2010 Baseball Tournament 12s
7/17/10: WWLL 12-YEAR-OLD TOURNEY TEAM WINS AND TIES IN DOUBLEHEADER
Game 1 – WW Power Surge: Bellotti, Zeoli, Huselid, Johnson Each Homer in 15-12 Victory
The 12-year-old WW Tournament team’s confidence grew Saturday as they continued their steady, sure improvement, by hammering out a 15-12 victory over the Springfield Minutemen in a Hillsborough tournament game. The team is now 1-1 in the three-game minimum tourney. WW played long ball, starting in the second inning when Jacob Bellotti belted a long round-tripper to right center. Patrick Zeoli went back-to-back with Bellotti, smacking a high-arching drive over the center-field fence, to give WW a 2-0 lead. In the fourth, the WW squad fell behind, 4-2, before rallying to tie the game behind singles by Conor MacKay and Bellotti, and a Springfield error. In the fifth, the 12s busted the game open with six more tallies. After Sarang Alladi reached on an error, Rohin Kumar smashed an RBI double to right-center. Brendan Cortez then walked and Robbie Huselid belted the game’s key shot—a long, three-run homer to center to give WW an 8-5 lead. But the 12s weren’t done. MacKay singled, Zeoli walked and both trotted home on a Springfield throwing error as WW pushed its lead to 10-5. After Springfield rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth, the WW boys pushed five more runs across in the top of the sixth on a Jack Paley single, a Sarang Alladi double, and a Cortez single. Michael Johnson’s towering homer sealed the win for West Windsor, their second 2010 postseason victory. Robbie Huselid went the distance for the winners, striking out three.
Game 2 – MacKay Excels on Mound as WW Tourney Team Ties Delaware Valley
In their second game of the day, the 12-year-old WW Tournament team rallied to tie Delaware Valley, 7-7, in a Flemington tournament game that was halted by the mandatory two-hour time limit. Conor MacKay was superb on the mound. The left-hander went the distance for the 12s, allowing 7 hits, walking just 1 and striking out 9. After falling behind 4-0, WW struck for two runs in the third, largely on excellent baserunning. Jack Paley led off the inning by getting hit with a pitch. Paley then stole second and scored when Sarang Alladi reached base on an error. The speedy Alladi stole both second and third and raced home on a wild pitch. The West Windsor boys gained the lead, 7-5, in the fourth on Michael Johnson’s line-drive solo homer off the left-field bleachers. It was Johnson’s second homer of the day and his team-leading fourth this postseason. Consecutive walks to MacKay, Jacob Bellotti, Jack Paley, and Patrick Zeoli forced in another run. Shivam Patel also walked in the inning and Alladi had an RBI single. Delaware Valley fought backwith single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings before time was called. On Sunday, the WW tournament squad faces Bridgewater in Hillsborough at noon and Hopewell at 5 p.m. in Flemington.
7/15: WW Takes Early Lead before Falling to Bridgewater
The 12-year-old WW Tournament team hasn’t lost its fight. The boys jumped out early on a hard-hitting Bridgewater team Thursday, then fell behind briefly and bounced back, before ultimately losing, 16-5. Brendan Cortez led off the game with a double to the left-center field fence. Evan Fiderer then knocked Cortez home with a single. Later in the inning, Adam Mahmood lined a base hit to left to score Fiderer. After Bridgewater came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the first, the 12s rallied with three runs in the second inning, all after two were out. Conor MacKay beat out an infield single to start the rally. Patrick Zeoli then struck out, but reached first when the catcher dropped the ball and threw wildly to first. After Shivam Kanbur walked, Jack Paley hit a slow roller that Bridgewater misplayed, allowing Kanbur to score. WW pitchers were saddled by wildness through the contest and wound up issuing 11 walks on the night. In the field, Robbie Huselid shined at shortstop and Sarang Alladi made several nice plays at third. The Tournament Team is scheduled to play 4 games this weekend: Saturday at 9 a.m. vs. the Minutemen in Hillsborough and 3 p.m. in Flemington against Delaware Valley. On Sunday, they’ll face Bridgewater in Hillsborough at noon and Hopewell at 5 p.m. in Flemington.
