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2009 Baseball District 12s

7/24/09:  Sunnybrae 11, WWLL 6 – 3rd game losers’ bracket
WWLL was eliminated from the HTRBA tournament by an 11-6 loss to Sunnybrae. The 12 year old district team ended the season with a 9-4 record overall. Zack Bacall started on the mound for WWLL and pitched 4+ innings, giving up 6 runs. Aaron Akbar and Robert Armus combined to pitch most of the 5th inning, a 6 run inning for Sunnybrae. Adam Gostomski pitched the 6th, giving up a lead off home run, but then striking out 3 batters. WWLL scored 1 in the 1st, as a Gostomski ground ball scored Bacall. Gostomski led off the 4th with a solo blast, and RBI singles by James Nabial and Robert Armus plated Austin Lindner and Matt Duplak, and tied the score 4-4 at the end of 4 innings. WWLL entered the bottom of the 6th down 11-4, but doubles by Gostomski and Lindner and a single by Akbar closed the gap to 11-6.
7/22/09:  Lawrence 8, WWLL 5 - 2nd game losers’ bracket
WWLL held on for an 8-5 win against Lawrence, which ended the game with the bases loaded and the winning run at the plate. Sean O’Brien started the game for WWLL getting tagged with a 3 run home run in the first, but then settled down to pitch 2 more scoreless innings. Josiah Foster led off the home 1st with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by O’Brien. WWLL tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd as Zack Bacall and Foster scored. James Nabial took the mound with 2 runners on in the 4th inning, held Lawrence to 1 run, then cruised through the 5th inning. The Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the 4th on consecutive singles by Austin Lindner and Aaron Akbar and a sacrifice fly by Nabial. The WWLL bats finally came alive in the bottom of the 5th scoring 4 runs on an RBI single by Christian Waters, a fielder’s choice RBI for Adam Gostomski and a 2 run homer by Sid Kumar. WWLL entered the top of the 6th up 8-4. Nabial tired a bit, giving up 2 hits and a walk, as Lawrence closed the lead to 8-5 with 2 men on base. Gostomski relieved Nabial and walked a batter. Akbar entered the save situation with the bases loaded and struck out the only batter he faced to help WWLL advance to a rematch with Sunnybrae.
7/19/09: West Windsor 13, Millstone-Roosevelt 3
West Windsor returned to winning form on Sunday by beating Millstone-Roosevelt 13-3 in game two of the HTRBA tournament. The boys in green won with a great combination of pitching by Zach Bacall, Austin Lindner, and closer Aaron Akbar who together scattered a total of 4 hits over 5 innings.   The game was tied 2-2 after 3 and then the prodigious West Windsor offense erupted for 9 runs in the 4th while batting around. West Windsor went on to score 4 more runs in the 5th and the game ended at the bottom of the inning as Millstone could not overcome the 10 run deficit. Offensive stars of the game were Aaron Akbar who hit his first home run (3 hits on the night) of tournament while batting in 5, Matt Duplak (3 hits, 1 RBI), Josiah Foster and Sean O’Brien with 2 hits and an RBI each, and Robert Armus and Austin Lindner who each had 2 hits and 2 runs scored each. West Windsor meets Lawrence Tuesday night, July 21, in their quest for the crown.

