15 NLL Majors
Abotto on the Spot-o as Hamilton Supply wins
Apr. 15: Hamilton Supply beat Haldeman, 9-5, in Nottingham Little League Major Division action as John “On the Spot” Abotto went 2-for-2 and had a game-tying hit in the bottom of the fourth after Danny Curvin hit a two-run double. Mason Walczak also contributed to the attack while Danny Melnick allowed three hits, one earned run and no walks while striking out seven in five innings.
Haldeman played outstanding defense over the first four innings with tremendous outfield play by Cole Palmeri and solid shortstop play by Jacob Sloss Brett Harris pitched a strong 3-1/3 innings.
Apr. 14 Little Lads Travel
Cramer, Rodriguez, Martin pace 10Us to two wins
Apr. 14: Hamilton Little Lads defeated the Solebury Spiders, 13-3, in a 10U USABL game. Gavin Martin was the winning pitcher and Hamilton was led on offense by three hits apiece from Tommy Cramer and Nathan Rodriguez and two hits from Elijah Baldwin.
A week earlier, Martin hurled the win and Cameron Bencivengo notched the save in HLL’s 10-4 win over the Hamilton Heat. Tommy Cramer and Mikey Gachetti paced the offense.
Wiltsey does it all as 11Us romp twice
Apr. 14: Justin Wiltsey fired a one-hitter and homered to as Hamilton Little Lads defeated the Monmouth County Sluggers, 13 -3, in an 11U USABL game. Stephan Mizsak contributed two hits and an RBI, and Anthony Frascella made a sparkling play at second base.
A week earlier, Wiltsey also homered to aid the two-hit pitching by Jason Diaz in an 11-1 win over the Bucks County Renegades.
Apr. 15 Little Lads Juniors
Boddie has hot bat in Classic Subs win
Apr. 15: Classic Subs defeated Quick Chek, 5-1 tonight in a Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division game. Austin Boddie went 3-for- 3 with a homerun, Cole Funke had two hits and Adian Barrios was the winning pitcher for Classic. Quick Chek got excellent pitching from Tommy Laurentis.
Apr. 15 Little Lads Minors
Rogers pitches County Line Tree Service to win
Apr. 15: County Line Tree Service defeated Muni's Painting 11-1 in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game tonight. Dominck Rogers pitched a complete game for the victory while Tommy Cramer, Colin Swieconik and Jakob Papizez led the County Line offense.
Patrick Migliaccio pitched well and Ashton Gulyas led Muni's in hitting.
PARS’ Burness burns Ivy with three-run homer
Apr. 15: PARS Environmental defeated Ivy Tavern, 11-8, in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game. PARS was led offensively by Jakob Rios, Drew Layton and Ryan Burness, whose three-run inside the park home run supported winning pitcher Elijah Baldwin. Solomon Rios came in for the save. Ivy was led in hitting by Jack Angelini and Torin McKenzie, who hit an RBI triple to the fence.
Cook creates gourmet meal for Dean’s
Apr. 15: Dean's Learning Center cruised to a 13-3 victory over AFSCME in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game. Logan Cook kept AFSCME guessing all night, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up five hits, one walk and three runs. Dean's kept their hot bats going in hitting double digits for the second straight game, led by Jimmy Dean's two doubles and Jacob Hernandez's triple. Mac Meara and Anshil Shan both went 2-for-2 for AFSCME.
Apr. 11 Little Lads Rookies
PBA 66 and Broad Street Diner play tight game
Apr. 11: PBA 66 played Broad Street Diner in an exciting Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Division matchup today. For PBA 66, Peter Lanausse went 2-for-2 with an RBI and played strong defensively, Sabria Spells went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a strong defensive game, and LJ Black went 2-for-2 with an RBI and stolen base.
Apr. 8 Little Lads Majors
James, Storer, Wiltsey homer in Dennis win
Apr. 8: The Dennis Team held on for a 7-5 victory over Cooper Plumbing in a Hamilton Little Lads Major Division game. Michael James and Gage Storer each hit a home run and Justin Wiltsey hit two homers to lead the Dennis Team's offensive attack. Anthony Frascella, Jared Rogalinski, Anthony Hreiz and Bryan Cooper each had strong games for Cooper.
Apr. 14 Travel
Harris saves A’s Green 11U’s comeback win
Apr. 14: The Hamilton A’s Green 11u travel baseball team had another come- from-behind win, 9-8, over the Bucks County Renegades. Anthony Ficcaro notched the win and Brett Harris got the save fanning the last batter with the tying run on third.
Aaron Woods Went 3-for=3 with a run scored, Mason Walczak went 2-for-3 with a double, Anthony Ficarro had two RBI and Louis Karlick added an RBI.
James pitches Mercer Elite 11U past Northern
Apr. 14: The Mercer Elite 11U travel baseball team defeated Northern Burlington, 8-3, as Brendan James allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. Logan Barber had the save.
The offense was led by Justin Brunow (2 hits, RBI, 3 runs), Jason Maysonet (2 hits, RBI), Jordan “Jeter Fan” Nitti (2 hits, RBI) and Logan Barbera (triple, 2 RBI and 2 runs). James, Jack Hardiman and Toomer also had hits for Mercer, which did not commit an error.
Schirmer, Dunmeyer pitch 9U Heat over Wildcats
Apr. 14: The 9U Hamilton Heat travel baseball team battled to its second win, taking a 7-4 decision over the West Jersey Wildcats. Kenny Schirmer and Tyler Dunmeyer combined for 11 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings on the mound while Justin Germana got the offense started with a RBI single in the second.
With the score 5-4 in the sixth inning, Tommy Yesenosky had a big RBI single and then stole home to provide some insurance runs. Yesenosky also combined with Nick Csillan to provide solid defense behind the plate.
Apr. 14 Little Lads Rookies
Foley’s and Hamilton PT battle it out
Apr 14: In a fast paced Hamilton Little Lads Rookie Bball game between Hamilton Physical Therapy and Foley's Shop 'n' Bag, which ended in a tie, there were many notable players and plays. For Hamilton Physical Therapy, Luke Laurinaitis went 3-for-3 and played stellar defense. Cade Pagano also went 3-for-3 and kept the ball in front of him as he played all infield positions, and Dominic Papero also went 3-for-3 and had two putouts in the field.
