2008 New Jersey State Little League® Tournament Results
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New Jersey State Tournament
Host - Bergenfield (District 4)
At Hickey Field

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Pequannock (District 2)
Section 2 Champions North Bergen South (District 7)
Section 3 Champions Bordentown (District 12)
Section 4 Champions Berlin Boro (District 21)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Berlin Boro 13, North Bergen South 1 (4 innings)
Pequannock 5, Bordentown 2 (8 innings)

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Bordentown 7, North Bergen South 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Pequannock 3, Berlin Boro 0

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Bordentown 8, Berlin Boro 3 (7 innings; elim.)

Championship Series:
Bordentown 5, Pequannock 4
Bordentown 14, Pequannock 3 (4 innings; TITLE)


When Bordentown and Pequannock Little Leagues first met in the 2008 international tournament, the two teams needed extra innings to settle matters. Their second meeting? That one was decided by a run after both teams had rallied from deficits earlier in the game. The third meeting? More of the same -- until, in the blink of an eye, Bordentown flexed its muscles.

Bordentown homered three times in the third inning, erasing a one-run deficit with an emphatic eleven-run rally, and defeated Pequannock, 14-3 in four innings, in the New Jersey state championship game at Hickey Field in Bergenfield. With the win, Bordentown earned its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

Bordentown dropped their extra inning meeting with Pequannock on the tournament's opening night, then won three straight to force the tournament to a deciding game between the same two teams. Though Pequannock pulled out to an early lead, Bordentown ended any suspense with their decisive rally. The District 12 champions entered the third inning trailing 3-2, but 15 batters, nine hits and 11 runs later, they held a double-digit advantage.

Tommy Walters homered on the inning's first pitch to tie the game, and after Zack Gakeler singled, Ryan Shinn slammed a two-run homer beyond the center field fence. Cole Clauser singled to right, and then reserves Nich Callahan and Eddie Holmes also launched home runs.

Austin Papp added a sacrifice fly, then Walters added a run-scoring single and Callahan delivered a two-run single. Holmes capped the rally with a run-producing single when his turn in the batting order came around a second time.

"They just got the bats going at the right time," said Bordentown manager Pat Welsh of his team's decisive rally. "The kids stayed focused and they do what they can do. They just hit the ball. I couldn't have asked for anything else."

"It's been four years since we've seen anything like that," said Pequannock manager Dan Leva. "Sometimes a team puts it together and it's tough to stop."

Pequannock had grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Anthony Scillieri drove in the first run with a single, and then scored on a throwing error. Nick Stasiak later scored on the back end of a double-steal.

"The first inning certainly went according to plan," said Leva after the championship game. "We talked about what we needed to do and we did it. But later on, we didn't execute. Tonight just wasn't our night."

"The team was hitting like that early on, like in district play," said Welsh. We came here and played defense and had pitching to hold teams down. (Today) we actually hit the way we can hit."

Bordentown's offense was significantly less prolific in their first meeting with Pequannock, a 5-2 eight inning loss on the tournament's opening day. Bordentown landed the first blow, scoring twice thanks to two Pequannock errors in the second inning, but Stasiak and Danny Ryan responded with two-out RBI singles in the bottom of the inning.

The two teams remained deadlocked until the eighth, when Scillieri stepped to the plate with two runners aboard and two outs. The right-hander took three pitches for balls, and with the green light to swing away, drove the next pitch over the center field fence for a walk-off three-run home run that gave Pequannock the 5-2 victory.

As Pequannock's starting pitcher, Scillieri helped his team get to the extra innings, striking out seven and allowing just the two unearned runs in 5-1/3 innings of work.

The decisive blow set Bordentown and Pequannock on separate paths. Pequannock needed just one win to reach the championship round, blanking Berlin Boro Little League, 3-0. Pitcher Cole Maier needed just 79 pitches to record a two-hit shutout against a team that scored 13 runs and belted a pair of grand slam home runs in a win over North Bergen South Little League the previous day.

Maier allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, but retired ten batters in a row at one point and held Berlin Boro hitless until a leadoff double in the sixth. He also led off the game with a single, and scored one out later when Scillieri launched a two-run homer into a stand of trees beyond the center field fence. Vince Fierro then beat out an infield single, and scored from first when Danny Ryan sliced a double down the right field line on a full count pitch.

Leva felt the fast start was critical given Berlin Boro's strong showing in its opener.

"We said in warm-ups that it was important to get up on them early to show this is a different game and we're not the team they faced (the previous night)," said the Pequannock manager.

Bordentown, meanwhile, needed a pair of wins in the bottom bracket to secure a rematch with Pequannock. The District 12 champions broke away late in a 7-2 victory over North Bergen South, then piled on seven runs in the seventh inning to oust Berlin Boro, 8-3.

Bordentown and North Bergen were deadlocked 2-2 in the fourth inning when two big blows helped the eventual champions to pull away. A pair of walks sandwiched around an error loaded the bases for the top of the batting order, and Patrick Welsh put his team in front by delivering a two-run double. A walk re-loaded the bases, then Walters punched a bases-clearing double.

"The errors hurt us," said North Bergen South manager Guillermo Fernandez. "You cannot make errors, especially at this level with the quality of these teams."

Bordentown manager Pat Welsh, meanwhile, noted his team's potential schedule if it progressed through the bottom bracket, and used five different pitchers in the win to maximize his options going forward.

"When you play three, maybe four or five days in a row, you've got to do that," said the Bordentown skipper.

The next night, Bordentown scratched for a run in the top of the sixth to force extra innings, then used the big seventh inning push to subdue Berlin Boro.

