The West Windsor 10-year-old Tournament All-Stars played 3 games back-to-back in the Hillsborough Summer Blast Tournament July 17, 18, 19th and ended pool play with a record of 1 win, 1 loss and 1 tie. This earned the team 4th place in the division and advanced them into the semifinals with a rematch game against Randolph scheduled for this Saturday, July 26 at 11:45 AM. The heat and humidity index made it feel close to 100 degrees all weekend, but the WW boys kept their cool and improved their play throughout the tournament.
The Friday night game against Bridgewater was a loss to a very good team that hit the ball well, denied us hits by making some impressive diving defensive plays and committed almost no errors. Despite being down big to Bridgewater early, WW kept fighting and improved defensively through the game behind the pitching of Luke Balestieri, Robbie Huselid, and Connor MacKay. WW also rallied to score 8 runs in the final two innings. Sam, Evan, Robbie, Harry, Matt and David all recorded hits in the game. This was a tough loss to a very good team.
Saturday morning West Windsor took a 2-0 lead early against Randolph led by the strong pitching and defensive play of Brendan Cortez who went 4 innings and gave up only 6 hits and 3 runs. The WW defense also featured solid fielding by Sam Alter at second, Luke Balestrieri behind the plate, Connor MacKay at first, Harry Dunham at third, and an excellent diving catch by Drew Panson on a line drive to the outfield. WW scored two runs in the 1st with walks by the first two batters, and a nice double by Robbie Huselid to score Aaron Dean. Evan Fiderer stole home. The rest of the WW scoring came in the 4th inning with Brendan leading off with a line drive single to left, Connor advancing him to third with a big hit to left. Luke was hit by a pitch and took one for the team. Matt Kenney singled to center scoring a run, and Michael Johnson walked to score another. Harry’s single to center scored another run, as did a walk by David Niciforo. Aaron pounded out a double to right, scoring two runs, and Robbie’s hit to right also scored two runs. Brendan’s sharp hit to outfield scored 1 more—making it an impressive 9-run inning for the WW All-Stars. However, the Randolph All-Stars also rallied and scored 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to tie the game 11-11.
Sunday afternoon West Windsor scored a big win over Somerville 27-6 in a game where everyone hit, scored runs, and played fine defense. WW scored 6 in the top of the first inning with lead-off hitter Aaron Dean drawing a walk and Evan Fiderer hitting a single to left to score the first run. Robbie Huselid hit a big triple which scored the second run. Drew Panson took first after he was hit by a pitch and later stole home. Then Brendan Cortez hit a single up the middle to score the runner from third. With one out, Conner MacKay placed a line drive into left moving Brendan to third. From there Brendan stole home on a passed ball and Connor advanced to also score on a steal for the 6th run.
In the second inning Harry Dunham and David Niciforo walked, then Aaron slammed a big triple to center field to bring them both home. Aaron then stole home. Robbie got a single, stole second and Drew’s hit to left center – a double – brought Robbie home. Brendan’s single to left scored Drew. Sam Alter walked and stole second and Connor’s single brought him home. Seven runs had scored but we were still not finished with the inning. Luke Balestrieri singled sharply past the shortstop, stole second, and Mike Johnson walked to load the bases. Harry hit a sharp grounder up the center but it was fielded by the shortstop who tossed to second for the third out on a fielder’s choice.
Having lost our lead to tie in the previous day’s game, the All-Stars kept the pressure on despite a big lead. In the third inning WW scored 14 runs, taking advantage of 7 walks and running the bases at will. Focusing just on hits, David Niciforo started it off with a big triple to the fence in left. Drew hit a nice single with runners on to score 2, and Luke’s line drive single into left center scored some more. Matt Kenney hit a single to right to earn an a big RBI, and Michael also singled past the shortstop to score a run. Aaron hit a double to score 2 more, Robbie’s well placed double scored another 2 runs, and Brendan’s single scored our final 2 runs of the game.