For Foley's, Christian Gryziewiz went 3-for-3, consistently putting the ball over fielder’s heads. Jaden Elmore also went 3-for-3 and made two good defensive snags, and Noel Soto went 3-for-3 while playing good defense, keeping two balls in front of him and making a put out at first base.
Apr. 13 Little Lads Majors
Wiltsey and James help Dennis menace Hamilton Elks
Apr. 13: The Dennis Team held on for an exciting 9-8 win over Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262 in Hamilton Little Lads Major Division play. Justin Wiltsey went 3-for-3 with a double and Michael James had two hits to lead The Dennis Team's offensive attack. Kyle Kontura pitched strong in relief to pick up the win.
Jason Diaz hit his first home run of the season, David Hancock collected two hits and Jonathon Sweiconek made a great catch in left field to support the Elks comeback attempt.
Apr. 13 Little Lads Rookies
Foley’s and Printworx battle it in entertaining game
Apr. 13: In great Hamilton Little Lads Rookie ball action, Foley's Shop and Bag and Printworx battled it out to a tie score. Devon Shifton went 3-for-3 in his first game action of the season, while Lisette Zamichieli and Rachel Nixon each played fantastic defense at third base for Printworx.
For Foley's, Jayden Williams went 3-for-3 while recording hits from both sides of the plate, Ryan Palmieri went 2-for-2 and played great defense in all positions in the infield and Danny Almonte kept the ball in front of him defensively while also going 2-for-2.
Apr. 13 Little Lads Juniors
Classic tops Poor Boy in battle of hoagie mavens
Apr. 13: Jeremy Ellis went 3-for-3 with a triple to power Classic Sub Shop to a 10-6 win over Poor Boy Subs in Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division play. Christian Patterson and Evan Tucci each went 2-for-3.
Apr. 13 Little Lads Minors
PARS Environmental stages huge comeback victory
Apr. 13: PARS Environmental came back from a 9-2 deficit to win 12-10 over Dean's Learning Center in Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division play. PARS batted around in the fifth inning and was led in hitting by Elijah Baldwin, Connor Luckie and an inside-the-park home run by winning pitcher Solomon Rios. Tyler Solymosi pitched a strong game for Dean's.
Ivy Tavern rides Bencivengo to shut out victory
Apr. 13: Ivy Tavern shut out Muni's painting, 11-0, in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game. Cameron Bencivengo pitched a 3-hit shutout and was supported by RBI hits from Tyler Fedor, Joseph Kesting and Chris Lewis to lead Ivy to the victory.
Zachary Flynn, Joe Muni and Zachary Plumeri had the hits for Muni's.
Apr. 13 NLL Seniors
Swindasz, Muller pace Bob Hope past Salzano
Apr. 13: Bob Hope Auto Body improved to 3-1 on the season with a 7-4 win over Salzano Baseball Academy in Nottingham Little League Major Division action. The offense was led by Joe Swindasz who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and his first career homer. Also chipping in were Jake Muller (3-for-3), Louis Karlik and Jared Brunow (2 hits each). Zack Manz contributed with a hit and run scored. Jared Brunow pitched 4.2 innings for the win, striking out 8 and allowing only 1 walk and 2 runs.
Salzano was led on offense by Gabe Santin and Ryan Stromberg each with two hits,including Santin’s second home run of the season. Sammy Ponticello was very effective on the mound for the second straight game against Bob Hope.
Apr. 11 Little Lads Juniors
Poor Boy zips Quick Chek behind stellar trio
Apr. 11: Poor Boy Subs defeated Quick Chek 3 – 0 in tonight's Hamilton Little Lads Junior Division matchup. Mark Hreiz, Angelo Migliaccio and Elijah Babij had strong games for Poor Boy Subs, while Jayce Pagano was strong for Quick Chek.
Apr. 11 Little Lads Minors
Angelini’s glove and bat aids Ivy Tavern
Apr. 11: Ivy Tavern started off hot and was able to hang on for a 8-5 victory over Dean's Learning Center in tonight’s Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game. Jack Angelini and Torin McKenzie roped back-to-back RBI double's off the left field fence to get the offense started for Ivy Tavern, but their pitching was the real factor as Angelini, Anthony Delvalle and Cameron Bencivengo combined on a 4-hitter with Angelini striking out nine and Bencivengo striking out the side to end the game.
Logan Cook went the distance for Dean's Learning Center in the loss. He helped his effort at the plate going 2- for- 2 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Solymosi had a hit and run scored, and Anthony Malagrino added an RBI to Dean's comeback attempt.
Jay Robert wins two of first three in walk-off fashion
Jay Robert Realtors has won two of its first three games, staring with a 5-4 victory over Bernie’s Bicycle. Trailing 4-3 in the sixth, Ryan Schwager reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second and scored on an RBI single by David Iorio to tie it. CJ Pitarro, singled, Scott Soleimani walked and Christian Cardinale’s grounder plated Iorio on a close play at the plate. Matt Mimmo was 2-for-2 for Bernie’s.
Jay Robert lost a close game to Bocchini and Carnelli, Esq., 6-4, as Cameron Kontura belted a three-run homer for Bocchini and Josh Lyons pitched four strong innings for the win. David Iorio went 2-for-2 with two triples and two RBI, while Ryan Hannawacker was 3-for-3 for JR.
Jay Robert got back in the win column with another walk off 3-2 win over Jerry Salzano Baseball Academy in 8 innings. Iorio stayed hot with a homer, triple and two RBI. In the bottom of the eighth, Scott Soleimani walked, Ryan Hanawacker's singled and Matt “Sticks” Sangillo slammed an RBI single to win it for the Cardiac Kids. Gabe Santin homered and pitched 7 1/3 strong innings for Salzano's.
