1996 New Jersey State Little League® Tournament Results
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New Jersey State Tournament
Host - Sparta (District 20)
At Station Park

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions North Hunterdon (High Bridge) (District 17)
Section 2 Champions Millburn-Short Hills (District 9)
Section 3 Champions Hamilton Township Recreation Baseball Association (Hamilton) (District 12)
Section 4 Champions South Vineland (District 3)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Vineland 2, Millburn-Short Hills 1
HTRBA 13, North Hunterdon 12

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Millburn-Short Hills 6, North Hunterdon 5 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
HTRBA 7, South Vineland 6

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Millburn-Short Hills 6, South Vineland 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Millburn-Short Hills 7, HTRBA 6
Millburn-Short Hills 3, HTRBA 2 (TITLE)


Summary:

Six of the seven state tournament games were decided by one run, and Millburn-Short Hills rebounded from an opening round loss to capture its second state title in three years.

Millburn lost its opener when South Vineland pitcher Jose Sanchez surrendered just two hits and, after allowing a Millburn run in the third, retired the last ten batters he faced. Millburn responsed with four straight wins, including the rematch against South Vineland (the only game in the tournament not decided by one run) and a pair of wins over Hamilton Township Recreation.

The opening-round game between HTRBA and North Hunterdon was one of the most surreal in New Jersey state tournament history. HTRBA blew an 8-1 first-inning lead, but rallied from a pair of deficits to win it. The deciding runs scored in the fifth when, after a walk, three straight HTRBA hitters reached safely on bunts. Scott Brettell's bunt put two runners on with nobody out. Charlie Iancolo reached safely on his bunt, but Scott Kuhen was thrown out trying to score. Nick Adams bunted safely and plated a run -- and a second run scored on a throwing error. The game saw 24 hits, ten errors (five by each team), 20 runners left on base, and five lead changes.

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1996 New Jersey District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Randolph
D2 - Pequannock
D4 - Dumont
D17 - North Hunterdon (High Bridge)
D20 - Kittatinny

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Pequannock (District 2)
At Washington Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Dumont 9, Kittatinny 5
2 - North Hunterdon 2, Pequannock 1
3 - Randolph 10, Dumont 0 (4 innings)
4 - Pequannock d. Kittatinny (elim.)
5 - Pequannock 4, Dumont 0 (elim.)
6 - Randolph 7, North Hunterdon 4 (7 innings)
7 - North Hunterdon 10, Pequannock 0 (elim.)
8 - North Hunterdon 3, Randolph 2
9 - North Hunterdon 7, Randolph 5 (TITLE)

D5 - Lodi American
D6 - Cliffside Park
D7 - College (Jersey City)
D8 - Livingston American
D9 - Millburn-Short Hills

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Union National (District 9)
At Hall Stadium

Tournament Results:
1 - Millburn-Short Hills 8, College 3
2 - Lodi American 4, Livingston American 2
3 - Millburn-Short Hills 9, Cliffside Park 3
4 - College 10, Livingston American 0 (elim.)
5 - Millburn-Short Hills 2, Lodi American 0
6 - College d. Cliffside Park (elim.)
7 - Lodi American 5, College 3 (elim.)
8 - Millburn-Short Hills 4, Lodi American 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D10 - Woodbridge
D11 - Howell Central
D12 - HTRBA (Hamilton)
D18 - Brick National
D19 - Manalapan American

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Marlboro Township (Morganville) (District 19)
At John Hanson Memorial Field

Tournament Results:
1 - HTRBA 14, Manalapan American 0 (5 innings)
2 - Woodbridge 8, Howell Central 1
3 - HTRBA 6, Brick National 1
4 - Manalapan American 8, Howell Central 4 (elim.)
5 - Brick National 4, Manalapan American 3 (elim.)
6 - HTRBA 7, Woodbridge 6
7 - Brick National 7, Woodbridge 0 (elim.)
8 - HTRBA 8, Brick National 4 (TITLE)

D3 - South Vineland
D13 - Cherry Hill National
D14 - Haddon Heights
D15 - Pitman
D16 - Hammonton
D21 - Blackwood Kiwanis

Section 4 Tournament
Held at Multiple Sites
Championship Game Host - East Vineland (District 3)

Tournament Results:
South Vineland won the Section 4 Tournament.

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