The Sunnybrae Little League 10-year-old All-Stars ran roughshod through four games to win the District 12 title this past Tuesday night. Proudly displaying their championship banner are (from left) Bobby Lipsett, Max Pelzer, A.J. Zuccarello, Nick Conti, Josh Klena, Nicholas “The Little Mayor” Angiolino, Kaiden Hurley, Joey Maglione, Anthony O’Rourke, Matt Morris, Ethan Eskow, Bryce Bolognini and Frankie Mazella (Contributed photo).
By Rich Fisher
July 12: It wouldn’t be July in Hamilton Township without at least one little league team winning a District 12 title.
The Sunnybrae 10-year-olds made sure that it was business as usual this past Tuesday, July 10, when it took a 10-3 win over Robbinsville in the District 12 championship game at Sunnybrae.
The Brae Bombers rolled through the districts with four straight victories by a combined score of 54-4. Sunnybrae opened with a 13-0 win over Bordentown, followed by an 18-0 victory over Robbinsville, 13-1 over East Windsor and 10-3 over Robbinsville in the championship game.
Stellar pitching was provided by Bryce Bolognini and Josh Klena, who combined for 17 strikeouts against Bordentown. The offense was powered by Max Pelzer, Anthony O’Rourke, Frankie Mazzella, Matt Morris, Klena and Bolognini. Also chipping in throughout the tournament were Bobby Lipsett, AJ Zuccarello, Kaiden Hurley, Nicholas “The Little Mayor” Angiolino, Nick Conti, Joey Maglione and Ethan Eskow.
“The team played a stellar defense, led by Mazzella and O’Rourke,” manager Stan Klek said. “It took a total team effort by all thirteen players to complete the tournament sweep. Every player contributed something in this tournament.”
Sunnybrae will also host the Section 3 tournament, which opens for the Bombers on July 16 with a 6 p.m. game against District 19 champ Lincroft.
Sunnybrae 11s eye second title for the league
The Sunnybrae 11-year-olds are also looking good in District 12 play. Opposite of the 10s, who blew everyone out, the 11s are winning the tight ones.
The ’Brae Bombers opened this past Sunday with a 4-3 win over West Windsor, and came back for a 9-8 victory over arch-rival Nottingham on Tuesday. That put the Yardville Gang in Thursday night’s 8 p.m. winner’s bracket final against Bordentown.