Little Lads Minors
Nixon’s walk-off hit lifts County Line to victory
Apr. 9: Andrew Nixon’s game-winning hit helped County Line Tree Service score a walk-off 7-6 win over Liedtka Fuel in a Hamilton Little Lads Minor Division game tonight. The victory was highlighted by winning pitcher Chris Williams' performance and a sparkling defensive catch by centerfielder James Moore.
Liedtka’s Anton Landgraf, Ryan Liquori and Gavin Martin each collected two hits, with Martin hitting his first home run of the season.
VFW 3525 forges tie with Kids at Heart
Kids at Heart and VFW Post 3525 played to a 6-6 tie in HTRBA International play. Kids at Heart pitcher Jack Bisset allowed only two runs and one hit in three solid innings, while striking out six. Bisset also hammered a ground rule double and scored twice. Cole Given and Joe Lemley also had two hits and an RBI each to lead the offense.
VFW was led on the mound by Jesse Pecarsky, who struck out five in two innings. Justin Germana had two hits and a run scored, Brett Miller smashed a double and RBI, and Peter Szpakowski had a hit, RBI and stole home to force the tie in the last inning.
Apr. 10 NLL Majors
Loney’s bomb lifts Haldeman Ford past DiStefano
Apr. 10: Jacob Loney slammed a three-run homer in support of winning pitcher Jo Jo Chell as Haldeman Ford defeated DiStefano Plumbing, 6-4, in a weather-shortened game in the Nottingham Little League Major Division.
Jake Sloss had two hits and an RBI for Haldeman. Jordan “Jeter Fan” Nitti had two doubles for DiStefano.
Southard, Paria combine on gem for Joe’s Transmission
Joe's Transmission got a combined two-hitter from Cole Southard and Jaedyn Paria to take a 10-2 win over Golden Dawn in HTRBA Major Division play.
The offensive attack was led by Sammy Raymond and Jaedyn Paria, who were both 3-for-3. Bryce Fremgen collected his first home run of the year for Golden Dawn in the loss.
Fanning fires no-hitter as Hamilton Fire wins big
Jacob Fanning fired a no-hitter with 9 strikeouts as Hamilton Fire took an 11-0 win over Allegretti Builders in HTRBA Major Division play. Sam Crawford had a single, triple and three RBI, Robbie Bennett had a double and two RBI, Craig Bishop had two hits and Brandon Turner bopped a double.
Nottingham LL Majors
Karlik’s clutch triple gives Bob Hope Auto Body a victory
Bob Hope Auto Body improved its record to 2-1 in the Nottingham Little League Major Division with an 8-6 win over Salzano Baseball Academy.
Bob Hope was led at the plate by Louis Karlik and the two 10-year-olds on its roster -- Lucas Simms and Chris Rooney -- who all had two hits. Rooney had two doubles, and Karlik – who scored twice -- had a big two-run triple the put the Hopeful's ahead to stay in the sixth. Also contributing key hits for Bob Hope were Patrick Luckie and Aidan Ryan.
Bob Hope received outstanding pitching from Justin Brunow and Joe Swindasz. Brunow started and threw three solid innings with four strikeouts while giving up two earned runs. Swindasz finished up the final two innings giving up two runs on two hits and recording all six outs he got by strikeout.
Hamilton 9U Heat opens strong against Solebury
Apr. 7: The Hamilton Heat 9U travel baseball team opened it's spring season with a lopsided shutout win at Solebury today. Tyler Dunmeyer, Kenny Schirmer and Kyle Sirimis combined on a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. Alex Marino sparked the offense with two hits and five RBI.
Danny Edwards played a great defensive game with three big defensive plays to preserve the shutout and added a hit and two RBI. Nick Csillan also added two RBI, while Ryan Applegate scored three runs.
A’s U11 Green tops A’s Gold in backyard brawl
Apr. 7: The Hamilton A's 9U Green travel baseball team won its home opener, 10-6, over the Hamilton A’s Gold. Mason Walczak was 3-for-3 with a double and a two-run hit that put the Green up for good. Brett Harris entering in the fifth to pick up the win, while Walczak, Harris and Anthony Ficcaro all had doubles.
Apr. 6 50-70 Intermediate
HTRBA tops Ewing in its inaugural Intermediate game
Apr. 6: HTRBA defeated Ewing Little League, 12-2, in HTRBA's first-ever Intermediate (50/70) Division game. Jake Fanning, Sam Crawford, Phil Rojek and Brett Hoffman combined on the mound to hold Ewing to two runs on four hits. Fanning also blasted a monster home run for HTRBA.
Nottingham Fire's Joseph Bendace recites the Little League pledge while league president Brian Melnick provides the microphone during Nottingham Little League opening day ceremonies today (Photo by John Blaine/purchase photos at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Apr. 6 NLL Majors
Hamilton Supply uses big comeback to top Bernie’s
Apr. 6: Trailing 5-1 after two innings, Hamilton Supply roared back for a 12-8 win over Bernie’s in the Nottingham Little League Major Division. Anthony Ficcaro belted his first home run, while Mason Walczak notched the win by allowing three runs over 2-1/3 innings. Walczak fanned two, walked two and allowed three hits. Jared Struble had three hits and two RBI.
Hit by Harris proves to be big in Haldeman Ford win
Apr. 6: Brett Harris’ key, two-out, two-run double helped spark Haldeman Ford to a 6-4 win over Jerry Salzano Baseball Academy in the Nottingham Little League Major Division opener for both teams.
The hit by Harris proved to be the game-winner after Haldeman rallied from a 4-0 deficit. Jacob Loney got the win in relief of JoJo Chell. Brendan James was 3-for-3 for Salzano and pitched three innings of shutout ball.
Apr. 5 NLL Majors
Vizzoni powers DiStefano Plumbing past Bob Hope’s Auto
Apr. 5: Winning pitcher Jimmy Vizzoni had two hits, including an RBI double, as DiStefano Plumbing edged Bob Hope's Auto, 8-7, in Nottingham Little League Major Division play.
Evan McGovern closed the game for DiStefano. Zach Wolfsgruber (3 hits, 2 RBI), Jake DiChiara (2 hits), Noah Raab (RBI double) and Jordan "Jeter Fan" Nitti all reached base safely three times. For Bob Hope, Jake Muller and Kyle Ayres each had a home run and two hits.
