The West Windsor 10/11 District all-stars brought home the championship of the late District 12 tournament hosted by West End Little League of Trenton. In the final game, the “Woodpeckers” (so dubbed by the West End field announcer) defeated Bordentown 7-6.
West Windsor jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Ross Chapman drew a one-out walk and after an infield single from Aaron Akbar and a double-steal, Chapman and Akbar both scored on Sidd Kumar’s shot off the center field wall, which was hit so hard that Kumar had to settle for a 2-RBI single. Despite loading the bases later in the inning, the Green and Gold were held at 2 runs. Bordentown struck back for 1 in the bottom of the first, but starter James Nabial worked out of trouble and delivered a 2-1 lead going to the second. In the top of the second West Windsor exploded for five runs to take a 7-1 lead. RBIs from Zack Bacall, Sidd Kumar, Matt Duplak, and Justin Kertes keyed the big inning, which was aided by two Bordentown errors.
From there the pitching and defense went to work. Excellent defensive plays from Zack Bacall, Adam Gostomski, Matt Duplak, and John Davis snuffed out Bordentown threats. James Nabial worked through four innings, allowing 4 runs, then turned the game over to Aaron Akbar, who finished the game. West Windsor had three runs erased on close plays in the field, but despite the adversity still held a 7-4 lead going to the bottom of the sixth. After an infield single and a double, followed by a throwing error plated two runs, Akbar was able to induce a bouncer back to the mound with the tying run on first base for the final out.
The 11D team played a total of ten tournament games this summer, finishing with a record of 6-4, with a 5-1 record in the West End tournament. Congratulations to all the boys!
Bottom Row: LtoR - Ross Chapman, Vishnu Kaimal, Robert Armus, Zachary Bacall, Justin Kertes, John Davis lll
Standing: LtoR - Aaron Akbar, James Nabial, Sidd Kumar, Austin Lindner, Adam Gostomski, Matt Duplak
Manager: Kevin Chapman , Coaches Randy Kertes and Frank Duplak
Below: Proud and happy parents!
Below: Go Woodpeckers!!
Below: Here’s another team photo.
Back Row (left to right): Kevin Chapman (manager), Sidd Kumar, Adam Gostomski, John Lappetito, Aaron Akbar, Frank Duplak (coach), Austin Lindner, Rob Armus, Matt Duplak, Randy Kertes (coach)
Front Row: Justin Kertes, James Nabial, John Davis, Ross Chapman, Vishnu Kaimal, and Zack Bacall
August 3, 2008
The West Windsor 11D All-Stars came from behind to defeat Sunnybrea in the semi-finals of the late district tournament at West End in Trenton on Sunday. The “Woodpeckers” (as we are now know at West End, courtesy of the DJ/PA Announcer at the field) fell behind 5-0 after the top of the second inning, but fought back to take the lead by the end of the third. Aaron Akbar started the first rally with an infield single, followed by a double off the wall by Adam Gostomski. Both boys scored on ground outs by Rob Armus and James Nabial, as West Windsor made productive outs. In the third, sloppy Sunnybrea defense allowed the first two runners to reach base on errors. After a sacrifice fly from Sidd Kumar made the score 5-3, Matt Duplak doubled into the gap to score the fourth West Windsor run. Matt scored on a single from Zack Bacall, and Zack later scored on a bawes loaded walk drawn by James Nabial that put West Windsor ahead 6-5.
From that point, Rob Armus shut down the Sunnybrea offense, as he hurled a complete game victory, allowing only three singles and one walk over the final three innings of the game once the Woodpeckers had grabbed the lead. West Windsor added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, both scored on bases loaded walks by the Sunnybrea pitchers, drawn by Vishnu Kaimal and Justin Kertes.
The game featured outstanding defensive plays by Sidd Kumar, James Nabial, Matt Duplak, Austin Lindner, and Adam Gostomski.
The boys will play Bordentown for the tournament championship on Tuesday night, August 5 at 7:00 pm at West End.
Congratulations to all the boys on a great tournament: Aaron Akbar, Robert Armus, Zack Bacall, Ross Chapman, John Davis, Matt Duplak, Adam Gostomski, Vishnu Kaimal, Justin Kertes, Sidd Kumar, John Lappetito, Austin Lindner, and James Nabial.
August 2, 2008
The West Windsor 11D All-Stars rode the brilliant pitching of James Nabial to a 9-4 victory over Millstone-Roosevelt in the quarter-finals of the late West End tournament on Saturday. The “Woodpeckers” fell behind 2-0 in the first inning before a one hour rain delay, but limited the damage and then scored four runs in the top of the second, keyed by RBI singles from Justin Kertes, Austin Lindner, and Matt Duplak. Millstone tied it up in the bottom of the second, but the damage was contained as the Green and Gold turned a brilliant 1-2-5 double play with the bases loaded to end the inning and the Millstone threat. After that, Nabial settled in and retired the side in order in the third and fourth innings. The Woodpeckers scratched out two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. James Nabial drew a walk, then Adam Gostomski ripped a double to put runners on second and third with none out. Robert Armus, who was 4-for-4 on the day, singled to drive in one, then Aaron Akbar grounded out to score the second run. After Nabial held Millstone in check in the bottom half of the fifth, West Windsor scored three more runs in the top of the sixth to open up the lead. After Sidd Kumar drew a walk (his third of the day), he was pinch-run for by Ross Chapman, who advanced on a walk to Matt Duplak and the scored on consecutive wild pitches. Robert Armus followed with a run-scoring single and then John Davis ripped an RBI double to finish up the scoring.
Nabial, who was nearing his maximum pitch count, fell behind the first batter in the bottom of the sixth, but came back to strike him out, then struck out the next man and induced a game-ending ground out to finish up the complete game victory.
West Windsor will next play Sunnybrea in the tournament semi-finals on Sunday at West End at noon.
July 29, 2008 The West Windsor 11-year-old district all-stars finished pool play in the West End tournament with a mercy-rule victory over Ewing by the final score of 20-6 in four innings on Tuesday night, July 29. The “Woodpeckers” (as dubbed by the West End public address announcer) started the game as the visiting team by scoring 14 runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double and a two run single from Sidd Kumar, who went 4-for-4 in the game with 6 RBI. Matt Duplak, Adam Gostomski, and Justin Kertes also had RBI hits in the moster first inning, while Vishnu Kaimal and James Nabial each reached base twice and scored two runs apiece. From there, the Woodpeckers cruised to a 20-1 lead, including an RBI hit from Austin Lindner, who went 2-for-2 off the bench. The Green and Gold used seven different pitchers in the game, as Justin Kertes, Austin Lindner, James Nabial (who escaped a bases loaded jam without allowing a run in the second inning), John Davis, Sidd Kumar, Aaron Akbar, and Zack Bacall hurled West Windsor to the easy victory. West Windsor finishes pool play with a 2-1 record, having outscored their opponents by a total score of 45-17. The Woodpeckers advance now to the quarter-finals on Saturday, August 2 as either the #3 or #4 seed.
===== July 26, 2008 The West Windsor 11D team battled district rival Cranbury-Plainsboro on Saturday, July 26 in the second pool play game in the West End tournament in Trenton. C-P’s ace pitcher was tough on our boys, striking out 11 batters in 4 innings and giving up just one run on two consecutive hits by Sidd Kumar and Matt Duplak. Meanwhile, the C-P hitters scratched out two first inning runs off WW starter Rob Armus, then struck for three more in the third and three in the fourth to build an 8-1 lead. But the Green and Gold (who have been nick-named the “woodpeckers” by the PA announcer at West End field) pecked away at the lead after the C-P starter was removed after reaching his pitch maximum after four innings. The big fifth inning rally started after Zack Bacall shut down C-P in the top of the frame. Vishnu Kaimal reached on a single, and was followed on the bases by Justin Kertes, who also singled. Austin Linder brought home one run with a base hit, and then Sidd Kumar knocked in another with a smoked line drive single. Matt Duplak kept the hit parade moving with another hard single, and then James Nabial laced a double to the right-center wall chasing home two more runs and cutting the lead to 8-6. Rob Armus singled, and an error by the defense allowed the seventh WW run to score. Armus was advanced to third base on a ground out by Adam Gostomski, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 8-8. C-P pushed across one run in the top of the sixth to retake the lead. In the bottom of the inning, Kaimal worked a base on balls. After a fielder’s choice put Justin Kertes on first, he advanced to second on a wild pitch and was in scoring position with one out. The next two WW hitters both hit hard line drives that were caught by the C-P shortstop to end the game. The “woodpeckers” showed great resolve and heart coming from 7 runs down, and despite falling short in the end, it was a terrific game by the WW boys. The team finishes up pool play in the tournament on Tuesday night, July 29 against Ewing. ===== July 25, 2008
The West Windsor 11-Year-Old District team opened play in the late tournament against host team West End in Trenton on Friday night, July 25 with a convincing 16-2 victory. West Windsor pitchers Aaron Akbar, James Nabial, Ross Chapman, and Justin Kertes held West End to just two hits for the game, allowing one earned run while striking out a combined ten batters.
