Tough start for township in District 12 as Sunnybrae, HTRBA drop first-round games

Tyler Stefanisko HTRBa
HTRBA’s Tyler Stefanisko makes tracks down a flyball and makes the catch against Robbinsville. Photo by Michael A. Sabo.

There will be an All-Hamilton Township contest in the second day of 12-year-old District 12 Little League play, but not the way the local teams were hoping.

HTRBA and Sunnybrae will meet each other in a 4 p.m. loser’s bracket game Sunday after both dropped first-round contests at Sunnybrae today.

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Robbinsville took a 9-1 decision over HTRBA, scoring three in the third and six in the fourth, but there were some HTRBA highlights. Jack Ford pitched a strong two innings to start the game, retiring the first six batters he faced. Leadoff man Tyler Stefanisko had a single and double, and Michael Rocco hit an RBI double.

That was followed by Sunnybrae and West Windsor, and the WW hurler was outstanding in pitching a two-hitter in a 1-0 victory. Adrian Byra pitched well for the Yardville Gang, allowing three hits, one unearned run and one walk in 4.1 innings while striking out five.

Nottingham had a bye and will take on Bordentown Sunday at 2 p.m. Bordentown took a 12-2 opening win over East Windsor.

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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.