Apr. 3 Nottingham Majors
Muller looking good as ever as Bob Hope wins opener
Apr. 3: Bob Hope Auto defeated Bocchini and Carnelli, 8-3, in the opening game for both teams in Nottingham Major division play.
Jake Muller picked up where he left off last year for defending champion Bob Hope, throwing a perfect three innings before yielding and infield hit in the fourth. He fanned seven in 3.2 innings. He also had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI.
Kyle Ayres also contributed a Home Run and two RBI for Bob Hope. Jared Brunow and Justin Brunow both scored two runs and had a hit in the win. Also pitching well was Justin Brunow and Joe Swindasz who finished the last 2.1 innings without allowing a hit and. The two combined for four Ks.
Bocchini was led by Josh Lyons, with a double and two RBI, and Spencer Conti whose single broke up the perfect game.
Apr. 2 Nottingham Majors
Melnick, Plunkett pitch Hamilton Supply to opening win
Hamilton Supply opened its Nottingham Little League Major League season with an 11-1 win over DiStefano Plumbing.
Danny Melnick notched the win, striking out four in the first two innings. Brady Plunkett then fanned three in the final two frames. Jared Struble went 2-for-3 with four RBI and a home run.
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Feb 2, 2013
Groundhog Day is
Feb. 2: Well, today is Groundhog Day.
And you know what that means? It means I have found a blogging loophole.
For all you people out there -- like Whalen and Costantino and the Baroness -- who insist on telling me I need a new blog just because they don't want to read the old one for 19 straight weeks, I have discovered the answer to my problem.
Again, I reiterate, it is Groundhog Day. And if you saw the Bill Murray movie, you know that Groundhog Day is the same day, over and over and over again.
Therefor, because I am writing this blog today, it gives me carte blanche to leave it up here over and over and over and over again. Moreso than usual. Like. . .forever!
You think you got tired of seeing Phil Alu and Jon Adams at the top of this blog?
You are REALLY gonna hate The Groundhog!
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Just want to pass along good luck wishes to Nottingham junior Josh Lajeunesse, one of the many class acts and key contributors on the Nottingham state champion football team. r Josh recently discovered he needs serious shoulder surgery, which will keep him out of action for four months and unfortunately cause him to miss track season.
"Yeah, but I gotta get ready for football," he said.
Yeah ya do buddy, so good luck on the surgery No. 2 and hope all goes well!
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Speaking of Nottingham football, seems they are taking Fish Bowl 1 quite serious.
"It was nice to win a state football title," said one administrator. "But to say we won both the state title and the Fish Bowl, now that would be something!
We are keeping the administrator anonymous lest he incur the wrath of Coach Adams for linking the two together . .but we know that secretly, the Big Dawg feels the same way! lol
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Speaking of Fish Bowl, I just want to thank everyone for participating. I had hoped to get about 20-30 responses and just run them straight down in a list. But with the great feedback from everyone we got 88 responses (89 counting Donna Brihn's dog) and rand allowed us to turn it into the Fish Bowl.
What's amazing is as a collective group we couldn't pick a winner! 44-44. Wow, a township divided!
Anyway, thanks for taking part in the fun folks, and good luck to you and your team!
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Oh, one other thing. We heard back from Phil Alu (there's that name again!) about his selection of Kyle Kaepernick as Super Bowl MVP.
"Holy crap! Now I know why my Fantasy Football team sucked all year. I was playing Kyle Kaepernck out of West Oak High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan all season and not Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers."
The sad think here is, Kyle Kaepernick even sucked for West Oak High School. And Kalamazoo football is weak!
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I love my mother, but I'll never play her Super Bowl pool again. She asked me to buy five blocks, which I did. She said she would fill them in and mail it to me, which she did.
But rather than scatter my name in different blocks all over the sheet, she wrote it straight down in five blocks.
The result? In all five of my boxes I have Baltimore and nine. Nine! Are you freakin kidding me? So much for having a lot of different chances to win this baby, which of course, is the reason for multiple blocks.
Love ya mom!
Hate your pool!
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OK, that's it. I hope you like this blog, cuz you're gonna see it over and over and over and over and over. All that's missing is a picture of Ned Ryerson and the soundtrack to I Got You Babe!
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Oh, and one more thing. Does anyone out there actually watch all 8 hours of pre-game Super Bowl shows that are available? If so, then you could actually read this blog over and over and over and never get bored. Because you reeeallly need a life!
Jan 27, 2013
Happy New Year!
Yeah yeah, I know, it's an old year by now. But hey, I haven't written anything since the new year so it's a New Year for Fish Tales.
Hope everybody had a great holiday, hope everybody enjoyed the NFL playoffs, hope everybody has returned all their gifts that sucked and I just hope everbody is doin' great dogawnnit!
I don't really have a heck of a lot on my mind, but I'm getting yelled at again by people saying to put up a new blog. They don't neccessarily care what I have to say, they just get tired of seeing the same thing at the top of this spot for so long. Sorry Big Dawg, all the love is gone now, they all hate you now due to over-exposure. You have joined Phil Alu as a "stayed at the top of the blog too long" poster boy. lol.
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OK, let's start with the Super Bowl.
I mean, you never really hear much about it (insert *rolls eyes* here) so we'll talk about it!
You know what's interesting. And this, like so many other things, speaks to the popularity of the NFL. The Supe is the one championship in sports that the TV Networks don't fret about.
In baseball they would moan if the World Series match-up is the Kansas City Royals vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. "Oh God, those aren't big TV markets!"
It wasn't always like that for the Series. It was the big thing, everyone cared. Kids rushed home from school as fast as possible to catch the end of the games. But not anymore. Games that last til 12:30 a.m. don't help the cause these days, but that's only part of it.
But I digress.
Take the NBA. If they don't have the Lakers and/or the Celtics/Miami in the finals, its like a mad dash for a bridge to jump off of.
"No one will watch this. Ohhhhh noooo!"
And if it's the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs.... . .um, what's like, the big match-up for the NHL? OK, forget that one.