Defensively in the game, starting pitcher Sam Alter and reliever Matt Kenney pitched strongly for WW and made nice plays. Sam was involved in two of the outs in the first inning-- fielding a ground ball for an out at first, then throwing out a runner at home with a toss to our catcher Brendan. Luke to Evan at first base accounted for the 3rd out. Matt recorded two strikeouts in the second inning, 1 in the third, and made an impressive play to first to record the final out. WW gave up 3 runs in the first, 2 in the second, and held Somerville to just one run in the third and final inning. The margin of victory was crucial in allowing WW to advance in the tournament.
Good luck against Randolph this Saturday, July 26 in the semi-final. Go WW10 All-Stars!
East Brunswick Tournament
Sat. July 12, 2008
The West Windsor 10-year old All-Stars dropped a hard fought game to East Brunswick 13-9 on a beautiful Saturday morning. All of the boys made valuable contributions to the effort.
As the visiting team WW led off in the first with excellent hard-hit singles by Aaron Dean & Evan Fiderer. After a walk by Robbie Huselid, the bases were loaded and Brendan Cortez came to the plate. Brendan’s impressive single earned him 2 RBIs! A walk by Luke Balestrieri kept the inning alive but he and Robbie did not score in the first.
In the second inning, walks by Harry Dunham, Aaron & Evan again loaded the bases. Robbie was up and hit a beautiful shot to the outfield that scored 3 runs!
WW starting pitcher was Sam Alter and he was capably caught by Luke Balestrieri. Sam pitched with good velocity and accuracy for two solid innings and although EB scored some runs, we made some nice defensive plays. In the second inning, Aaron fielded a sharp shot to shortstop and rifled the throw to first baseman Matt Kenney for the first out. From his position on third, Harry stayed with another hot ground ball, knocking it down and keeping it in front of him and making the throw for the second out. Sam struck out the batter to end the second inning.
The third and fourth innings were less productive for WW in terms of runs scored, but we saw some good hits and good baserunning. Matt Kenney got the team started in the 4th with a hard-hit single and Aaron’s single moved Matt to 3rd.
With a tight game going, Evan came in and pitched very well for us in the 3rd and 4th innings, backed up by solid catching from Brendan. The third was an outstanding defensive inning. WW allowed only 3 batters in the third inning and gave up no runs. Evan got the first out of the inning on a strike out. Then after a walk, quick throws from Brendan to Evan to Robbie produced the 2nd out on a nice tag play at second base by Robbie on the attempted steal.
Aaron calmly caught a pop fly in the outfield to end the third inning. Similarly, in the 4th Evan struck out two batters and Robbie caught a fly ball in the outfield. David Niciforo also showed some great defense at third base, both in fielding sharply hit balls and on a close pickoff attempt of a runner between home and third.
The WW All-Stars scored some runs on good aggressive offense in the 5th inning. Robbie started it off with a walk and Drew Panson hit a nice single to get aboard and advance the runner. Brendan then blasted the ball up the middle for a single and another RBI! Sam laid down a nice bunt allowing Drew to score on the squeeze play. Then Brendan stole home for another run. Conor MacKay came to the plate with the bases empty and hit a big double to left field and then stole 3rd with some aggressive base running. Harry was hit by a pitch to get on base and stole second before being stranded.
In the 5th inning Aaron Dean came in as our closing pitcher and did an awesome job. With Conor MacKay catching and the game on the line the defense stiffened and held the East Brunswick team scoreless. It was another 1-2-3 inning.
In the 6th and final inning, Aaron got on with a walk and Evan hit a nice single but the WW green team did not get the breaks and was unable to score. Although WW was unable to rally for the victory in the final inning, it was a close, well-played game, and the sportsmanship and effort demonstrated by every player made us all very proud! The next game for the 10-Year-Old Tournament Team is Friday, July 18 in Hillsborough