2007 New Jersey State Little League® Tournament Results
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New Jersey State Tournament
Host - Clayton Community (District 15)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Randolph East (District 1)
Section 2 Champions Rutherford National (District 5)
Section 3 Champions Jackson Township (District 18)
Section 4 Champions South Vineland (District 3)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Randolph East 9, Rutherford National 4
Jackson Township 1, South Vineland 0

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Randolph East 1, Jackson Township 0

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Rutherford National 8, South Vineland 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Jackson Township 12, Rutherford National 1 (6 innings; elim.)

Championship Series:
Jackson Township 9, Randolph East 1
Randolph East 7, Jackson Township 2 (TITLE)


Summary:

As Randolph East Little League prepared to open play at the 2007 New Jersey state tournament, manager Dennis Anderson speculated on his team's chances.

"We have a very balanced team," said Anderson, pointing to a well-rounded arsenal that featured strong pitching, solid defense, and a productive offense.

"If our pitching and defense hold up," he added, "we'll be locked in a lot of close games where one or two plays can make a difference."

Randolph could point to specific defining moments in its first two state tournament games -- a lead-changing grand slam in the opener, and an RBI single that produced the only run in its next game. When the tournament extended to a winner-take-all meeting between Randolph East and Jackson Township Little League, Randolph's quick-start offense made the difference.

Randolph East drilled four home runs, including three to lead off innings, and defeated Jackson Township, 7-2, to win the New Jersey state tournament at Clayton Little League's field.

The win gave the town of Randolph its second New Jersey crown in seven years, and Randolph East its first-ever state title. Anderson had previously piloted Randolph West Little League to the Garden State title in 2001.

Randolph East failed to score in the first inning of the championship game, then methodically extended its lead with runs in each of the next five innings. Kevin Mahoney opened the scoring by homering on the second inning's first pitch. Jackson Township tied the game on Brandon Holup's leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning, but the District 1 champions moved in front again on Trevor Incledon's homer to open the third.

Incledon added a run-scoring single to right field in the fourth, and pitcher Kevin Delaney drilled a solo home run to open the fifth before Incledon capped Randolph's scoring with a two-run shot in the sixth.

Delaney pitched out of numerous jams as his team built its lead, and departed after scattering seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked two before Darin Sorgi closed out the win with a scoreless sixth inning.

"Kevin didn't have his great stuff, but he battled," said Anderson.

The offensive jolts were a welcome sight for Randolph, which managed just four hits in a 9-1 loss to Jackson Township in the first championship series meeting 48 hours earlier.

(In the first championship game) the kids thought their tickets were already punched for Bristol," explained Anderson. "Tonight, they came to play."

Jackson Township pitchers Keith Jennings and Eddie Guippone combined to stifle Randolph's offense in the first championship series meeting. Jennings pitched into the fourth inning, and departed after Randolph threatened with a pair of baserunners. Guippone closed out the win with 2-2/3 hitless innings.

Both pitchers also had a hand in Jackson Township's offense. Jennings slammed a long home run beyond the center field fence to open the scoring in the second, then Guippone's two-run double capped a four-run rally in the third. Tommy Abamo's two-run double opened the scoring in the inning, after Matt Thaiss and Spencer Young delivered one-out hits.

Incledon provided Randolph's offense with a solo shot in the fourth, while ninth-place hitter Taylor Reynolds and Young added homers in the sixth for Jackson Township.

"Jackson was more hungry than we were tonight," said Anderson after its team suffered its first loss in fifteen international tournament games. "We didn't have that same look or the fire in the belly. Our kids just assumed we would show up and win and go to Bristol, but reality hit them. There are no free passes to Bristol."

Randolph's fire was ever-present during the team's long march to the title game. The District 1 champions posted eight come-from-behind victories against New Jersey opponents, including a 9-4 victory over Rutherford National Little League in their state tournament opener.

The victory included a pair of turning points: one when Rutherford's first four batters reached base to open the game, but Randolph East escaped the inning trailing only 1-0, and a second when Randolph reversed a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run rally in the fourth.

Jeff Anderson opened the decisive rally with an infield single, then Delaney pulled his team to within a run by homering beyond the center field fence. One out later, Mahoney tied the game with a homer of his own. Randolph loaded the bases with a pair of hits and a hit batsman, then Incledon broke the deadlock by turning on a fastball and driving it over the scoreboard beyond the right field fence.

Rutherford National left the bases loaded in the first and third innings, and stranded a pair of baserunners in the fourth before Randolph's offense kicked into gear.

"Trevor has that sweet left-handed swing," said Jeff Anderson after the game. "When he is hitting well -- and he is -- he is one of our better hitters."

