On Saturday the 9U team won bringing their record to 7-1 in the USABL helping them stay at the top of the standing. After a good start to the weekend, the 9's turned around and played in the Frazier Halloween Havoc tournament in Jackson, NJ where they made a great run to the championship game. In game 1 of the tourney the 9's found themselves down 11-4 in the 4th but on the backs of a BIG team effort battled and clawed their way back for a 12-11 victory. Game 2 was a reversed script where the 9U squad so themselves holding onto a lead the entire game and eventually coming away a 13-12 winner. This lead them to the championship game against the Toms River Blacksox who unfortunately had just a little bit more than the Redhawks could handle as they fell in the final 11-8.
The RedHawks opened up a busy weekend Saturday. An offensive explosion in the first inning scoring 10 runs before the visiting team recorded 1 out. They kept the pressure on and continued the scoring tallying 17 runs in 4 innings. Jeremy Mellyn celebrated his birthday throwing a 1 hitter in 4 innings(mercy rule). His complete pitching line was 60-65 pitches, 1 HBP, 1 Hit and 1 run allowed.
The RedHawks participated in the Fraiser Halloween Tournament Sunday.
RedHawks fell behind early 1-0 but regained the lead. scoring 3 in the 2nd. By the 3rd the score was 4-4. The RedHawks scored 3 in the bottom of the 3rd. Colin Chou blew it by the Troopers the rest of the way not allowing another run. The offense kept working and scored 10 in total defeating the Troopers 10-4.
The RedHawks played Monroe in Game 2. Following two errors in the first the Redhawks helped the Monroe team take a 4-0 lead. 3 more errors in the game helped Monroe control the game early. After the RedHawks scored 27 runs in 2 games their bats silenced and didn't record a hit until the 3rd. Monroe scored 9 in total taking a 9-0 lead going into the 5th. The RedHawks battled in the fifth scoring 5. Before the come-back could be completed the time limit was reached and the RedHawks fell to Monroe in 5 innings(due to time limit).
The RedHawks were knocked out of the tournament by allowing 1 more run to score then the Troopers did, proving again that every play in baseball matters.
The 11's went 1-1 on Saturday to help them maintain their first place standing in the USABL on the heels of great pitching from Brian Lietz and Trevor Hansen. Lietz got the win going 5 1/3 innings giving up 3ER and 1BB while fanning 3 and Hansen closed it out going 1 2/3 innings allowing only 1 BB while striking out 1.
Sunday was not the same as Saturday for the 11U squad who play well defensively but couldn't get the bats going and finished with a tournament record of 0-1-1. The 11's look to bounce back and remain in 1st place of the USABL.
On a frigid afternoon, the prospects were swept in a double header at Dalton Park, Perth Amboy. Glen Cantalupo started on the mound and was dominating for the first 3 innings. In the top of the first, Cantalupo reached base with the teams only hit in game 1. He advanced to 3rd after 2 stolen bases, but was thrown out at the plate after attempting to score on a ground ball back to the pitcher. The redhawks were unable to produce any other hits the rest of the game. In the bottom of the 4th, Cantalupo lost control and the wheels fell off. Despite 8Ks, walks and mistakes in the field allowed the Caribbean All Stars to plate 9 runners to lose game 1.
In Game 2, Cantalupo, Preston Sepe, and Alfonso Esposito collected 2 hits each allowing the Redhawks to hold a 6-5 lead into the 7th inning. Stephen Scharf went 4.2 innings surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits. Andy Kramer suffered the loss as control issues and 4 errors caused the Redhawks demise. After letting up 7 runs in the top of the 6th, the Hawks could only manage 1 run in the bottom half to come up short for the devastating defeat.
Unfortunately the 12U squad fell on Saturday by the score of 8-3 and may have lost out on their chances of making the playoffs. The day was highlighted by a 2-3 1 RBI effort from Brian Schweizer and a 2-2 1RBI effort from Matt Kalinak.
