BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In front of a packed house under the lights at Snyder Field the Angels defeated the Tigers, 12-7, to win the Berkeley Heights PAL 3rd/4th grade championship on Friday.
Earlier in the week, the second seeded Angels had defeated an extremely tough Yankee squad, 12-6, in one semi-final while the No. 1 seed Tigers gutted out a walk-off win against the Blue Jays in the other semi-final.
The Angels wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first. After a lead-off walk to Kyle McCulloch and a single by Chase Conzolo, Angels clean-up hitter Joe Laposky hit a bullet single to left to drive in McCulloch. After setting down the Tigers in order in the bottom of the first, the Angels put 5 runs on the board highlighted by a 2 run single from Keith Duryee and an RBI double by Nate Faxon.
The Tigers stormed right back into the game scoring 3 runs in the 2nd, 2 on an RBI hit from Will Frank. The Tigers scored 2 more in the 3rd as Michael Greco and Michael Gertsma both drove in runs.
The game was close headed to the top of the 5th before Faxon broke it open for the Angels with a bases loaded triple. Timmy Murphy then singled to drive in a run and put the Angels up 12-5. The Tigers tacked on two runs in the bottom of the 5th but Angels closer Kyle McCulloch shut the door in the bottom of the 6th to preserve the 12-7 Angels victory.
On the hill for the Angels, Faxon pitched 2 innings while Laposky, Conzolo, Murphy and McCulloch pitched one inning a piece. Also contributing to the Angels victory were Jack Byrne, Lucas Lee, Owen Emmons, Brady Kim, Nico Angelos and Alex Arifaj. The Angels were managed by Bill Faxon who was assisted by John Laposky, Bob Murphy and Scott McCulloch.
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