HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Fire Department won its first Hasbrouck Heights Little League Championship since the 1960s on Saturday with a 6-0 win over PBA at Inserra Field at the Hasbrouck Heights Little League complex. Fire Department battled back after losing the first game of the series to win the final two to clinch the series.
Frankie Billings threw five innings of two-hit ball in picking up the win, with Joey Formisano picking up the save with a perfect sixth inning. The Fire Department offense was keyed by triples from Donovan Auriemma and Lorenzo Cammileri, and Diego Mancini had multiple hits. Matt Wester, Joe Byrne and Jack Bruton all contributed with key defensive plays.
Cole Asplund pitched well, but picked up the loss for PBA.
Asplund was the game one winner for PBA, as they won the series opener, 11-6, behind the bats of Jack Baker, Rocco D'Amico and Michael Canavatchel, who along with Asplund, all had multiple hits.
Fire Department kept the series alive, winning an 8-6 slugfest in game 2. Cammileri picked up the win, and slugged a three-run home run in the fifth. Formisano, Billings, Bruton and Auriemma each had contributed hits for the win. D'Amico and Canavatchel each had three-run homers for PBA.
The championship is believed to be the first for the Fire Department since the early 1960s.
Fire Department Roster
Players: Jack Bruton, Frankie Billings, Joey Formisano, Lorenzo Cammileri, Donovan Auriemma, Diego Mancini, Matt Wester, Joe Byrne, Aditya "DD" Vij, Caden Murray
Coaches: Jay Wester, Leo Fernendez, Brendan Murray, Paul Mancini
Manager: Gregg Formisano
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