Jack Fitzgerald delivered a key base hit during a three-run rally and then closed out the game on the mound Sunday when Chatham's 11-year-old baseball team defeated Westfield, 3-1, to gain a spot in the New Jersey State Ripken Tournament.
Chatham will play Cranford, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, in Springfield in the District Final. The State Tournament starts on July 9 in Bayonne.
Westfield had the tying run on first base when Chatham center fielder, Jack Casano-Boris, fielded a base hit and threw to second base for the force that ended the game.
Chatham scored three runs in the third with hits from Cole Ekert, Dennis Moynihan, Nolan Costello. and Fitzgerald.