7/18/09: West Windsor 3, Sunnybrae 11
West Windsor opened play in the HTRBA tournament losing to Sunnybrae by a score of 11-3. WW jumped out to a 1-0 in the second on a Sid Kumar home run, but Sunnybrae scored 6 unanswered runs to take a 6-1 lead after 3 innings. Christian Waters scored on a Sean O’Brien RBI single in the 4th but the Sunnybrae attack continued in the bottom of the inning with them taking a commanding 9-2 lead that they would never give up. A 6th inning RBI single from Josiah Foster brought in Alex DeSanctis, however WW was unable to mount a sufficient comeback. The Green and Gold meet Millstone-Roosevelt in the losers bracket on Sunday 7/19.
7/15/09:  WWLL 5, Nottingham 15 – District Championship Game #2
WWLL completed District play as the runner up, losing to Nottingham 15-5 in the championship game Wednesday night.  WWLL jumped out to an early lead 1-0 in the top of the first inning as Alex Desanctis scored on catcher’s throwing error.  Starting pitcher Christian Waters held Nottingham in check in the 1st inning. WWLL went down in the 2nd scratching out only a single by James Nabial.  Nottingham bats exploded in the bottom of the 2nd, plating 7 runs on 7 hits. The Warriors scratched back with 3 of their own in the top of the 3rd on a solo shot by Desanctis and a 2 run blast by Adam Gostomski, ending the top of 3 down 7-4. Nottingham pushed across 3 more in the bottom of the 3rd on 2 home runs. Sean O’Brien relieved Waters to start the 4th inning, but was touched for 3 more runs as Nottingham pushed its lead to 13-4. Aaron Akbar closed out the 4th inning and pitched the 5th inning.  Josiah Foster led off the top of the 5th with a solo dinger as the home crowd anticipated another big inning comeback, which was a trademark of this team throughout the tournament. However that was not to be, as Waters and Sid Kumar singled, but were stranded to end the inning. Nottingham scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th to push the lead to 10 runs, ending the game.
The coaches and parents would like to congratulate the boys on a successful, exciting, well-played run in the district tournament. We are extremely proud of you, particularly the quality of your play, your commitment, and perhaps most importantly, the sportsmanship you displayed throughout the tournament. Thanks to Pat and Andrew for all they’ve done and good luck in the HTRBA tournament.

7/14/09:  WWLL 9, Nottingham 8 – District Championship Game #1
WWLL held off a late Nottingham charge in the district championship game #1 last night, winning 9-8, and forcing an “if necessary”, winner-take-all championship on 7/15 at 7 pm at Assist America Field. James Nabial started the game for West Windsor and made it through the 1st inning unscathed, but the Nottingham bats came alive in the top of the 2nd inning, plating 4 runs and taking a 4-0 lead. Nabial was relieved by Josiah Foster, who was the winning pitcher and effective over 4 innings, holding the visitors in check from the 3rd through the 5th innings, giving up only 1 run. WWLL’s defense supported its pitcher, cutting down a runner at home in the 4th on a well-executed relay throw from the fence, and nailing a runner trying to stretch a single into a double in the top of the 5th. The never-say-die Warriors’ posted another rally in the bottom of the 3rd inning, scoring 4 runs and tying the game 4-4 on another home run by Alex Desanctis (his 5th of the tournament), a single by Foster (who would help his own cause with 3 singles in the game) and doubles by Christian Waters and Alex Gostomski. WWLL entered the bottom of the 4th down 5-4 but refused to quit, scoring 5 runs to go up 9-5 on a 3 run bomb by Sean O’Brien and a 2 run homer by Sid Kumar (who shares the team lead with 5 home runs). WWLL took a 9-5 lead into the 6th, but Nottingham would not go down quietly, touching Foster for 3 runs in the inning to make the score 9-8 with 2 outs in the 6th. Pressure time for Austin Lindner, making his first pitching appearance in the tourney, who ran the Nottingham batter to a full count before fielding a tough come-backer, earning the save and sealing the win.
7/12/09:  West Windsor 16 Bordentown 13
The WWLL Warriors bashed their way into the the District 12 Championship Game with a stunning 16-13 come from behind win against the defending state champions Bordentown. Once again the high octane offense led the way as West Windsor hit 5 HRs and 14 hits on a day that saw offensive fireworks abound. Sid Kumar began the outburst with a first inning 3 run home run that staked West Windsor to a 4-0 lead. Bordentown quickly responded with their own show of force and stormed back to take an 11-5 lead. Sean O’Brien then lifted a solo shot which was soon followed by Alex DeSanctis’ and Austin Lindner’s 2 run blasts that brought the game to 11-10. Chris Waters later jacked a 3 run shot to run West Windsor out to a 16-11 lead. Bordentown tried to answer but it was too little too late. West Windsor now has earned a rematch with Nottingham this Tuesday July 14 at Ward Field.

7/10/09:  Notttingham 14 West Windsor 4
Nottingham powered its way to a 10 run, 4 inning win on the strength of an 8-run first inning. The Green and Gold chipped away to make a game of it, but Nottingham bats were alive. Sid Kumar paced the West Windsor offense with a home run and RBI single. The Warriors look to recapture their winning form on Sunday, July 12 against Bordentown in the loser’s bracket final.

7/7/09:  WW 9 Robbinsville 8
The Green and Gold bashed its way into the District 12 winner’s bracket final with a thrilling 9-8 victory over a powerful Robbinsville squad on Tuesday, July 7. Alex DeSanctis led the way with 2 HRs and 3 RBI none more important than his 6th  inning  lead-off, walk-off shot coming on the heals of Robbinsville’s 4 run rally in the top of the frame. Sid Kumar clubbed a 2 run shot in the 5th to stretch the lead to 8-4. Matt Duplak unloaded on a first pitch fast-ball for a 4th inning homer. Zach Bacall scored 2 runs and chipped in an important hit. Austin Lindner singled and scored. Not to be overlooked amidst all the offensive display was Chris Waters’ solid effort on the mound. Chris tossed 4 innings in which he yielded only one earned run to a team who had come into the game averaging over 13 runs per game. Aaron Akbar and Josiah Foster combined for 2 innings of relief to nail down a nail-biter. The Warriors will play in the winner’s bracket final Friday, July 10 at 8 pm against the winner of the Bordentown/Nottingham slugfest.
7/5/09:  WW 5 Allentown 2
The Green and Gold began Final Eight play with a 5-2 win over a solid Allentown team. Sean O’Brien pitched 5 strong innings while Chris Waters and Aaron Akbar teamed up in the 6th inning to snuff out Allentown’s 2 on, no out, threat. Allentown pitchers, Tommy McCarthy and Kory Golla surrendered only 5 hits, but the Warriors made them count by clubbing 3 HR. Austin Lindner and Adam Gostomski hit solo shots. Alex DeSanctis’ 2 run dinger  plated Aaron Akbar who had singled in front of him. West Windsor faces off against Robbinsville on Tuesday July 7 at 6 pm on Assist America Field.

7/3/09: WW 10 HTRBA 5
West Windsor completed District 12 pool play with a perfect 3-0 record with an impressive victory over HTRBA Friday, July 3 at Ward Field. Josiah Foster pitched 3 2/3 solid innings while Aaron Akbar and Christian Waters needed only 37 combined pitches to close out the game in dominant fashion. In all WW pitching struck out 10, walked 3 and surrendered only 3 earned runs. Josiah Foster led the offense with 2 HRs and 5 RBI while Chris Waters smacked a solo shot and Austin Lindner hit a towering 2 run homer that closed out the scoring. The West Windsor “Warriors” now advance to the “Final Eights” and will square off against Allentown, Sunday July 5 at 2pm on Assist America Field in the Ward Complex. Please come out and cheer the Warriors to victory.
West Windsor “Warriors” Team 12 year old District Team Photo and Roster:
 Alex DeSanctis #2
 Josiah Foster #12
 Christian Waters #3
 Sean O’Brien #25
 Adam Gostomski #13
 Sid Kumar #32
 James Nabial #14
 Zach Bacall #7
 Aaron Akbar #1
 Robert Armus #41
 Austin Linder #31
 Matt Duplak #10
Coaching Staff:
 Pat O’Brien – manager
 Andrew Foster – field coach
 Danny Jordan – pitching coach   

6/30/09: West Windsor 10 Princeton 0 (4 innings)
The Green and Gold followed up Monday’s win with a dominant performance on Tuesday, June 30. Sean O’Brien pitched 4 shoutout innings. Christian Waters and Sid Kumar hit home runs that drove in 3. Josiah Foster had 2 hits and 3 rbi. Matt Duplak hit a 2 rbi single while Adam Gostomski and Alex DeSanctis each drove in a run. West Windsor completes pool play on Friday July 3 with an 8pm game against HTRBA at Ward Field.
6/29/09:  West Windsor 6 Cranbury Plainsboro 5 (7 innings)
The boys 12 year old district team began play Monday, June 29 with a come from behind victory against Cranbury Plainsboro. Christian Waters and Aaron Akbar combined for 15 strikeouts while surrendering only 1 walk and 1 earned run. Alex DeSanctis, Josiah Foster, Austin Lindner, and Matt Duplak each had an RBI while Sid Kumar drove in the winning run in the 7th with a sacrifice fly.