But football has no such worries. This game could be the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the Seattle Seahawks and it wouldn't matter. 999 gazillion people would tune in anyway, just because it's like an unofficial national law.
"Gonna watch the Super Bowl?"
"How come, you don't like football?"
"I know, but it's the Super Bowl?"
I mean, that's basically the answer people give, and it's just understood. Oh yeah, it's the Super Bowl.
And by the way, when is the NFL gonna give folks a break and make this game on a Saturday so people at all the parties can recover on Sunday? . They can't be clinging to tradition or the game would still start at 1 o'clock, the halftime show would still be the Hokey-Fanokie high school marching band and the tickets could still be purchased by folks outside the 1 percent of the people with all the money in the world.
I'm sure someone did some research and concluded "Can't move it to Saturday, too costly."
Oh well, it's still the Super Bowl and we'll all watch it. Cuz hey, it's the Super Bowl!
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Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don't know who's going to win and I don't care. But if I have to make a pick, I'd pick the Ravens.
I dunno. But I had to make a pick so I picked the Ravens.
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Here's a classic basketball official story. I will not reveal the names to protect the innocent (and guilty) but it was pretty good stuff.
Three refs walked into a CVC girls game earlier this year. As they entered the gym, one of the head coaches says "Oh here they come, the three blind mice."
To which one of them -- who I am proud to say lives in Hamilton -- promptly responded by going "Yeah, but one of us can hear," and slammed the coach with a techncial foul before the game even started.
Now that's style!
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I kind of lost a kindred spirit when Stan Musial passed away last week.
First off, Stan the Man was from Donora, Pa., and I had a roomate in college who hailed from Donora. His parents knew Musial and said he was the greatest guy ever.
Secondly, Musial got his 3,000th career hit on the day I was born.
Just think. . .two monumental occurrances on the same day!
Uh, OK. . one.
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So I have seen three of the movies nominated for the Oscars so far: Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. All good flicks, but, man, Daniel Day Lewis blew me away as Lincoln. Good stuff!
I find Lincoln to be so fascinating. The more I learn about him, the more I want to know about what made him tick.
As opposed to somone like, say, Kim Kardashian, who I don't know anything about and yet I want to know even less.
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I would much rather see Amber Dietrich and Courtney Adams playing basketball this winter instead of texting me updates to tweet of Steinert and Hamilton girls' basketball games.
But they are injured and can't play and that stinks. But thanks girls, for contributing to the cause. You're the best!
And while Amber has been promoted to Fish4scores Director of Twitter Operations (with a 50 percent pay increase from her original salary of nothing), Courtney's work from mid-season on has promoted her to Assistant Director.
Please don't be late for the next staff meeting girls.
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I would also like to thank another Twitter contributor -- who I will only refer to as "Outcast of the People" -- but he can't seem to stay at the games for more tha none half -- and sometimes the decision wasn't his to leave. :)
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Check back later this week when we provide Super Bowl picks from the township's athetic community.
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OK, I leave you with this trivia question -- which I guarantee 80 percent of you won't be able to answer:
Who won today's Pro Bowl?
Dec 9, 2012
It's a Big Dawg
Dec. 9: So I went to a Christmas party at the house of Hightstown High Athletic Director Gary Bushelli Saturday night and it was loaded with Mercer County athletic personalities.
Aside from the Hightstown coaches, which include former Rams head football coach Jack Dunn, there were Notre Dame coach Chappy Moore, former ND/Neptune Athletic Director Vince Ardery, former Steinert AD Rich Giallella and on the list went on.
As we arrived late and struggled through the crowd to get a drink, I was stopped by one person after another with questions.
"Were you at the game? Tell us about the game? How was the game? Tell me about the interception return."
Everyone wanted to know about the Northstars win over Neptune. And at the end of every conversation I had. . .this is not an exaggaration -- EVERY conversation, it ended the same way --- "That's great for Adams. Good for Adams. Good for Jon, he deserves it. Wow Jon must be happy."
That's the common theme running throughout Mercer County and Northstar Nation today. An outpouring of congratulations has Big Dawg's Facebook page in overdrive. He wasn't checking text messages yesterday until he had the time.
It's a sheer love-fest and include me in the group. Obviously the fact that Coach Adams survived serious cancer issues in the summer adds to the story line here. But that's not where the love is coming from. Had the Dawg been healthy as a horse last summer the same accolades would be coming his way.
Adams is a guy who has worked hard as the Northstars head coach for 23 years. He loves his players and has developed a close bond with so many of them after they left. He gives tough love, sometimes he has to get tough without giving the love to get a point across.
He admitted it was hard to bench his son Stephen in the second half against Neptune because Luke Westerberg had the hot hand. It had to be killing him, since it was the first time all year he abandoned the rotation system. And it happened in the biggest game of the year.
What dad on earth would feel good about doing that? How many of them might just not have done it?
But while Adams loves his son, he treats his players as his family as well and he knew this was the move to make for Nottingham to win. In fact, he and his staff proved to be outstanding throughout the playoffs in which Nottingham went 3-0 against the Shore Conference.
Rather than avoid the other team's strengths, he attacked them. He did what conventional wisdom said not to do because he had faith in his players. And his confidence in his players to do that, gave them the confidence to get it done.
Against Manasquan and Long Branch, he decided to slug it out with a running game against teams that love that style. Against Neptune, a team that can score points in bunches with big plays, conventional wisdom said to go with a running game to keep the ball out of Ajee Patterson's hands. So what did Nottingham do? Get three offensive touchdown plays of 53 yards or more.
It wasn't just the Big Dawg. His assistants obviously played a big part in it. And why not listen to a staff that includes former head coaches Bob Harris, Frank Gatto and John Berei. It was truly a clinic the way they handled three teams that everyone thought were the favorites.
Personally speaking, we in the media love Adams. He's always a good quote and gives you all the time you need (a lot of you in Hamilton do that, which is appreciated).
Sure he'll rub some people the wrong way. No one in the world has a 100 percent fan club.
But he is close with so many people and they are all feeling good for their guy today. And they should. He's a great guy, a gregarious guy who is the classic "Big Teddy Bear" kind of guy.
