An Entire Community is Proud and Congratulates the Toms River East Americans on their season!
Okay so they may be the second best team in the State, but here in TR they are number one. For a while they will hang up their gloves and cleats and head back to the beach, the boardwalk and just hang out for the rest of the summer. For this group of talented young boys it will be a summer that they will remember for the rest of their lives. One that will always be a memory. Just remember not too far in the future you will be seeing the names of these boys in the high school box scores as they become young men and maybe even bigger & better things to come. This was a team that showed poise as a group...they were cool under pressure but were also very gritty. One example was Colin Mackle, a member of the twelve player roster who did not play due to an injury. During the tournament on a medical visit the day of a big game, Colin was told by the Doc, if I give you the pain shot you will not be able to be with the team...Colin said forget it Doc, I'm going to the game....just lets get this done. Interesting. Usually the apple does not fall far from the tree, so with that being said we must commend the parents and coaches for running these kids to practices and games all season long and the everyday grind like Major League Players during this tournament.
Here are your "Beach Bombers" ...The Toms River East Americans - District 18 Champions, Section 3 Champions:
July 29th UPDATE: Toms River East Americans drop State finals to East Greenwich 4-2 in a hard fought battle. Good Luck to East Greenwich representing New Jersey!
July 28th UPDATE: POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN Toms River East Americans vs East Greenwich 5PM
July 27th UPDATE: Toms River East Americans stay alive defeating East Nutley by a score of 7-4. Nutley East grabbed the lead 1-0 in the top of the first but that did not last long as in the bottom of the inning Nick Silvia singled and Michael Wardell got a hit to bring him in to tie it up. Catcher Gabe Driscoll then doubled to left field scoring Wardell to give Toms River a 2-1 lead that they never relinquished. In the third inning the Beach Bombers struck hard with Wardell hitting a shot over the center field fence with Silvia on base, putting TR up 4-1. Nutley East came back in the fifth making it 4-3. .....This is where theatrics begin and a TR player could have been arrested for outright theft. Nutley was about to take the lead but Toms River center fielder Jonny Munson had another idea.... stealing a home run with a runner on third, which would have put Nutley up.
Danny Clemente started the game for Toms River allowing only one run on one hit, walked one and struck out two in 2 2⁄3 innings. Wardell finished it out and allowing three runs on four hits, zero walks and struck out eight including the final two batters of the game capping a huge night for this young man.
July 26th UPDATE: Toms River East Americans lost their first game in State play against East Greenwich by a score of 14-4 and will now have to win out....stay tuned. Toms River East American's Gabe Driscoll finished the night 3-3 with two RBI and one run scored, Maximus Rivas went 1-for-2 with two RBI and Wardell had one RBI. TR will now face East Nutley who eliminated Wayne National from the tournament tonight 14-1.
Quick Note: Toms River's six game winning streak was broke
July 25th UPDATE: Just like so many times before these gritty kids from Toms River decided to just not give up! After jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead after a pair of walks and back-to-back RBI singles by Gabe Driscoll and Matt Hartshorn the Toms River East Americans were down 4-2 against Wayne at the end of five innings of the opening round of State competition.
TR fought hard and tied it up at four apiece in the top of the sixth inning on a two run single by Jonny Munson. Then it really heated up on the coldest night of play this summer and going into extra innings Nick Silvia scorched a single to start it off, then like Samson who was granted supernatural strength in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats... Dougie Pombo hit a monster two-run homer to put TR up 6-4 in the seventh. TR then added two more for insurance after Hartshorn singled in a run and Maximus Revis walked with the bases loaded. Excellent pitching by Danny Clemente and Dougie Pombo over the first six innings while Michael Wardell took care of the Wayne batters in the bottom of the seventh inning to finish with an 8-4 victory.
Quick Note: Pombo's homer was the 25th for the Toms River East Americans since the tournament began. Watch out for these Beach Bombers!
Toms River East American vs Section 1 Champion Wayne National at 5:30PM Thursday at Wallington Little League in the opening round of State play
July 20th UPDATE: Toms River Crowned Section 3 Champions
Well in Major League Baseball the New York Yankees are known as the Bronx Bombers but right here at The Jersey Shore the NEW representatives for the State's Little League Section 3 are being referred to as the "Beach Bombers". Powerful bats and solid defense have propelled this young group of boys who hail from one of the most devastated Super-Storm Sandy areas and where many of the league's families have been affected over the past nine months. It was just a short while ago that the league had converted their field house to a center of hope for the many families that were in need after Sandy took it's toll. Truck loads of aid poured in and the parents and kids together worked to distribute to the ones who needed it. Even former league player and current Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was there to help. So tonight... hard work, perseverance, quality coaching and playing endured and the gloves were off right to the end.
In a knock-down drag 'em out fight the Toms River East Americans defeated Nottingham for the second night in a row in Spring Lake Heights for the Section 3 Championship by a score of 5-4. Facing elimination one more time being down 4-3 in the fifth, Matt Hartshorn banged out a single and moved to third on an errant throw scoring Mark Murtha all the way from first base. Jonny Munson then hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Hartshorn from third to put TR up for good. Gabe Driscoll pitched two scoreless innings to start the game while Michael Wardell scattered four runs over four innings and struck out two of three final batters including the last out.
Quick Note: This was the first game since the tournament began that the Toms River East Americans did not have a home run.
Stay tuned for score updates right here as the "Beach Bombers" will now compete in the State Tournament involving the top four teams in the State with the winner moving on to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Bristol Connecticut
July 19th UPDATE: Toms River East over Nottingham 15-13 FINAL . What a game as TRELL sent up eighteen (18) batters with twelve crossing home plate in the fifth inning. Pacing TR with his mighty bat was Dougie Pombo who had a 3-4, two home run and five rbi night. This team has faced elimination multiple times in this tournament but with a lineup that is hotter than the heat wave we have been experiencing at the Jersey Shore it seems like the only ones sweating are the TR boy's families and their opponents. "It was like a Hollywood Movie watching these kids come back in the fifth." stated Dave Murtha, President of TRELL. With the late game comeback the "Beach Bombers" avoided losing to the mercy rule and stayed alive in this roller coaster of a ride. Next game July 20 ....to be continued
July 18th UPDATE: Toms River East over South Wall 19-5 . These Boys Of Summer unloaded on South Wall this evening bashing eight (8) home runs including a three bomb and ten (10) rbi night by slugger Matt Hartshorn while pitchers Nick Silvia and Danny Clemente held the potent South Wall offense in check. TR advances to sectional finals Friday night against Nottingham who has not lost a game so far which means TR will have to beat them twice! GOOD LUCK boys!
TRELL had lost to South Wall in the opening round by a score of 12-8.
Well it's that time of year again as another team from the Toms River East Little League commonly referred to as TRELL (Windsor Ave) has risen to the ocassion. First winning the District 18 Championship by defeating their crosstown rival in the finals. Last year the nucleus of these Boys Of Summer went pretty far as eleven year olds. Now they have advanced to the Sectionals...however, tonight is a must win against Clark NJ or be eliminated.
Well GOOD LUCK to all the boys!
This year's team roster: