CHATHAM, NJ - If this is any indication of things to come, Chatham is in for a good stretch of winning baseball. The three U11 baseball teams made it to their respective league championship games with the A and C teams winning it all and the B team losing a nail-biter in extra innings.
The six-week travel baseball season concluded this week with championship games under the lights on both Monday and Tuesday night. Chatham U11A team capped a great season by winning the North Jersey Baseball league with a victory over Union by the score of 20-9 on Monday night in Union.
Chatham ran the table of four playoff games over seven days with victories over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield, Long Hill and Union. The team also won the Ripken Districts and advancing to the Ripken State Semifinal, losing out to eventual state champion Bayonne.
The Chatham team broke open a 4-4 tie after four innings, adding 16 runs in last two innings. Chatham's starting pitcher, Tommy Lamar, held the Union team to 3 runs in 3 innings of work, setting the table for the offensive explosion.
Chatham broke the game open with key hits by Henry White, Dennis 'Moose' Moynihan and Sean Keenan in the 5th and 6th innings.
Chatham's U11B team advanced to the New Providence Green League Championship game on Monday night at Shunpike Field in Chatham, ultimately succumbing to Springfield in an extra inning (9 innings) thriller under the lights.
Strong team defense and solid pitching performances from Jack Blanc, Jack Shuster and Cameron Druhot kept Chatham in the game all night. Clutch hits by Andrew Spencer, Daniel Fischer, Matt Saluzzi and Garrett Larson carried Chatham through 3 extra innings of play, but ultimately were not enough to overtake Springfield.
Chatham also finished a winning 2014 summer travel season this week, including a six-game winning streak heading into the championship game. The team competed in all league games in a highly competitive division and played a heavy 23-game, six-week schedule.
Chatham's U11C team brought home the Championship hardware beating Mendham 12-6 Tuesday night under the lights at Shunpike Field in Chatham.
After Mendham jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Chatham hunkered down defensively with excellent all-around play by catcher Luke Profaci, third baseman Rory Chernosky and second baseman Jackson Singer.
Chatham had an offensive barrage in the 3rd inning, bringing in 6 runs led by Trey Tully's RBI single followed by a 2 RBI double by Charlie Glunk and a RBI double by Michael Dangler. Sean McArthur stole home in the fourth inning to give Chatham a 10-4 lead. Chatham held their ground with defensive plays by Max Dinnhaupt, Michael Briganti and John O'Connell. Sean Dutton closed out the win as he has done all year for the 12-6 win.
Chatham finished the season with a 12-2 record winning the National League East Division by beating a tough Scotch Plains team on route to earning earning a first round bye in the playoffs. Anchored by disciplined defense and strong arms, the club beat Montclair and Mendham (who had handed Chatham both regular season losses) to win the league championship.