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2010 Baseball District 10s


July 16, 2010:  West Windsor 9, Sayre Woods South 1 
In flat-out survival mode, the West Windsor 10-year old District All Star team rode the stellar starting pitching of Dylan Welch to a 9-1 victory over Sayre Woods South on Friday night in the Section 3 Tournament in Sayreville. West Windsor now faces a rematch with Marlboro, which knocked West Windsor into the Loser's Bracket via an 11-4 win on Thursday, in the Loser's Bracket Final on Saturday at 7:30pm.
 
Welch pitched beautifully in his first start of the postseason, scattering four hits in four and two-thirds innings while striking out five batters. Matthew Michibata relieved Welch in the fifth inning to get the final four outs on just eight pitches--all strikes.
 
Welch received a big assist from the West Windsor defense in the top of the second inning, when SWS scored its lone run and was threatening with a runner on second and one out. David Philbin fielded a ground ball to shortstop and, after looking the runner back to second, threw the batter out at first. When the runner took off for third base, first baseman Ryan Strype threw a bullet across the infield to third in time for Michibata to put down a tag to complete the inning-ending double play.
 
West Windsor's offense once again was not as formidable, but, as they did in its opening round 8-1 victory over SWS on Monday, the boys were able to scratch out runs through clutch hits and aggressive baserunning. West Windsor put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning on only three hits. Strype's single that drove home Blake Brown opened the scoring and, after an error on Jared Panson's two-out ground ball plated Philbin and extended the inning, Jack McNeilly delivered a clutch single to drive in Strype. A walk to Ben Goldstein was followed by an RBI line drive single by Brian Murphy and a bases-loaded walk to Brown.
 
West Windsor was silent until another two-out rally in the fourth inning. With runners on second and third, Jack Lichtenstein drove in Welch with a base hit up the middle and then Strype was able to scoot home on a wild pitch.
 
An RBI single by Brown to drive in Brennan Froio upped the margin to 8-1 in the fifth inning and Strype's sacrifice fly to deep right field that plated Murphy completed the scoring.
 
West Windsor served notice that it is not yet finished with its baseball season.
 
 
July 15, 2010:  Marlboro 11, West Windsor 4
The West Windsor 10-year old District All Star team’s 9-game winning streak came to a halt last night, as heavy-hitting Marlboro took an 11-4 victory in the Section 3 Tournament. West Windsor will now try to climb out of the Loser’s Bracket, starting with tonight’s rematch versus Sayre Woods South, who eliminated Manasquan-Brielle last night after an 8-1 loss to West Windsor on Monday.
 
West Windsor kept up the pace early, but five stranded runners in the first three innings hurt the cause. Dylan Welch’s solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning cut the Marlboro lead to 3-1. When Marlboro scratched out a run in the second inning, West Windsor rallied for two in the home half. Jared Panson led off with an infield single. Jack Lichtenstein then put down a beautiful bunt in front of the mound and the Marlboro catcher’s hurried throw sailed over the first baseman’s head into right field, allowing Panson to scoot home. Blake Brown drove home Lichtenstein with a line single into right field to get West Windsor to within 4-3.
 
However, West Windsor’s offense stalled from that point until Brown’s sixth inning RBI single plated Brian Murphy, who also had an outstanding night in center field with five putouts.
 
 
July 12, 2010:  West Windsor 8, Sayre Woods South 1 
In winning the District 12 title last week, the West Windsor 10-year old All Star team was known for its explosive offense, averaging over 10 runs per game. Well, opponents better not overlook West Windsor’s pitching and defense, as the boys shut down District 10 champion Sayre Woods South, 8-1, last night in the opening game of the Section 3 Tournament held at Sayreville Little League. West Windsor plays again on Tuesday night versus Marlboro at 8pm.
 
Ben Goldstein, Dylan Welch and Matthew Michibata combined on a three-hitter while the defense was solid in making only one meaningless error. Big Game Ben held SWS hitless for the first three innings and came out with two outs in the fourth after his pitch count hit 50 pitches to win his fifth straight game of the postseason. Welch allowed only one baserunner in his two innings pitched, while Michibata came on for the final batter to finish the game.
 
