BRISTOL - There werenât many positives for the Berlin Little League team to take away from its opening District 5 championship round game against Edgewood Little League.
Outside of Ryan Catalanoâs two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, it was a game fully controlled by Edgewood.
It was highlighted by eight errors by Berlin.
âIn Little League baseball you try to have four errors or less and it seems that it kind of snowballed and it got out of control for us and thatâs on me,â Berlin manager Dave DeGroff said. âI need to have them more mentally ready. Theyâre 12 years old, theyâre young kids and if we compete and try our best, win or lose Iâll be proud of them.â
But Catalanoâs hit could be the jolt Berlin needs moving forward. As the game moved on, a different Berlin team started to show.
âWe started to have a little bit of pride, that was the thing,â DeGroff said. âIt was 10-1 and it was like, maybe we werenât coming back to win, although we were very optimistic, because thatâs my job to rally the guys to give it their best and have the pride. It was nice to score a few runs. Hopefully that will propel us for tomorrow nightâs game.â
The pitching was hit around against Edgewood, the fielding erratic at times and the bats shut down for most of the game by Edgewoodâs Oscar Kuzniar and David Stringer.
Still, Berlin manager Kevin Lavender knows his group is here for a reason and is going to make sure they come ready to go today and put the loss behind them.
âI think they took things for granted and maybe we didnât push them as much as we should have,â DeGroff said. âI think we had the mindset that we made it through the first round, letâs just show up. We had no idea if our opponent was good or bad, and I donât mean that [to be] mean. You canât do any scouting in Little League and I think the kids went about it like, âWeâre Berlin and we can just show up.â Weâre going to work a lot harder and we have 24 hours to do that.â