Six of Bordentown's seven runs scored with two outs. Clarke Laba's three-run double and Zack Gakeler's two-run singles were the key blows in the decisive inning.

"I told them tonight we had the heart and the fire," said Pat Welsh after the win. "Finally we started hitting and it got a little contagious."

Laba, the Bordentown starter, surrendered just one run over four innings despite struggling with his control. Reliever Nick Callahan blanked Berlin Boro over the final 2-2/3 innings to earn the win.

Berlin Boro starter Shane Graham had stranded Bordentown runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, and fifth innings before the District 12 champions pushed across their run in the sixth.

The win lifted Bordentown into a rematch with Pequannock, and Bordentown evened the slate with their opening round opponent by claiming a 5-4 victory. Bordentown rallied to take the lead on three separate occasions before finally taking the lead for good on Gakeler's opposite field solo home run in the fifth.

"We showed a lot of heart (in the past two wins)," sad Pat Welsh. "This team battles back from anything. They're a tough bunch of kids."

Pequannock opened the scoring on the game's second pitch, when Maier homered well beyond the right field fence. Bordentown responded in the bottom of the inning, plating one run on Ryan Shinn's bases-loaded walk and a second on Cole Clauser's sacrifice fly.

Austin Papp's RBI double in the second extended the lead, but Scillieri soon knotted the score with the first of his two home runs.

Bordentown reclaimed the lead on a controversial play in the fourth. Austin Goeke singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Austin Chaszar then singled to center, and Goeke raced for the plate. The relay throw to atcher Joe Koetters was well-ahead of the runner, but up the line, and Goeke lept over the catcher's attempted tag to score the go-ahead run.

"Whether he tagged (Goeke) or didn't, there was still a collision," said Dan Leva, the Pequannock manager after the game. "It's the ump's call. We don't agree with that call."

"Peqannock argued that he didn't slide," said Bordentown coach Dave Revay. "But the catcher was so far up the line he really had no choice. That was a big play and gave us a 4-3 lead."

The lead was short-lived, as the ever-present Scillieri drilled a solo home run in the next inning to again bring the two teams even.

"Anthony has been doing that all year long," remarked Dan Leva. "When he's on the mound or at the bat, the kid is a threat. I'm just glad he's on my team."

Gakeler's ensuing home run forced the two teams to the deciding game, and Bordentown's big third inning rally put distance between the two teams for the first time in their three meetings. Bordentown moved on to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament, while Pequannock also could stand tall based on their efforts.

"This group won two districts, won a state championship (as eleven-year-olds), and then took second in the states," noted Dan Leva. "They have a lot to be proud of."

Bordentown reached the semifinal round at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament, before dropping a 10-0 decision to eventual champion Hagerstown Federal (Maryland) Little League.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Pequannock 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 -
Berlin Boro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -
  Championship Series Game 1
Pequannock 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 - -
Bordentown 2 1 0 1 1 0 5 - -
  Championship Series Game 2
Bordentown 0 2 11 1 14 17 -
Pequannock 3 0 0 0 3 - -

2008 New Jersey District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Randolph West
D2 - Pequannock
D4 - River Edge
D17 - Piscataway National
D20 - Sparta

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Ramsey (District 4)
At MacFarren Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Piscataway National 7, Randolph West 5
2 - Pequannock 8, Sparta 3
3 - River Edge 9, Piscataway National 2
4 - Sparta 13, Randolph West 9 (elim.)
5 - Pequannock 7, River Edge 5
6 - Piscataway National 7, Sparta 6 (elim.)
7 - River Edge 11, Piscataway National 5 (elim.)
8 - Pequannock 8, River Edge 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Hasbrouck Heights
D6 - Englewood Cliffs
D7 - North Bergen South
D8 - Nutley American

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Nutley East (District 8)

Tournament Results:
1 - Nutley American 2, Englewood Cliffs 1
2 - North Bergen South 5, Hasbrouck Heights 2
3 - Hasbrouck Heights 4, Englewood Cliffs 1 (elim.)
4 - North Bergen South 7, Nutley American 1
5 - Nutley American 2, Hasbrouck Heights 1 (elim.)
6 - Nutley American 6, North Bergen South 5
7 - North Bergen South 8, Nutley American 7 (TITLE)

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

Section 3 Tournament
Host - North Howell (District 11)

Tournament Results:
1 - Jackson Township 13, Manasquan-Brielle 4
2 - Bordentown 15, Freehold Township National 1
3 - Sayreville 3, Jackson Township 2
4 - Manasquan Brielle 3, Freehold Township National 1 (elim.)
5 - Bordentown 2, Sayreville 0
6 - Jackson Township 16, Manasquan-Brielle 2 (elim.)
7 - Jackson Township 13, Sayreville 5 (elim.)
8 - Jackson Township 5, Bordentown 0
9 - Bordentown 8, Jackson Township 5 (TITLE)

D3 - South Vineland
D13 - Cherry Hill American
D14 - Erial
D15 - Oak Valley
D16 - Linwood
D21 - Berlin Boro

Section 4 Tournament
Championship Game Host - South Vineland (District 3)
At Landis Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Erial 2, Oak Valley 1
2 - Berlin Boro 3, South Vineland 1
3 - Erial 8, Linwood 4
4 - Berlin Boro 11, Cherry Hill American 7
5 - Oak Valley 11, Cherry Hill American 8 (elim.)
6 - Linwood 9, South Vineland 6 (elim.)
7 - Berlin Boro 8, Erial 7
8 - Oak Valley 11, Linwood 9 (elim.)
9 - Erial 14, Oak Valley 11 (elim.)
10 - Berlin Boro 3, Erial 1 (TITLE)

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