12U select swept a double header against the North Wall Knights on Saturday winning two mercy rule games 13-3 and 12-1. Key performers on Saturday in game 1 were Brian Capato who threw the complete game allowing 1 run and also went 1-3 with 2RBI and 2 RS. Jason Petruzzi was 2-3 with 1 2B, 1 RS, and 1 RBI and Ryan Hvozdovic went 2-4 with 1 2B, 2 RBI and 1 RS. The game 2 key players were Petruzzi 1-2 with 1 2B and 3 RBI, Jack Rotemen who went 2-3 with 1 2B, 1 RBI and 2 RS, Hvozdovic again who went 2-3 with 1 2B, 1 RBI and 2 RS and lastly Lucas Mackey who added a 2-3 effort with 1 RBI and 1 RS.
On Sunday the 12U Select squad competed in a 1 day tournament at South Wall Little. It was a wacky day for the Select squad as key performers Ryan Hvozdovic, Jack Welgos, Lucas Mackey and Jack Rotemen helped lead the team to a 4-3 victory in game 1. In game 2 however the Select squad fell 11-1 only mustering 4 hits in the game. Thinking their 1 day tourney was over, the redhawks began to head home when Coach Shawn Eickhorst received a call saying they made the semi-finals. The team had to scramble beginning the game with only 8 players and eventually falling 7-4 in a hard fought game.
13U Elite Red
The 13U Red squad battled all weekend going 2-2 and earning a birth in the championship game. The weekend was highlighted by Pitcher of the Week Joseph Tutunjian’s Perfect Game to start the tournament. Tutunjian was brilliant going 5 innings allowing 0ER, 0H and striking out 6.His team would win in a 10 run rule mercy. In Game 2, the Redhawks found themselves down late 4-2 but clawed back in the 7th with back to back triples from Jason Arrigo and Andrew Morrison. Unfortunately the bottom of the 7th didn't go their way and they fell 5-4.
On a terrible day Sunday the Red squad found a way to persevere through rain, snow, wind and more winning game 1 in convincing fashion to earn a berth in the Championship game. Pitching was the key in the last game of the tournament but unfortunately the Redhawks weren't able to build on their early lead and lost. All in all it was a great weekend for the 13U Elite Red team who continues to improve as the fall season winds down.
The 14U Elite squad had an excellent weekend going 3-1 with wins by the scores of 7-6, 13-3 and 5-4 losing only 1 contest 9-8. In their 7-6 victory against the Middletown Knights, 3 Redhawks had 2 hits a piece including Jake Olson, Nick Isherwood and Liam Smith with 5 separate Redhawks collecting an RBI.
With a quick turnaround, the 14U Elite squad battled the Monmouth Dodgers the next day falling in their only loss of the weekend. Nick Isherwood went 2-3 with 3 RBI, Liam Smith had another good game putting in a 3-3 effort with 2 RS however it wasn't enough for the Redhawks to win as they gave up 5 in the bottom of the 6th to give Monmouth the win.
On Sunday the 14U squad played a double header against Tri County Baseball winning 13-3 and 5-3. The Redhawks scored in every inning of game 1 led by Taj Muhammads 3-3 day with 3 RBI and 3 RS. Both Jake Olson and Sam Witt collected 2 RBI apiece with 9 of 10 starters in the Elite lineup collecting a hit. Sam Witt was brilliant on the mound going 6 innings giving up 5 H, 2 ER and 3 BB while striking out 5.
In the second game of the double header pitching and defense were the key as the 14U Elite squad was able to stay ahead all game and complete an outstanding 3-1 weekend.
The 14U Select team went 1-1 on the weekend winning game 1 14-3 and dropping game 2 5-3. In game 1 Logan Reilly, Brenna Lush, Jacob Bloomstein and Jared Goldklang led the way with 2 hits apiece while collecting every RBI but 2 for their team. Sam Gutkin earned his 4th win of the fall going 6 innings allowing 4 hits, 2ER and 6 BB while striking out 3.
The offense went away in game 2 for the Select squad as they could only muster 6 hits led by Player of the Week Jared Goldklang who was 2-3 with 1 RS.
The 15U Elite squad had a great weekend going 4-1 including wins by the scores of 4-3 and 12-0 on Saturday and a 2-1 Sunday record highlighted by 7-4 and 11-0 victories. All in all over the weekend the 15U Elite team outscored their opponents 36-10. Key performers on the weekend were Ryan Mckenna, Ari Goodman, Eitan Goodman, Dylan Donohue, Jack Tone, Aurelia Licata and Vincent Bianchi.
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