West Windsor-Plainsboro Babe Ruth is sending two teams to the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournaments this week, after the 15U All Star team placed 3rdin their state tournament held at Ewing and the 14U All Star Team similarly placed 3rdin Hamiltion. Both teams have boys representing West Windsor, Plainsboro, Princeton and Cranbury. In their 2ndround game on Saturday, the 15U team jumped on Millville early in with an 10-3 win behind strong pitching from Connor McDowell and Caleb Kempler in relief. 2 RBI’s apiece from McDowell, Kempler, Max Lasky and Carl Birge led the offense. A follow up loss to Atlantic Shore dropped them down to the semi finals in the loser side of the bracket and Millville extracted revenge in a tight 9-6 contest despite a 3-hit and 3-RBI day for Lasky, but WWP had assured a 3rdplace finish. WWp 15’s open up their Mid-Atlantic tournament this weekend in Somers Pt, NJ against teams form NY, PA, DE, MD and Northern NJ. The 15U squad is comprised of Zach Naddelman, Carl Birge, AJ Friedman, Caleb Kempler, Andrew Lambert, Max Lasky, Palmer Maurer, Owen McCarron, Connor McDowell, Drew Petrone, James Petrone, Jaxson Petrone, Lewen Sun and (injured) Flynn Kinney.
The WWP 14U opened up their state campaign at historic Switlik Park, home of Babe Ruth baseball, with a 14-0 5-inning complete game shutout by Kenny Schiavone on the bump. Schiavone yielded only 3 hits and was named the game’s MVP. Jack Liggio drove in the opening run with a 12 pitch AB double, and Jack Durbin led the way with 3 RBIs while Schiavone, Aiden Castillo and Chase Vitulli each batted multiple hits. In the quarterfinals, WWP 14U beat Jersey Shore 15-8 on a complete team victory. Solid relief pitching from Danny Harlan and Jonathan Tao matched multiple RBis from Danny Hu, Castillo, Liggio, Durbin and Vitulli. Castillo was named the quarterfinals MVP. In the semifinals, WWP lost a tight game against Atlantic West 5-2 but had secured their birth into the US Regionals despite losing their next game against host Hamilton. WWP 14U begin the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament this Sunday again at Switlik Park in Hamilton. The team is comprised of Jude Blaser, Aiden Castillo, Matt Chi, Jack Durbin, Peter Hare, Danny Harlan, Danny Hu, Jack Liggio, Wes Price, Kenny Schiavone, Jonathan Tao, Chase Vitulli, Jake Zuckerman and (injured) Theo Steiger.