Berlin Little League baseball team looking to learn, rebound after loss to Edgewood in District 5 Tournament

Published on Monday, 9 July 2018 20:59


BRISTOL - There weren’t 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 Catalano’s 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.

“In 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 that’s on me,” Berlin manager Dave DeGroff said. “I need to have them more mentally ready. They’re 12 years old, they’re young kids and if we compete and try our best, win or lose I’ll be proud of them.”

But Catalano’s hit could be the jolt Berlin needs moving forward. As the game moved on, a different Berlin team started to show.

“We started to have a little bit of pride, that was the thing,” DeGroff said. “It was 10-1 and it was like, maybe we weren’t coming back to win, although we were very optimistic, because that’s 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 night’s game.”

The pitching was hit around against Edgewood, the fielding erratic at times and the bats shut down for most of the game by Edgewood’s 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.

“I think they took things for granted and maybe we didn’t push them as much as we should have,” DeGroff said. “I think we had the mindset that we made it through the first round, let’s just show up. We had no idea if our opponent was good or bad, and I don’t mean that [to be] mean. You can’t do any scouting in Little League and I think the kids went about it like, ‘We’re Berlin and we can just show up.’ We’re going to work a lot harder and we have 24 hours to do that.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Monday, 9 July 2018 20:59. Updated: Monday, 9 July 2018 21:02.