BRISTOL – The Mid-Atlantic portion of the Little League World Series Regional tournament in Bristol has kicked off with New Jersey and Pennsylvania each collecting two wins, one coming Sunday and the other coming Monday for both teams.
The boys from Toms River East Little league held Canal Little League of Delaware to three hits Sunday, winning 3-0. Two runs in the bottom of the third put Toms River ahead, and another run scored in the fifth was added insurance for the tournament-opening victory.
Joey DiMeo had two hits and an RBI. Jason Verderrosa and Max Nika also had RBIs.
Cole Garrison held Canal at bay, striking out 10 in five innings of work.
Toms River’s next win came against Maryland’s Montgomery County Little League in a 3-1 final Monday morning.
Maryland struck first with a run in the bottom of the first, but was blanked the rest of the way. Carson Frazier’s six innings of work and 18 first-pitch strikes led to a nine punch out game for him as his team gained the lead in the later stages.
A two-run fourth and another late insurance run in the top of the sixth gave New Jersey its second win of the tournament heading into Tuesday.
Pennsylvania’s game Sunday saw a late surge from the boys from Upper Providence Little League, breaking a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the seventh. Capitol City Little League was unable to answer after its lone run in the third inning in a 5-1 final.
Jalen Bowman and Cooper Fanaro had two hits for PA. Cam Bates had two for DC.
Bowman led the game in RBIs with two.
On the mound, Pennsylvania’s Tommy Sergio was nothing short of excellent with 12 stikeouts across six innings of work. In 17 at-bats he got ahead with a first-pitch strike, matching the number Lee Eckstein put up as DC’s starter.
Eckstein had three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of work.
On Monday Pennsylvania didn’t let up, scoring three on New York’s Colonie Little League to kick off action in the 4 p.m. time slot in Bristol.
A six-run fourth inning launched Upper Providence into complete control of the game. New York scored once in the bottom of the fifth and twice in the sixth to negate a two-run inning from Pennsylvania in the top half. In the 11-3 win for Pennsylvania, it had 11 hits.
Bowman, Fanaro and Aidan Ludwig each had two hits for Pennsylvania. Sam Buckley led the game with three walks and Fanaro let the game in runs driven in with three.
Bowman pitched 3 2/3 innings, striking out five for the winning decision. New York’s Cam Fruscio pitched 3 2/3 and struck out four in the contest.