Extra innings not enough for Sunnybrae, they now play extra days in District 12

Sunnybrae Catcher PJ Whalen sets up for a play at the plate. Photo by Michael A. Sabo.

By Rich Fisher

July 6: We have learned that Sunnybrae Little League likes to extend their District 12 games beyond the norm, but this is getting ridiculous.

The Brae not only forced extra innings today, it also forced an extra day as its District 12 finals game with Bordentown was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 3-3. Play will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday with Josh Filipponi leading off the bottom of the seventh.

Sunnybrae and Bordentown players hanging out in the field house during the rain delay. Photo by Michael A. Sabo

It is the third consecutive extra-inning game for Sunnybrae, which has won four straight since dropping into the elimination bracket on opening-day.

The Yardville Gang took a 1-0 lead in the first Chris Whalen’s two-out single and Adrian Byra’s RBI single. Bordentown took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third, but Sunnybrae bounced right back in the top of the fourth on Ryan Anderson’s two-out, two-run double. 

Bordentown put its first two runners on in the bottom of the sixth and couldn’t score, and the Brae put its first two on in the top of the seventh and could not capitalize.  A clap of thunder then forced a delay, and a downpour 30 minutes later forced the suspension.

If Sunnybrae can win the suspended game, it will force an “If necessary” winner-take-all final immediately following. If Bordentown wins after play resumes, it will be the District 12 champion.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.