Hitting stars for the green and gold were Justin Kertes (2-RBI triple), Adam Gostomski (2-RBI double), Matt Duplak (2 hits, 2 runs) and John Lappetito (3 RBI) as West Windsor totaled 14 hits on the night.
The team continues pool play on Saturday, July 26 against Cranbury-Plainsboro at 12:00 noon.
The WWLL 11-year-old district all-stars begin play in the late District 12 tournament on Friday, July 25 at 6:00 PM vs. host team West End. The team plays pool play games on Saturday, July 26 at 12:00 noon vs. Cranbury-Plainsboro and on Tuesday, July 29 vs. Ewing. Quarter-finals in the West End tournament are on Saturday, Aug. 2. All games are at West End LL field in Trenton.
July 9, 2008
West Windsor’s bats woke up in a big way at Moody Park in Ewing in the team’s final pool play game in the district tournament on Wednesday. The green and gold walloped the host Ewing team 18-8 in five innings. West Windsor jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning on RBI hits from Austin Lindner and Sidd Kumar, then came back with six more runs in the second inning, keyed by two-out RBI hits from James Nabial, Rob Armus, John Davis, and finally John Lappetito. From there, West Windsor cruised to victory, pounding out 16 hits on the night. Justin Kertes had three RBI in the third and fourth inning as West Windsor padded the lead after Ewing crept back to within five runs. Austin Lindner ended the night 4-for-5 and Sidd Kuman (who is hitting over .800 for the tournament) went 2-for-2.
Rob Armus started for West Windsor on the mound, allowing two runs in the first inning before giving way to Austin Lindner (3 runs allowed) and Matt Duplak (3 runs allowed). When Ewing was starting to make a game of it in the bottom of the third, Aaron Akbar came in with the bases loaded and two outs and recorded the final out of the inning to escape the jam. Aaron also pitched a scoreless fourth inning. Zack Bacall finished up with a scoreless fifth to nail down the mercy rule ending.
After a tough 2-run loss to Millstone-Roosevelt and then another tough extra-inning loss to Bordentown, West Windsor finishes pool play 1-3 and will not advance to the next round of the district tournament. West Windsor will be playing in the late July tournament at West End later this month. If the Ewing offensive explosion is a harbinger of things to come, this team should do well in the second tournament.
July 8, 2008
The West Windsor 11-year-old all-stars played a powerful and undefeated Bordentown team to a draw for six innings, but ultimately fell in seven in a game highlighted by stellar defense on both sides. West Windsor had a hit in all but one inning, but could only manage to push across 4 runs on ten total hits against strong Bordentown pitchers and excellent B-town defense. Vishnu Kaimal got the Green and Gold going with an infield hit in the bottom of the first inning. After Justin Kertes drew a walk, Kaimal was knocked home on a single by Sidd Kumar. But, West Windsor left two of its ten total men on base when the inning ended, with WW down 2-1. James Nabial gave WW four strong innings on the mound, striking out 4 while walking only 2. WW tied it up at 2-2 with a run in the second when John Davis drew a two out walk and was pushed around the bases thanks to a rare Bordentown error and a hustle infield single by Justin Kertes.