Meanwhile, West Windsor was held to only one extra base hit, a run-scoring double by Jack McNeilly down the right field linein the fourth inning, but was able to accumulate runs thanks to some generous defense by SWS and aggressive baserunning.
 
David Philbin’s first of three infield hits scored Welch to give West Windsor a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  In the third inning, West Windsor put up four runs on one hit, Philbin’s infield single to lead off the inning. After a walk to Ryan Strype, McNeilly executed a terrific bunt, which turned into a run when the SWS pitcher threw the ball away. Jared Panson followed with a grounder to shortstop and was safe on another wild throw, which also allowed Strype and McNeilly to score. Panson was then able to work all the way home thanks to wild pitches.
 
Two more SWS errors and Brennan Froio’s run-scoring line drive single helped West Windsor extend the lead to 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
 
With West Windsor’s defense in top form, there was no coming back.
 
 
July 9, 2010:  West Windsor 7, Robbinsville 6
For the past four years, West Windsor 10-year old All Star Blake Brown’s speed has been the springboard for many of the team’s successes, using his outstanding athletic ability to create havoc on the basepaths from the leadoff spot.  In as bizarre an ending as you will ever find in a Championship game, Brown raced home from third base with the winning run as Robbinsville was executing an appeal play at second base to give West Windsor a heart-stomping 7-6 victory and the District 12 10-year old Championship banner at a packed Assist America Field on Friday night.  West Windsor now advances to play in the double-elimination Section 3 Tournament in Sayreville, starting on Monday at 5:30pm against the District 10 winner.
 
West Windsor trailed, 6-5, heading into the home sixth inning, when Brian Murphy led off with a walk.  Brown’s bunt attempt was fielded by the Robbinsville pitcher, but the throw to second base to get Murphy was too high.  Dylan Welch sacrificed the two runners to second and third and Robbinsville elected to intentionally walk David Philbin to load the bases with one out.
 
Ryan Strype then sent the first pitch high into right field.  Little did anyone know that this would be the last pitch thrown in the game.  Murphy was able to race back to tag up from third and score on the sacrifice fly.  Brown also moved to third base on the throw home.  Robbinsville appealed that Murphy had left too soon and was denied.  They then figured they could try the same appeal at second base, but forgot that the ball is considered “in play” during these appeals.  Brown, who also stole home when the pitcher turned his back on him walking to the mound in the fourth inning and executed a delayed steal of home on an intentional walk in last season’s championship game against Robbinsville, needed no reminder and took off from third base on the Robbinsville pitcher’s toss to second.  Robbinsville had no chance on the return throw home to catch Brown, who was mobbed by his jubilant teammates.
 
The game was nothing like West Windsor’s 10-0 victory over Robbinsville in Wednesday’s semifinal.  No team was ever more than two runs ahead.  After Robbinsville used two hits to score a run off Philbin in the top of the first, West Windsor came right back, as Strype’s two-out bloop single scored Welch, who got on when he blasted a double over the center fielder’s head.
 
Robbinsville took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, but West Windsor had its best offensive inning in the home half.  Jared Panson doubled to the left-center field gap and Brennan Froio walked.  With two outs, Panson and pinch runner Ben Goldstein advanced one base on a wild pitch.  Murphy promptly tied the game with a double over the right fielder’s head.  Murphy then scored on Brown’s single to right field and Brown used his baserunning prowess to advance home on a wild pitch, an error, and the steal of home.
 
However, the 5-3 lead was short-lived.  Robbinsville scratched out a run in the fifth inning and looked set up for a big inning in the sixth.  Welch came on to pitch after Robbinsville tied the game on two hits sandwiching a hit batter and had the bases loaded and no one out.  Welch was able to battle the top of Robbinsville’s order to get out of the inning with only one more run allowed, striking out Robbinsville’s number three hitter to end the frame.
 
With Brown and the top of West Windsor’s order coming up, it was not enough.
 