My only complaint with Mr. Adams is that he playfully admonished the sportswriters for not believing his team had the speed to match up with Neptune. To that, I say please read the below blog written yesterday. Ahem, ahem.
But other than that, I love ya Big Dawg!
Just like everybody else.
Dec. 8 2012
It's in the Stars: Nottingham
will win it!
Dec. 8: I never ever make predictions. I just don't, because I don't think anyone knows what will happen in a football game.
But I am making one today. I truly believe Nottingham's football team is going to come home a winner against Neptune in the Central Jersey Group III championship game.
I had a feeling about this team after the Allentown game. That was a loss, but could have been a win and there was just something about the Northstars that impressed me in that game. They could have won as easily as lost and I didn't count it as a loss in terms of what the Stars could do down the line.
I really think this is a team of destiny. It all started in the summer when Jon Adams health issues could have led to a completely dismal season. But the Big Dawg came through in a big way, his team followed his lead and well, here we are.
But that's not the only reason I think Nottingham will win today. I also think they have developed an unshakable confidence after bringing down two straight Shore Conference teams in the first two rounds of the playoffs. That right there removes the stumbling block of "Oh gee, can we beat the Shore?"
And then there is one othe little factor: speed. Neptune's great advantage in these games is speed. Especially in the passing game. But Nottingham's has plenty of speed in the secondary, as long as a physical presence. I'm not saying the Stars have an advantage, but I am saying Neptune doesn't have an advantage.
There are just a lot of things that feel right about this game for Nottingham. So much so, that I'm actually making a prediction.
I don't know what the score will be. . .but Nottingham will be on the positive side of it when it's over.
Dec. 2 2012
Shore is good!
Dec. 2: What is all this talk about the Shore Conference being so good in football?
That's what they might be saying on Klockner Road in Hamilton Township these days, as that little strip of asphalt houses two schools that are actually tormenting the mighty Shore teams lately.
For those who don't follow high school football extensively, it is common knowledge that teams from the Shore pound teams from Mercer County every year in the state playoffs. A few teams hang, but many of the games are embarrassing blowouts.
Over the past two seasons, however, Hamilton Township schools (and Klockner Road residents) Steinert and Nottingham are 3-1 against the Shore Conference.
Steinert beat Wall in last year's playoffs, then led Neptune into the third quarter before falling in the title game. Nottingham has taken two straight seven-point wins over Manasquan and Long Branch this playoff season, despite being considered the underdog in both.
Throw in Hamilton West's near-miss loss to Middletown South in 2010 and it's safe to say that the township is carrying the banner for Mercer County against the Shore.
It's something to be proud of because, lets
face it, the Shore Conference is excellent. It has many more quality teams than Mercer from top to bottom, it has a ton of football talent and great teams play great teams throughout the year. That only toughens them up come playoff time.
Teams in Mercer, even with the West Jersey realignment, are probably getting two to three good tests a year.
The fact that Nottingham and Steinert have fared well in the playoffs doesn't mean the conference's are coming closer together in talent.
What it does mean, is we have had the privelege of watching two very special football teams the past two years. Two teams that have proven they can be great no matter what league they are in and what team they are playing.
And both have unique stories to tell.
For Steinert, it marked the first time the school ever won a playoff game, let alone reach a sectional final.
For Nottingham, it's one of the feel-good stories of the year. Over the summer, the Stars were uncertain of if they would have their head coach. And the coach himself wondered how much of a future he had after Jon Adams had to undergo surgery for cancer.
But Adams won his battle and his Northstars have won every battle but one this year. And the team it lost to is no longer around as Allentown fell to Neptune in Friday's other CJ III final.
It's the same Neptune that beat Steinert last year. The same Neptune Nottingham plays at The College of New Jersey for a championship on Saturday.
Few people outside the area probably think Nottingham will win. But that doesn't matter.
If people can't figure out by now that the Northstars may just be a team of destiny, they never will.
And besides, Nottingham has proven it can overcome the aura of the Shore Conference.
But can the Scarlet Fliers overcome the aura of Klockner Road?
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Congratulations to coach Dan O'Donnell and the Fish4scores.com basketball team, which won its inaugural game in the St. Gregory Intramural League's Senior Division. Way to go gang, you're making us all proud!
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Speaking of last year's football teams, graduated Steinert quarterback Adam Riese was on hand at the Thanksgiving game while graduated Nottingham QB Esayah Obado was at Saturday's Nottingham-Long Branch game.
Both were red-shirted at their respective schools this year -- Riese at New Hampshire and Obado and Delaware State -- and both felt it was a productive year of learning about the nuances of college football.
Nov. 20 2012
allow us to smile
times in Hamilton
Nov. 20: Thank you, Nottingham!
In the wake of so many disturbing things being reported on in Hamilton Township these days, and with today’s guilty verdict of Mayor John Bencivengo, this township needs something to smile about.
And it has reasons to do just that thanks to what's happening on the corner of Klockner Road and Hamilton Avenue.
Nottingham High School is all smiles these days with what’s going on its athletic department.
Start with the hiring of Chris “The Baron” Raba last week. Raba was finally confirmed as boys basketball coach, giving the Northstars a guy with a proven track record of success to run their program.
Then there is the football team, who gave us one of the most exciting football games seen in these parts in some time. Trailing by 14 and going nowhere at halftime Nottingham roared back for a 21-14 win to advance to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III semifinals next week.
Let’s not forget about “Amazing” Grace Dwyer, who is sweeping New Jersey by storm in just her first year in high school. The freshman is putting up times that are remarkable and blew into Wednesday’s Meet of Champions by finishing third in the NJSIAA Group III meet last Saturday.
And to top it off, softball star Valerie Suto signed a letter of intent on Monday to play for Division I Seton Hall, which is pretty impressive.
That’s a lot of nice stuff to feel good about during this time of turmoil.
It’s no wonder that Rick “The Voice of the Northstars” Taylor has a lot to say these days.
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I couldn’t be happier for Jon Adams and the success he has had with Nottingham football this year. This was a guy who, last summer, didn’t even know if he would be teaching or coaching, let along standing two wins away from a sectional title.