7/10 and 7/11: WW “12T’s” Drop a Pair Despite Some Flashes of Good Play
The 12-year-old WW Tournament team lost games in both the Hillsborough and Flemington-Raritan tournaments this weekend. Several players, however, sparkled in spite of the final scores. In Saturday’s 18-6 loss to Nottingham in Hillsborough, Jack Paley started and pitched 3 1/3 innings, twice retiring the side in order. Paley was aided by Sarang Alladi, who fielded four hard-hit grounders and turned them into outs. Shortstop Brendan Cortez and second baseman Evan Fiderer also played well behind Paley. The 12s got two runs in the first on Michael Johnson’s sac fly and an RBI ground out by Nick Kerins. Daniel Grueneberg singled home a run in the second following a single by Patrick Zeoli. Johnson followed Fiderer’s single in the third by belting his second postseason homer of the summer. Zeoli and Shivam Kanbur both singled in the fourth to account for another WW run. On Sunday in a 12-1 loss to South Brunswick, Robbie Huselid hurled 3 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five. Jacob Bellotti accounted for the lone WW run when he drilled a single off the right field fence scoring Adam Mahmood who had walked. The WW Tournament Team is scheduled to play again on Thursday against Bridgewater in Flemington, at 8 p.m. They also will play 4 games this coming weekend: Saturday at 9 a.m. vs the Minutemen in Hillsborough and 3 p.m. in Flemington against Delaware Valley. On Sunday, they’ll face Bridgewater in Hillsborough at noon and Hopewell at 5 p.m. in Flemington.
7/7: The Green-and-Gold Drops a 12-5 Decision, Moves on to Hillsborough and Flemington Tourneys
East Brunswick overcame the pitching and hitting of West Windsor’s Robbie Huselid Wednesday, besting the WW Tournament team, 12-5, in a quarterfinal game at the East Brunswick baseball complex. The Green-and-Gold struck first in the top of the second on consecutive singles by Jack Paley, Adam Mahmood and Conor MacKay. After East Brunswick tied the score in the bottom of the first, WW took the lead in the top of the third on a hustling double by Brendan Cortez, who then stole third and scored on Sarang Alladi’s RBI ground out. Meanwhile, Huselid held the hard-hitting East Brunswick squad in check, allowing just 4 hits in 4 innings of work, but he was undone by several WW errors in the third that allowed the home team to take a 6-2 lead. Huselid helped his own cause in the fourth by belting a solo homer to left-center, and WW added two more runs in the fifth on walks to MacKay and Rohin Kumar, both of whom stole bases and scored on an East Brunswick throwing error. WW received fine fielding plays from Nick Kerins in right field, Alladi at second base, and Cortez and Evan Fiderer at shortstop. The WW Tournament Team returns to action this weekend with three games. They play Nottingham on Saturday at 11:30 in the Hillsborough tournament and Hopewell Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday and East Brunswick at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Flemington-Raritan tournament.
6/30: Johnson Homers in Convincing 11-1 Victory
Everyone contributed Wednesday as the West Windsor 12-year-old Tournament team scored in every inning, bombing South Plainfield, 11-1, for their first 2010 postseason victory, in a game played at East Brunswick. Michael Johnson powered the squad to an early lead, walloping a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the first. WW then added six more runs in the second behind singles by Conor MacKay, Adam Mahmood, Jacob Bellotti, Rohin Kumar, Daniel Grueneberg, and Robbie Huselid. Other contributors included Jack Paley who singled, walked and scored a run; Nick Kerins who walked and scored twice; Evan Fiderer who walked three times; and Brendan Cortez and Sarang Alladi, both of whom reached base and scored a run. Meanwhile, Huselid threw three shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks, while striking out 4. Bellotti came on in relief and, after allowing a lead-off walk, retired the next three batters to close out the game. Patrick Zeoli caught three strong innings for the winners. The win means the WW12’s finished 1-2 in pool play in the East Brunswick Slugfest 2010. West Windsor plays its next Slugfest game on Tuesday, 7/6, or Wednesday, 7/7, in the elimination round.
6/29: The Green and Gold Squad Cannot Overcome Opponent’s 8-run First
The West Windsor 12-year-old Tournament team fell to 0-2 Tuesday night, losing 12-2 to North Brunswick, in the East Brunswick Slugfest 2010. WW fell behind early as North Brunswick tallied 8 runs on 6 hits in the bottom of the first. Thereafter, it was a close game as Conor MacKay excelled, holding North Brunswick scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In all, MacKay hurled 3 innings, with 7 strikeouts and a strike percentage of 68%. The WW 12s fought back with a pair of runs in the 4th inning when Brendan Cortez beat out an infield single and stole second. Evan Fiderer drove him home with a blistering single to left. Michael Johnson then blasted a shot to left that caromed off the very top of the fence and bounced back into play. Johnson’s rocket came within an inch of being a home run, but it set up an RBI groundout by MacKay that scored Fiderer. Other WW highlights included Adam Mahmood’s line drive single in the third and second baseman Sarang Alladi’s hustling play in the field. Alladi tracked down a single in short right and pegged the ball to Cortez at second for the out. WW’s third tournament game is Wednesday night vs. South Plainfield at East Brunswick. Depending on the outcome of that game, they will enter the elimination round on either Tuesday, 7/6, or Wednesday, 7/7.