 
 
July 7, 2010:  West Windsor 10, Robbinsville 0 
Through the first five games of the District Tournament, the West Windsor 10-year old All Stars routinely eased its way into the games before coming from behind in each one to remain undefeated heading into Wednesday night’s Winner’s Bracket semifinal against undefeated Robbinsville at Ward.
Robbinsville has now experienced first-hand the damage that is caused when West Windsor’s bats explode right out of the gate.  West Windsor needed only three at bats to defeat Robbinsville, 10-0, and claim a berth in Friday’s Championship game, scheduled for 7pm at Ward.  West Windsor plays the winner of Thursday’s Robbinsville/HTRBA game and would have a second opportunity at the District title on Saturday at 10am if necessary.
 
West Windsor went a combined 13-for-21 with three walks, batting around in both the second and third innings.  The first four of Blake Brown (two-for-three, two runs and three RBIs), Dylan Welch (three-for-three, two runs and two RBIs), David Philbin (one-for-three and an RBI) and Ryan Strype (two-for-two with a double and two RBIs) maintained the pressure on a defense that had allowed only five runs in its previous four games.
 
Welch opened the scoring in the first inning by blooping a single into center field and then hustling around the bases to score on Strype’s long double to right field.
 
More heads-up baserunning helped West Windsor tack on four more runs in the second inning.  Jared Panson led off with an infield single and took second base on a wild throw.  Jack Lichtenstein’s well placed bunt put runners on the corners and, after Lichtenstein’s steal of second, Brennan Froio delivered a clutch RBI single to score Panson.  Brown then drove in Lichtenstein and pinch runner Brian Murphy with his line drive single and, after another hit by Welch, Philbin’s infield hit drove in Brown to make the score, 5-0.  For good measure, Brown, Welch and Strype had big hits in the third inning to get West Windsor to the 10-run lead.
 
With Ben Goldstein on the mound, that was an insurmountable cushion.  Big Game Ben got key outs to get out of jams in the first two innings before retiring the final seven batters he faced.  Goldstein allowed two hits and one walk in his three and two-thirds innings to pick up his fourth win of the Tournament.  With Goldstein at the desired pitch count, Welch got the final batter to foul out to third baseman Matthew Michibata.
 
 
July 4, 2010, West Windsor 8, Nottingham 4
As far as baseball rivalries go, the West Windsor/Nottingham feud may not have the juice of Yankees versus Red Sox, but the games always have high drama and intensity.  On a blistering Sunday afternoon at Ward, the West Windsor 10-year old All Stars had a little bit more in the tank to earn an 8-4 victory and advance in the District Final Six.  West Windsor next faces Robbinsville in the Winner’s Bracket semifinals on Wednesday at 8pm at Ward.
 
David Philbin was the winning pitcher, throwing hard for 78 pitches over three and a third innings.  Philbin allowed only a first inning run on two hits while striking out 8 batters.  Philbin also hit a towering solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1.
 
West Windsor scratched out two more runs in the second after a leadoff single by Jack McNeilly was followed by a few Nottingham errors.  Jared Panson’s double plated Jack Lichtenstein and then Panson scored on Brennan Froio’s triple down the right field line.  A wild pitch scored pinch runner Brian Murphy to make the score, 6-1.
 
Panson added another RBI on a single in the fourth and then hustled around to score on McNeilly’s double that rolled to the center field wall.
 
Cole Millinger preserved the lead with two and two-thirds innings of strike-throwing.  Ahead, 8-4, in the sixth inning with two on and no one out, Millinger got the final three outs, the first on a heads-up play by McNeilly in center field, who threw out a runner at third base for a force out after an initial misplay.  Nottingham’s number three and four hitters were retired on a pop out to the mound and a hard ground ball out fielded by Ben Goldstein at second base.
 
Just another typical heart-stomping West Windsor/Nottingham baseball game.

 
 
   
July 3, 2010:  WW Beats Millstone/Roosevelt, 11-5 To Open Double Elimination Round
 
With a showdown with arch-rival Nottingham looming on the horizon, the West Windsor 10-year old All Stars took care of business in the first round of the District’s double elimination portion by dispatching a hustling Millstone/Roosevelt team, 11-5, at Ward on Saturday.  West Windsor faces Nottingham in a huge game on Sunday at 2 pm at Ward, with the victor advancing to the winner’s bracket semifinals.
 
