2010 Little League® Baseball Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
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Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
Host - Eastern Region Headquarters; Bristol, Connecticut
At Breen Field; A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center

The A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center is located at 335 Mix Street in Bristol.

Participating Teams City League
Delaware State Champions Wilmington Brandywine LL
District of Columbia Champions Washington, D.C. Capitol City LL
Maryland State Champions Brunswick Brunswick Railroaders LL
New Jersey State Champions Toms River Toms River National LL
New York State Champions Stony Point Stony Point LL
Pennsylvania State Champions Newtown Council Rock Newtown LL

The 2010 Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament used a pool play format. At the completion of pool competition, the top four teams advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Click here to view state tournament results for Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament participants.


Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Friday, August 6):
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 7, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 5
Stony Point (New York) 11, Brandywine (Delaware) 1 (4 innings)

Day 2 (Saturday, August 7):
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 10, Toms River National (New Jersey) 6
Stony Point (New York) 10, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 (4 innings)

Day 3 (Sunday, August 8):
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 11, Brandywine (Delaware) 4
Stony Point (New York) 10, Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 0 (4 innings)

Day 4 (Monday, August 9):
Toms River National (New Jersey) 21, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 (4 innings)
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 14, Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 1 (4 innings)

Day 5 (Tuesday, August 10):
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 5, Brandywine (Delaware) 4 (8 innings)
Toms River National (New Jersey) 5, Stony Point (New York) 2

Day 6 (Wednesday, August 11):
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 10, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 (4 innings)
Toms River National (New Jersey) 8, Brandywine (Delaware) 3


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 4 0 11
Stony Point (New York) 3 1 6
Toms River National (New Jersey) 3 1 15
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 2 2 33
Brandywine (Delaware) 0 4 35
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 4 48

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals (Friday, August 13)

Toms River National (New Jersey) 13, Stony Point (New York) 5
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 13, Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 3 (4 innings)

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Championship Game (Monday, August 16)

Toms River National (New Jersey) 8, Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

Say the words "Toms River" to even a casual sports fan, and one of the most immediate frames of reference is the town's rich heritage at the Little League World Series. Toms River East American Little League put the Ocean County community on the youth baseball map by sending three teams to South Williamsport in a five-year span during the late 1990s, including a 1998 team that won the Little League World Series championship.

More than ten years removed from that heyday, expectations remain sky-high for any Toms River team that advances beyond local competition. The town's success turned what for many locales is a once-in-a-lifetime experience -- a team reaching Williamsport -- into almost a baseline expectation.

It is a difficult standard to live up to, and for better or for worse, the teams that carry the town's hopes are often reminded of the impressive Toms River legacy in ways both large and small. Consider: the main road into town was renamed Little League World Champions Boulevard shortly after the 1999 Little League World Series, an honor for that year's winning team and a source of inspiration for present-day Little Leaguers, but also a not-so-subtle reminder of how success can be measured. When Toms River was not among the communities represented at the 2000 Little League World Series, the Associated Press filed reports from the town, with storylines that suggested how newsworthy their absence was. And in post-district competition, it is not unusual for Toms River teams to see opponents juggle their pitching staffs so they can face Toms River teams with their top hurlers on the mound.

"At times, I have had guys tell me that I screwed things up forever," said Mike Gaynor, manager of the three Toms River East American teams that reached South Williamsport, in the book Six Good Innings. "The pressure on these coaches, what they want to do and need to do, the pressure they put on the kids, these all-weather facilities -- it's all for just one objective. Everyone has that one objective, man. It's all about Williamsport."

As the 2010 international tournament began to unfold, and the Toms River National Little League all-star team began to march deeper into the tournament, the lofty expectations were ever-present. Never mind that this was a different league, or that most of Toms River National's players were toddlers during the tail end of the Beast from the East glory days.

One obvious metric by which to measure the team's success was the long ball. Toms River National mashed 18 home runs during five games at the New Jersey state tournament, and then collected 19 more at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. Nine different players cleared the fences in Bristol, including one who homered in six consecutive plate appearances. Collectively, the Nationals batted .371 and scored more than ten runs per game.

But as good as the offense was, Toms River manager Paul Deceglie knew it was just one part of the story.

"Defense is what wins games," explained the New Jersey manager. "We do practice a lot of defense. A lot of the stuff that the kids do is really natural to them."