Bordentown stretched the lead to 4-2 in the third inning, but fine defense by Rob Armus and Sidd Kumar prevented any further damage. After Aaron Akbar relieved Nabial and threw a scoreless top of the fifth, West Windsor had its chance in the bottom of the frame. Matt Duplak and Sidd Kumar lead off with consecutive singles, followed by an RBI single from Rob Armus that made the score 4-3 and put runners on second and third with none out. An infield ground out by Austin Lindner scored the tying run, but with the go-ahead run on third base with one out, the Bordentown pitcher was able to wiggle out of the jam, leaving the game tied 4-4. After Justin Kertes pitched a scoreless top of the sixth, West Windsor had a chance to win the game in regulation, but could not score. In the top of the seventh inning, Kertes struck out the first batter, but then ran into some tough luck as Bordentown loaded the bases, then scored three runs on a single and a sacrifice fly. Then, after a fielder’s choice and another single, the eighth place hitter in the Bordentown lineup demonstrated why this team is a powerhouse, launching a home run over the center field fence to give Bordentown seven runs in the inning, and an 11-4 victory in seven innings.
West Windsor’s all-stars finish up pool play in the district tournament Wednesday, July 9 with an 8:00 p.m. game at Ewing.
July 6, 2008
On Sunday, July 6, the West Windsor 11-year-old all-stars lost a close contest at Millstone-Roosevelt by a final of 5-3. Robert Armus pitched 5 and 2/3 innings for the Green and Gold, taking the tough loss. The boys from Millstone scrateched out two runs in the top of the first, but the home team West Windsor came right back with two in the bottom of the inning. Sidd Kumar’s two-out double plated Vishnu Kaimal, who had singled to lead off the game. Robby Armus and Austin Lindner followed with two –out hits of their own, with Lindner’s single scoring Kumar. But, the boys left runners on second and third when the inning ended. After that, the game settled into a pitcher’s dual between Armus and Millstone ace Chris Sandford. Armus shut down Millstone through the fourth inning with only two more hits on an efficient 51 pitches. But, the West Windsor bats were Stifled by the tall right hander Sandford, who allowed only one more hit before he was removed with two outs in the fifth when he reached his pitch maximum. Meanwhile, Millstone pushed across two more runs in the top of the fifth on four hits to take a 4-2 lead, then managed one more run in the top of the sixth. West Windsor’s last hope was sparked by Aaron Akbar’s one-out triple in the sixth, but a controversial call on a foul ball and two very nice defensive plays by Millstone snuffed out the rally with only one run across. The West Windsor boys played a solid defensive game, committing only one error (which did not figure in the scoring) while Armus and Nabial finished the game with zero bases on balls. It was a well-played game on both sides, but the Green and Gold came up just short.
The team’s next game in pool play is Tuesday, July 8th at home at Ward Field against 2-0 Bordentown. Game time is 8:00. Please come out and cheer on your all-stars.
July 5, 2008
The West Windsor 11-year-old all-stars began pool play with an 11-3 loss at the hands of Nottingham on Saturday, July 5. The game was played at Ward field after the overnight rain left Bordentown’s fields unplayable. After the Green and Gold went down in order in the top of the first, the Nottingham boys put up 7 runs in the bottom of the first, aided by three walks and one error. After that, the West Windsor squad got stingy on defense. Starting Pitcher Aaron Akbar allowed one unearned run in the second, and then Ross Chapman came in to shut down Nottingham without another run for the next two frames. The score remained 8-0 until West Windsor pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth, sparked by Vishnu Kaimal’s one-out double driving home James Nabial. Zack Bacall also scored on a throwing error, cutting the Nottingham lead to 8-2. Nottingham responded with three runs (two earned) in the bottom of the frame to push the lead back to nine runs at 11-2. The West Windsor squad scored one more in the sixth inning on a double by Sidd Kumar and a single from Austin Lindner, but left runners on first and third when the game ended.
West Windsor continues pool play tomorrow (Sunday) with a 2:00 game at Millstone-Roosevelt.
July 3, 2008
The WW 10/11 District team begins pool play in the District 12 tournament on Saturday July 5 with a game against arch-rival Nottinghamat 10:00 a.m.at the field in Bordentown. The West Windsorsquad is composed entirely of 11-year-old boys and features some big bats that should score plenty of runs. Please come out to the field in Bordentown (off of Rt. 130 south of the Hamilton Square shopping center – see District 12 web site for directions) to support the 11-year-old team on Saturday.