Ryan Strype wowed the crowd again with yet another home run, his third of the Tournament, and drove in five runs.  David Philbin, whose two-run single in the second inning gave West Windsor a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish, also had two hits.
 
Ben Goldstein picked up his third victory of the postseason in a gutsy performance.  Big Game Ben gave up six hits and walked three in his four innings, but picked up crucial outs with men on base to ensure that he left West Windsor ahead, 4-3, going into the fifth inning.
 
As has been common in this Tournament, West Windsor provided the late-inning thunder to put its opponent away.  Dylan Welch led off with a triple over the right fielder’s head and, after a walk and steal by Blake Brown, Strype plated the two runners with a bloop single to right field to give West Windsor a 6-3 lead.  Jack Lichtenstein’s fielder’s choice drove home Strype and Jared Panson walked and stole around the bases to put West Windsor ahead, 8-3, heading into the bottom of the fifth.
 
Millstone chipped away with two runs to cut the deficit in half, but Welch quashed the rally with two strikeouts to end the frame.
 
But the West Windsor bats were still hot.  After another walk by Brown, Strype blasted the first pitch he saw well past the left field fence for a two-run homer.  Panson followed with a drive to right-center field for a double and, after a wild pitch, scored on a long sacrifice fly to left field by Brennan Froio.
 
Matthew Michibata closed the game with a scoreless sixth inning, getting out of a bases-loaded one-out jam by inducing the meat of the Millstone order to pop out twice.
 
It’s time to bring on Nottingham.

 
7/1:  WW Beats HTRBA, 13-6, Ends Pool Play 4-0

In a battle of the unbeatens, the WWLL 10-year-old District Team defeated HTRBA, 13-6, on Thursday night at Ward Field to complete the pool play portion of the District Tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. WW will face Millstone in the first round of the double-elimination portion on Saturday at noon at Assist America Field at Ward.

For the third game in a row, WW fell behind early but poured it on in the game’s latter stages. Thanks to four walks and few errors, WW turned a 1-0 deficit in the top of the fourth inning into an 8-1 lead and made David Philbin the winning pitcher after allowing only one unearned run on one hit in his three innings on the mound. Jack McNeilly, Dylan Welch and Philbin all had key RBI hits in the rally.
After HTRBA scratched out two runs in the bottom of the fourth, Blake Brown restored the margin by lining a shot past the HTRBA centerfielder that rolled to the wall for a two-run, inside-the-park home run. Brian Murphy and Brennan Froio had RBI singles in the top of the sixth and Cole Millinger closed out the victory by pitching the final three innings.
 
6/29:  WW Defeats Sunnybrae, 12-2

An 11-run third inning sparked the WW 10-year-old District Team to a 12-2 victory over Sunnybrae Tuesday night at Ward Field. The win clinched a berth for WW in the District’s Final 6, scheduled to commence this coming weekend at Ward.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, WW leadoff hitter Blake Brown started the rally with a single to left field after battling a two-strike count.  Brown’s speed allowed him to take advantage of three balls in the dirt and he slid home to tie the game. 

After a walk to Dylan Welch, David Philbin drove the ball into the right field corner.  Welch scored from first and Philbin raced home for an inside-the-park home run.  Ryan Strype, the next batter, left no doubt and was able to trot around the bases after watching his blast clear the center field fence to give WW a 4-1 lead.  Strype’s home run was his second of the tournament.

WW was far from finished.  Cole Millinger ripped a double down the third base line to drive in Jared Panson and then Ben Goldstein plated Millinger with a single up the middle.  Goldstein would score on another wild pitch and a walk to Brennan Froio turned the lineup over to Brown, who delivered another hit.  Welch followed with a bases-loaded walk and then Philbin drove in two more runs with a base hit to center field.  Matthew Michibata’s ground out scored Philbin for the final run of the inning.

Goldstein was the beneficiary of this attach as he went three and one-third innings to pick up his second victory of the tournament.  Goldstein allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out four batters.  Welch wrapped up the top of the fourth by getting the final two outs of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jack McNeilly, who was stellar in center field with three putouts and an assist on a force out at second base, led off with a walk.  Goldstein promptly ended the game by the 10-run rule with an RBI double deep into the outfield.
 
