ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- After weeks of tournaments where every at bat, every inning, every game was filled with intense and mounting pressure, another stellar softball season by the Robbinsville 12U Little League team has come to a close. The team fought to stay alive in the national Little League Eastern Regional Tournament playing three games on Tuesday and Wednesday falling just one win short of playing in the tournament final.
The Robbinsville 12U team closed out their season in third place in the Eastern Regional Tournament. They are the reigning undefeated New Jersey State Champions; undefeated Section 3 champions; and undefeated District 12 champions.
The last three games in the Eastern Regional Tournament showcased the deep bench and talent of the team.
On Tuesday, the Robbinsville team faced the team from New York and won 5-0. They took the lead early in the first inning with Sorella Gallucci putting the first run on the board. Haley Krebs and Jordyn Pepper each scored multiple hits in the game that included eight total hits for the team.
On the mound, Gallucci threw for five and a third innings surrendering zero runs. Katie Zillani came in from the bullpen to throw two-thirds of an inning earning the save for Robbinsville.
The team took the field again mid-day Wednesday to play Rhode Island who they faced in the first round of the regional tournament. The game started with a hot first inning, with scoring on an error, and singles put on the scoreboard each by Jordyn Pepper, Lily Ondy, and Caroline Walls.
Great work in the field was led by Madison Manning, who had nine chances in the field, and not one single error committed by the team. Once again, the team’s pitching dynamic duo of Gallucci and Zilliani kept their opponent's hits limited. The team won 9-4 advancing to the semi-finals round of the tournament.
With just a few hours of rest before their next game against Connecticut in the semifinal round, fatigue started to set in for the all-star Robbinsville girls. They fell behind early but fought through to make seven hits in the game. Pepper and Walls put up two for the team bringing the game's final score to six to two.
After five days of intense tournament play and six games, the Robbinsville 12U team finished with a tremendously strong third place in the Eastern Regional Tournament.
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