In the region championship game at Leon J. Breen Field, Toms River homered twice and collected nine hits overall, but the defense made the difference in the game. Pennsylvania's Council Rock Newtown Little League -- a team that had already handed Toms River National its only loss in the regional -- jumped to a 2-0 lead two batters into the game, and stretched the advantage to 4-1 in the second inning. But the real story is buried beneath the headline of the two-run rally. Toms River National turned a double play with the bases loaded and no outs in that second inning, which effectively allowed the New Jersey team to continue stalking Newtown at close range. It did not take the Nationals long to reel in their opponents.

Toms River answered with four runs in the bottom of the second to move in front, and extended the lead with a pair of late home runs. The Nationals went on to defeat Council Rock Newtown, 8-5, to claim the Mid-Atlantic Region title and advance to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

"Even though we were down -- what was it, 4-1? -- that doesn't faze us," said Deceglie. "I know these guys deep down give 150 percent until the last out is made. That's what makes this team very special."

Russell Petranto and Patrick Marinaccio each drove in runs to narrow Council Rock's advantage, and Petranto later slid home from third on a wild pitch to tie the game. Pitcher Jeff Ciervo then put Toms River in front with a double that glanced off the center fielder's glove and scored Joey Rose. The New Jersey champions sent nine batters to the plate in the inning, and helped to drive Council Rock pitcher Seth Leuz's pitch count to 65 through just two innings.

By contrast, Ciervo, the Toms River pitcher, allowed three hits and four runs in the game's first two innings, but retired ten of the final batters he faced before reaching his pitch limit and handing the ball to Michael Tiplady to close out the game.

Marinaccio padded the New Jersey lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning, and Tiplady added a two-run shot in the fifth.

Council Rock Newtown had grabbed an early lead when John Coppola singled on the game's first pitch, and second-place hitter Noah Hartwell followed by slamming a home run over the center field fence.

"We got off to a great start," said Newtown manager Randy Coppola. "We couldn't have choreographed it any better."

"Toms River was very prepared for us," added the Pennsylvania manager. "They're a good-hitting ball club. We knew that going into tonight."

Toms River showcased its offense throughout the tournament. Nearly half of the team's hits went for extra bases, and Deceglie's team hit three or more home runs in four of its games. Seven of the home runs came against a Stony Point (New York) team that allowed just one run in three games against other opponents at the regional, but 18 runs in two meetings with Toms River National.

Toms River National benefited from shaky Stony Point defense in their semifinal round matchup, and eliminated the New York champions, 13-5. The Nationals capitalized on three errors, two passed balls, and a wild pitch while scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, and never relinquished the lead. Leadoff hitter Kevin Blum singled and eventually scored on a throwing error, and later in the inning Petranto scored on a second error. Pinch runner Joey Hertgen scored on a passed ball, and Ciervo came across on Jake Loffredo's single.

"We might not have scored any of those runs in the first inning if not for the errors," noted Deceglie. "But we did put the bat on the ball."

In the second, Toms River did their own damage: Rose delivered a bases-loaded single, and Ciervo broke the game open by launching a grand slam beyond the right center field fence. After a strikeout, Cody LeBar belted the first pitch he saw over the center field fence for a 10-0 lead.

Stony Point closed to within 10-5 after Brian Bohlander's three-run homer and Billy Rotella's solo shot in the fifth inning, but Toms River ended any thoughts of a comeback with Rose's three-run homer in the sixth.

"Basically what got us here is great pitching and solid defense," said Stony Point manager Brian Coyle. "We stubbed our toe in the first two innings and we really hurt ourselves.

"But hats off to Toms River," added the New York manager. "Those guys played great. They made every single play, they pitched out of jams, and they always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time. It wasn't just the errors. They hit the ball."

"I thought we were in for a very rough game today," said Deceglie. "Stony Point is a very good team."

Earlier, Toms River had handed Stony Point its only loss during pool competition, when Deceglie's charges parlayed four home runs into a 5-2 victory. Blum connected in his first two at-bats -- in Toms River's prior game, he homered in all four plate appearances and drove in ten runs in a 21-0 romp over Washington, D.C.'s Capitol City Little League -- while Ciervo and pinch hitter Billy Lumi each hit solo shots in the fourth.

Ciervo kept Stony Point in check for much of the contest, striking out seven and walking none in a complete game effort. Stony Point collected eight hits, but couldn't capitalize on three New Jersey errors and stranded seven baserunners. Baserunning mistakes in the third and fourth innings helped to limit the New York offense.