West Windsor plays its final pool play game on Thursday night, July 1, versus HTRBA at Ward.
 

6/26/10:  WW Wins By Forfeit

West Windsor was declared a 6-0 victor by forfeit over West End on Saturday to move to 2-0 in its pool.
 
 
6/25/10:  WW Wins 15-1 Over Allentown
 
The West Windsor Little League 10-year old District All Star team opened pool play with a resounding 15-1 victory in five innings over host Allentown on Friday night.  Ben Goldstein scattered four hits in three innings to pick up the victory while David Philbin closed the game with two no-hit frames.
 
Ryan Strype went 2-for-3 and 5 RBIs, the big blow a three-run shot over the right-centerfield fence in the fourth inning.  Dylan Welch, Jack Lichtenstein and Philbin each collected two hits.
 
Lichtenstein’s second inning single that drove in Jared Panson tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning and Strype’s two-out double in the third plated Philbin to give West Windsor the lead it would not relinquish.  Strype later scored on a wild pitch to make the score, 3-1.
 
In the fourth inning, West Windsor batted around to take control.  With two outs, Brian Murphy delivered a clutch line drive base hit to score Lichtenstein and, after a walk to Blake Brown, Welch and Philbin ripped back-to-back RBI singles to set up Strype’s blast that gave West Windsor an insurmountable 10-1 lead.
 
West Windsor put up five more runs in the fifth inning.  A few Allentown errors set the table for another clutch hit from Welch and, after a Strype sacrifice fly to deep centerfield, Matthew Michibata closed the scoring with an RBI single that drove in Philbin.
 
West Windsor faces West End at noon on Saturday in Chambersburg in its final game away from Ward.  The remaining two pool play games are scheduled for Tuesday versus Sunnybrae and Thursday versus HTRBA, both slated for 8pm starts on Assist America field.
 
July 3, 2010:  WW Beats Millstone/Roosevelt, 11-5 To Open Double Elimination Round
 
Through the first five games of the District Tournament, the West Windsor 10-year old All Stars routinely eased its way into the games before coming from behind in each one to remain undefeated heading into Wednesday night’s Winner’s Bracket semifinal against undefeated Robbinsville at Ward.
 
Robbinsville has now experienced first-hand the damage that is caused when West Windsor’s bats explode right out of the gate.  West Windsor needed only three at bats to defeat Robbinsville, 10-0, and claim a berth in Friday’s Championship game, scheduled for 7pm at Ward.  West Windsor plays the winner of Thursday’s Robbinsville/HTRBA game and would have a second opportunity at the District title on Saturday at 10am if necessary.
 
West Windsor went a combined 13-for-21 with three walks, batting around in both the second and third innings.  The first four of Blake Brown (two-for-three, two runs and three RBIs), Dylan Welch (three-for-three, two runs and two RBIs), David Philbin (one-for-three and an RBI) and Ryan Strype (two-for-two with a double and two RBIs) maintained the pressure on a defense that had allowed only five runs in its previous four games.
 
Welch opened the scoring in the first inning by blooping a single into center field and then hustling around the bases to score on Strype’s long double to right field.
 
More heads-up baserunning helped West Windsor tack on four more runs in the second inning.  Jared Panson led off with an infield single and took second base on a wild throw.  Jack Lichtenstein’s well placed bunt put runners on the corners and, after Lichtenstein’s steal of second, Brennan Froio delivered a clutch RBI single to score Panson.  Brown then drove in Lichtenstein and pinch runner Brian Murphy with his line drive single and, after another hit by Welch, Philbin’s infield hit drove in Brown to make the score, 5-0.  For good measure, Brown, Welch and Strype had big hits in the third inning to get West Windsor to the 10-run lead.
 
With Ben Goldstein on the mound, that was an insurmountable cushion.  Big Game Ben got key outs to get out of jams in the first two innings before retiring the final seven batters he faced.  Goldstein allowed two hits and one walk in his three and two-thirds innings to pick up his fourth win of the Tournament.  With Goldstein at the desired pitch count, Welch got the final batter to foul out to third baseman Matthew Michibata.