Way to go Big Dawg!
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Apologies go out to Meg “Martina Scorcese” Black, the Steinert grad now attending Kutztown State. In my last blog I thanked so many people for their contributions, but forgot to thank “Blackie” for all her fine video efforts last summer (and hopefully again over winter break).
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I didn’t get a chance to write anything on it, but congratulations to Hamilton West’s Lauren “The Lamb” Wyrough for scoring two goals and leading her team to victory in the Mooch Myernick Soccer All-Star game Sunday. That gave Wyrough eight goals in five games since her knee injury.
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Also congratulations go out to Kristin Jacobs (formerly Voorhees) for being named the new Steinert girls basketball coach.
Voorhees was a standout player at Steinert under Jim “Jules” Giglio and was a long-time assistant under Bob Boyce at West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Jacobs gets started this weekend when basketball practice gets underway.
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It has been 25 years since the Steinert boys cross country team won the NJSIAA Group III meet with Tom Canto, Aaron Oldfield, Charlie Zoda, Doug Larkin, Tom Hooker and several other standouts. The crew plans on meeting at Veterans Park with coaches Jerry Bleistein and Doug Martin this Friday and are toying with taking an anniversary run through the park. Whether or not that happens, they will then head to DeLorenzo’s for some pizza.
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Thursday’s the big day over at Steinert with the Thanksgiving game, and Texas Roadhouse plans on doing its part.
The Fish4Scores Athlete of the Week sponsor will be selling gift cards and donating some of the profits back to the schools. See tomorrow’s preview of the game for more details.
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Not sure if he would want me to reveal this, but Hamilton Little Lads Basketball Director Jack DeStefano just became a great grandfather when his grandson Nick and his wife brought a new baby boy into the world Monday.
“Now I have a new reason for sticking with Little Lads,” Jack said with a laugh.
That must be what keeps him looking so young.
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Rutgers in the Big 10. Wow.
Looks good for football, but I don’t know about basketball. And it will be interesting to see Steinert grad and RU soccer coach Dan Donigan’s take on it, as I’m not sure the Big 10 is quite on par with the Big Eats when it comes to men’s soccer.
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Well that’s it for now. I just want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you on the gridiron Thursday morning!
Sep. 23, 2012
Don’t faint but. . .
it’s a new blog!
OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking.
Another blog already? How many of these things can we take!
Well, after hearing people complaining throughout the spring, summer and fall (I was goin for the record!), even I have gotten sick of seeing the same blog for so long.
I got tired of reading about the second round of the NBA playoffs, considering the the NBA finals AND the Olympics are over. Mollie Coyne was a high school senior during the last blog, today she scored her first collegiate goal. Way to go Mol!
But the biggest complaint I got was “You gotta get Phil Alu out of there!” Sorry Phil. . .I tried to hold out as long as I could, but the masses have spoken!
The second biggest complaint came from Steinert Athletic Director John Costantino . . . every day. It seems Cos reads this blog when he wants to fall asleep. Since he didn’t have a new blog to bore him for five months. . .his whole sleeping pattern is shot.
Sooo anyway, get a pillow Cos and read away. Lots to catch up on.
And in case you forget the set-up, these are various thoughts, sectioned off by little * * * * thingies. So if you get bored with one thing, just shut up and move on to the next.
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As you may have already seen, we have some new features on Fish4Scores.com, not the least of which is a new Athlete of the Week Sponsor. We’re delighted to welcome aboard Texas Roadhouse on Route 33, which is donating gift cards and hanging up the photos of the winners each week in their fine establishment.
Owner Norm Patten is just what Hamilton Township ordered. He is not only supporting Fish4scores and the high school’s standout student-athletes, he wants to immerse his establishment into this township. So if you’re looking for a place to stage an event, make like the gang at Cheers and call “Norm!”
OK, that was lame. Are you sure you want another blog?
Secondly, we are still tying up the loose ends with the potential sponsor, but we are a few hand shakes away from awarding one student-athlete from each school a “Scholar-Athlete of the Season” award, which will be given at the end of the fall, winter and spring seasons. Once everything is finalized, I’ll let everyone know the details and we will proudly reveal the new sponsor.
Speaking of scholar-athletes, you may have seen our new feature “The Life of a Student-Athlete” where Steinert’s Jeff Mattonelli and Hamilton’s Colleen “Collar” Murphy give us some insight on their lives beyond the athletic field. We are bringing a Nottingham athlete into the rotation as well, but I have not cleared it with him yet. When I do, he will add a third view.
I gotta tell you, so far I’ve been really impressed. In their first efforts, Jeff and Murph provided interesting, entertaining insight to what they are all about, and I have a feeling it will only get better as we all get into a rhythm.
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Features aren’t the only thing that’s new.
They are coinciding with an upcoming new look for Fish4Scores.
Now, you are probably going to complain about it at first.
Why? Because it’s change, and everyone hates change. “Where is this? How do I get to this? Why did he change this!!!!”
One of the main reasons is, it will cut my workload by at least a third. This site served its use over the first three years but it takes an incredibly long time to post stories and photos. So, part of it is self preservation.
Secondly, we want to continue to highlight the day’s activities prominently, but we plan on leaving the Athlete of the Week, Scholar-Athlete of the Season and Life of a Student-Athlete directly underneath on the home page so people don’t have to go searching for them.
Thus, the top of the page will be that oh-so-popular website method of rotating photos scrolling by, so you can pick your story.
I am trying to keep the new site as functional as this one. There will still be the “Fall” “Winter” “Spring” “Summer” menus at the top, and they will drop down with the sports for that season. So it won’t be THAT different.
I just ask you give it a chance and ou’ll get used to it. And bear with me, cuz I won’t know what I’m doing for a while so there may be a few gaffes here and there. But it will all smooth out so don’t go anywhere!
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We also have plenty of new people on board. Cathy Martin Healy took the plunge behind the scenes this summer and has done a tremendous job as my marketing consultant. Cathy is a freelancer who is extremely good at what she does. If you need her talents, let me know and I’ll hook you up (and no, I don’t get a percentage).
