By Rich Fisher
June 20: The Hamilton Little Lads 12U All-Stars found home to be sweet.
With Hamilton hosting both the 8U and 12U SNJ District 1 Cal Ripken tournaments June 15-19, the 12U’s romped through the event undefeated and capped its championship run with a 15-3 win over Point Pleasant in four innings Tuesday night.
The Little Lads and Point Pleasant both advance to the SNJ State Tournament, which begins July 5 in Moorestown.
Mac Meara hurled the win, striking out 10 while helping his cause at the plate by going 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. In 8-2/3 innings of tournament pitching, Meara struck out 20.
Ryan Everett also had a big night at the plate against Point Pleasant, going 2-for-2 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Also contributing were David Ruiz (1 hit, 1 run), Christian Patterson (1 run, 1 RBI), Javier Calzadilla (1 hit, 1 run, 2 RBI), Joseph Radoslovich (1 hit, 1 run), Dominic DeLellis (1 run, 1 RBI), Eric Green (1 hit, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Jordan “Yet Another Baron” Raba (1 run) and Sean Kinley (1 hit, 1 run, 2 RBI). Meara, Everett, and Kinley each had doubles.
Also contributing to the cause were Christian Quezada with a solid performance in the outfield. The team is managed by Al DeLellis, while coaches are Jim Kinley, Mark Meara and Rich Ruiz.
“It goes without saying, but is worth saying, it was an entire team effort to win the district championship,” Mark Meara said. “David Ruiz, our game two starter, did an awesome job and Jordan Raba was incredible in relief.”