Incledon homered in three of Randolph's four state tournament games, and was 3-for-3 in the other contest.

The left-hander played a prominent role in the lone rally during Randolph East's 1-0 victory over Jackson Township in the winner's bracket final. Incledon drove a one-out double off the top of the right field fence in the fourth inning, then scored the game's only run when Delaney followed with a single.

"Trevor is as fast as anything," said Jeff Anderson. "I sent him because I knew one run could make a difference."

The solitary run proved to be the difference maker thanks to a stellar effort from Delaney, who allowed only two hits and struck out ten batters in a complete game effort. The right-hander retired eleven batters in a row from the first through fifth innings, and issued just one walk, an intentional pass with two outs and a runner on in the sixth inning that he followed with a game-ending strikeout.

"I've been doing this for fifteen years," said Jeff Anderson of Delaney's performance. "That ranks right up there (as) one of the finest pitching performances I've ever seen. He was dominating."

Young, the Jackson Township pitcher, escaped a bases-loaded jam after moving to the mound with one out in the first inning, and allowed just the single run over the remainder of the game. He quelled the first inning threat by inducing a 1-6-3 double play grounder from the first batter he faced, then scattered five hits over the remainder of the game.

Jackson Township had managed just one hit in its opening round win, but Thaiss' fourth inning home run was enough to edge South Vineland Little League, 1-0. Pitcher Jacob Harlinski surrendered only two hits and hurled a 65 pitch complete game for the winners, while his counterpart Tovie Potts turned in a ten strikeout complete game for South Vineland.

Jackson Township then reached the championship game with a 12-1 victory over Rutherford National in the elimination bracket final.

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2007 New Jersey District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Randolph East
D2 - West Milford American
D4 - Washington Township
D17 - Middlesex
D20 - Vernon

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Middlesex (District 17)
Championship Game played at Pequannock (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Vernon 12, West Milford American 2
2 - Randolph East 7, Washington Township 0
3 - Washington Township 6, West Milford American 5 (7 innings; elim.)
4 - Middlesex 6, Vernon 4
5 - Randolph East 6, Middlesex 0 (forfeit; ineligible player reverses 3-2 Middlesex win)
6 - Washington Township 5, Vernon 4 (elim.)
7 - Washington Township 6, Middlesex 0 (forfeit, Middlesex withdraws from the tournament; elim.)
8 - Randolph East 7, Washington Township 6 (TITLE)

D5 - Rutherford National
D6 - Palisades Park/Leonia
D7 - Roberto Clemente (Jersey City)
D8 - Nutley American

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Hoboken (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - Rutherford National 11, Nutley American 0 (5 innings)
2 - Palisades Park/Leonia 6, Roberto Clemente 5
3 - Rutherford National 9, Palisades Park/Leonia 3
4 - Nutley American 5, Roberto Clemente 3 (8 innings; elim.)
5 - Palisades Park/Leonia 8, Nutley American 4 (7 innings; elim.)
6 - Rutherford National 8, Palisades Park/Leonia 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D10 - Sayreville
D11 - Manasquan Brielle
D12 - Bordentown
D18 - Jackson Township
D19 - Eatontown

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Chambersburg (District 12)

Tournament Results:
1 - Jackson Township 6, Eatontown 2
2 - Bordentown 3, Sayreville 0
3 - Manasquan Brielle 4, Jackson Township 2
4 - Sayreville 6, Eatontown 2 (elim.)
5 - Jackson Township 8, Sayreville 2 (elim.)
6 - Bordentown 2, Manasquan Brielle 0
7 - Jackson Township 8, Manasquan Brielle 4 (elim.)
8 - Jackson Township 15, Bordentown 1
9 - Jackson Township 5, Bordentown 4 (TITLE)

D3 - South Vineland
D13 - Collingswood
D14 - Barrington
D15 - West Deptford Township
D16 - Linwood
D21 - Franklin Township

Section 4 Tournament
Held at Multiple Section 4 Sites
Championship Game Host - Cape May County (District 16)

Tournament Results:
1 - South Vineland 7, Collingswood 5
2 - Linwood 8, Barrington 4
3 - South Vineland 4, Franklin Township 3
4 - Linwood 15, West Deptford Township 3 (5 innings)
5 - Collingswood 4, West Deptford Township 2 (elim.)
6 - Barrington 1, Franklin Township 0 (elim.)
7 - South Vineland 8, Linwood 0
8 - Barrington 4, Collingswood 3 (elim.)
9 - Linwood 7, Barrington 3 (elim.)
10 - South Vineland 8, Linwood 1 (TITLE)




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