"We ran ourselves out of two innings," said Coyle. "Just bad baserunning. It's been a plus for us in this run, but it caught up to us tonight."

"We needed the big hit to clear the bases," added the Stony Point manager. "We were one base to one base, and that's not going to win it at this level."

The victory gave Toms River its second win following an opening round loss to Council Rock Newtown, and more importantly, clinched a semifinal round berth.

"We really needed this game," said Deceglie, whose team would have faced essentially a play-in game against Delaware had they lost.

Instead, Deceglie was able to use its final pool contest to set his pitching rotation for the semifinal and championship rounds.

"I think our pitching is set up pretty strongly and we're in great shape to move forward," said the New Jersey manager after his team dispatched Brandywine Little League (Wilmington, Delaware), 8-3, in its final pool contest. "The only pitcher who isn't available (for the semifinal round meeting with Stony Point) is Jeff Ciervo, but if we win, he'll be able to pitch (in the championship game)."

Council Rock, meanwhile, closed out a perfect run through pool competition with a 10-0 victory over Capitol City, and earned a date with Maryland's Brunswick Railroaders Little League in the other semifinal matchup. Newtown earned the top seed with the win, and in the process avoided a semifinal round matchup with second- and third-seeded Toms River and Stony Point.

"Two and three (Toms River and Stony Point) are equally good, so we'll let those two beat each other up," noted Council Rock coach Matt Schran.

The Pennsylvania champions made the most of its matchup, and scored multiple runs in every inning of a mercy rule-shortened, 13-3 semifinal round victory over Brunswick. Leuz and Xavier Leszynski each had three hits, while Jared Schram and John Coppola both chipped in with a pair of hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Three days later, Council Rock again scored early and often, but Toms River absorbed the blows, and eventually took control of the title game. The Nationals' win came five years and a day after Council Rock defeated Toms River American Little League, 4-3, in the 2005 region championship game. In that game, the Toms River team jumped to an early lead, only to see Council Rock turn the tables in the game's latter innings and rally for the win.

This time, it was Toms River's turn to weather the storm, and deliver the baseball-mad Ocean County community its first trip to South Williamsport since Toms River East American Little League won the Eastern Region title in 1999.

Toms River National dropped its opening round game during pool competition to Hamilton West Side (Ohio) Little League, then was eliminated with a 3-1 loss against eventual U.S. champion Waipio Little League (Waipahu, Hawaii).


Linescores:

  Pool Play Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 7 1
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 2 0 0 1 4 x 7 7 1
  Pool Play Game 2
Brandywine (Delaware) 1 0 0 0 1 3 4
Stony Point (New York) 1 2 6 2 11 11 1
  Pool Play Game 3
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 0 0 1 2 7 0 10 12 1
Toms River National (New Jersey) 1 0 3 1 1 0 6 8 2
  Pool Play Game 4
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Stony Point (New York) 3 1 1 5 10 7 0
  Pool Play Game 5
Brandywine (Delaware) 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 4 1
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 0 3 2 3 3 x 11 10 1
  Pool Play Game 6
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Stony Point (New York) 0 2 3 5 10 7 0
  Pool Play Game 7
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Toms River National (New Jersey) 10 5 6 x 21 15 0
  Pool Play Game 8
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 6 0 2 6 14 9 0
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 0 0 1 0 1 2 1
  Pool Play Game 9
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 5 7 2
Brandywine (Delaware) 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 3
  Pool Play Game 10
Toms River National (New Jersey) 1 0 1 2 1 0 5 9 3
Stony Point (New York) 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 8 0
  Pool Play Game 11
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 5 4 0 1 10 5 0
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
  Pool Play Game 12
Brandywine (Delaware) 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 4 1
Toms River National (New Jersey) 4 0 3 1 0 x 8 7 1
  Semifinal Round
Toms River National (New Jersey) 4 6 0 0 0 3 13 11 1
Stony Point (New York) 0 1 0 0 4 0 5 8 4
  Semifinal Round
Brunswick Railroaders (Maryland) 2 0 1 0 3 5 1
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 3 4 4 2 13 15 2
  Championship Game
Council Rock Newtown (Pennsylvania) 2 2 0 0 0 1 5 7 2
Toms River National (New Jersey) 1 4 0 1 2 x 8 9 0




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