Shannon Keenan Moscarello is our new sales representative, so if you want to put an ad on Fish4scores, let us know and I will put you in touch with Shannon.
For a brief time until he graduates, we’re happy to have Rider student JJ Duke with us, predominantly as a soccer writer but he may pop up at other events as well. Mark Pratico, another Rider guy, is back helping out with his soccer expertise and we couldn’t be happier about that.
And we have found yet another talented parent with photography talents, as Nancy Eggert is supplying us with some darn good shots of Steinert boys’ soccer. The only drawback is she was referred to us by Jim “Jules” Giglio, so I now I feel indebted to Jules. And that’s never good.
There is also recent Nottingham graduate Dave Robb, who’s slipping us some nice Northstar shots. Brian “The Shot” McCarthy is our wild card, who could be anywhere at any time to shoot a township sports team near you. Brian also has a new Facebook photo page dealing with Hamilton Township news photography that you might want to check out: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hamilton-Herald-News-com/113569545457746.
We still have the ol’ reliables, of course. At Nottingham, there is Wes “The Media Mogul” Kirkpatrick and Mary “The Renowned One” Malone. Two legends. Need we say more?
Over at Hamilton West, there is Jim Jenkins providing quality cross country shots. And of course, one of the gutsiest football photographers around – Donna Brihn. Poor Donna needs ankle surgery but refuses to miss shooting Hamilton football so she’s hobbling up and down the sidelines with a brace at not only varsity games, but JV and freshmen contests as well.
Yesterday she had to ice it for hours after the game and apologized for getting me her photos late. How’s that for dedication? Hornet players, give Mrs. Brihn a pat on the back and a “way to go” the next time you see her. Just watch the ankle!
And then there’s Princeton Packet sports editor Bob “Sense” Nuse, who will try and provide a cross country story if any Hamilton teams are running at the same meet his son is running at. Bob knows his stuff.
Then there are the usual suspects that are staples – photographers John Blaine and Dennis Symons Jr.; writer/teacher/many other things Tony Piscotta, and jack of all trades Ken Weingartner.
The fact that so many quality people want to be a part of this blows my mind and really makes me proud. This site would be nothing without their contributions.
So as we officially begin our fourth year on Oct. 1, to all you people – and any others that I might have missed – I say thank you so much.
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Speaking of Oct. 1, that is the date of the Daniel Rossi Memorial Scholarship Fund 2nd Annual Golf Outing. For more info go to http://www.facebook.com/events/216801735100874/.
While we’re at it, don’t forget the Wraparound Sports 7th Annual Softball Tournament to fight breast cancer on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13-14. Get more info at www.wraparoundsports.org. And please say a prayer for Wraparound founder Janeen Gondek, a good friend and a tremendous person who is going through a very tough time right now.
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I thought nothing would get on my nerves more than the countless Facebook photos this past summer of sand and an ocean that people posted with variations of the following: “On the beach at LBI. . life is good.”
Well, I was wrong.
Since Bruce Springsteen’s tour swung east, my Facebook is on overload with tailgaters in the parking lot and the words “Brrruuuuce!” as their oh so clever comment.
Facebook has become the new post cards. Remember post cards? There was writing involved. And a stamp. Remember stamps?
Anyway, my attitude toward all these Facebook people telling me what a blast they’re having while I’m working, is reflective of my attitude toward post cards. (Someone please tell the kids what a post card is). When my friends went on vacation, my parting words always were “Have fun but don’t send me a post card. I’m not interested in your good time.”
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I was very bummed out this past week to hear that Steinert’s Amber Dietrich has had her senior season of field hockey cut short due to a torn ACL. Dietrich hurt it when she caught it in some high grass at Robbinsville (the turf field was unavailable).
Amber is a great kid and anyone that knows her, hopes she can get back for her final season of softball. I spoke with her today at the Nottingham-Steinert football game and she is going to see a doctor Monday. She’s hoping to be back in six months, which would get her back by March and in time for softball.
Good luck Amber!!!
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Another thing that happened since the last blog (and no Mr. Costantino, not the discovery of electricity) is that I am now writing for the Hamilton Post newspaper. The reason I say this is to support their fine website, mercerspace.com, which does a great job covering the county, and especially this township, with its news and sports coverage.
(How’s that Joe and Rob? Do I still have a job!)
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I couldn’t agree more with Steve Young concerning the lockout with the NFL officials. In case you missed it, Young said that as long as people keep filling the stadiums and as long as ratings are up, why should Roger Goodell care about the replacement refs and their flaws. In the NFL, the bottom line is the buck. Who cares if games are screwed up or, worse yet, players are crunched.
I have a close friend who worked for the NFL for years. . .in the same office with Paul Tagliabue, in fact. She and her husband moved from New York to Los Angeles a few years ago and she now works for the NFL Network.
But she told me stories that blew my mind about how cheap the NFL is. A multi-gajillion dollar corporation treated regular old workers, like maintenance men, office employees and custodians like dirt. That’s why Young’s words hit home with me, because it mirrored everything my friend told me.
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Kudos to everybody’s favorite trainer, Trenton High’s Poppy Anderson. A Hamilton resident, Poppy is the male honoree this year by the Trenton Select Club. There is truly not a classier guy associated with Mercer County athletics.
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More kudos, to Hibernians soccer coach Tom Bayless, who is being inducted into the Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame. Tom is originally from Lawrence but his Hamilton roots run deep with all he’s done in the township.
And he’s almost as classy as Poppy! Just don’t ask me to define almost.
Love ya Bayless!
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Rutgers football beat Arkansas on the road last night and every time the Razorbacks applied the pressure, Rutgers answered. Could be an interesting year in Piscataway and no one will be happier than our JoJo's friend Andy.
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Gotta love this second wildcard in baseball. Hey, it kept me interested in the Phils for about 6 weeks longer than if there wasn't one.
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Another NHL lockout? Damn! Some of my greatest memories are of NHL games in October, when the baseball post-season is unfolding and college and pro football are in full bloom.
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Well, that’s about it folks.
See ya in 5 months . . . or whenever Haley’s Comet comes by again.