CARLSTADT, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Moonachie 10U Little League All-Star team advanced to the 10U Section 2 championship Tuesday evening with a 24-11 victory over Lyndhurst. They advanced by winning the District 5 championship and will play the winner of District 8, which has yet to be decided.
Wood-Ridge knocked out 27 hits in the victory. Dylan Banks was 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the attack. Despite the offensive explosion, it took 12 runs over the final two innings to put the game out of reach.
Wood-Ridge opened the game with a three run first inning, keyed by a Dean Cardia double, driving in two runs, to make the score 3-0. Lyndhurst, however, bounced back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. A four-run second gave Wood-Ridge a 7-1 lead, as Brian Raparelli knocked in two.
Lyndhurst, again bounced back with their own offense, scoring three, to get back into the game at 7-4. Wood-Ridge, which scored in every inning, added a single run in the third to make the score 8-4. Lyndhurst answered with another three-run inning, and suddenly it was a one-run game at 8-7.
Each team added four runs in the fourth to make the score 12-11 after four innings.
"We preach composure," said manager Ray Crewes, about when the score got close. "They pick each other up. They do a really good job at it."
The Blue Devils blew the game open in the fifth, scoring eight runs. Kameron Crews, Dom Buonomo, and Banks each drove in two, while Marcus Nesci and Raparelli drove in single runs to make the score 20-11.
After Lucas Mendoza shut down Lyndhurst with the first scoreless inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth, Wood-Ridge added another four runs in the top of the sixth for the 24-11 lead. Mendoza's second shutout inning closed out the game and allowed Wood-Ridge to advance.
This is the second straight year that they have won the title, winning last year as nine-year olds.
"They set out to do this at the beginning of the year," said Crewes. "They set out to do this at the end of last year. They were able to meet their goals, so that's pretty good to see."
Crewes thanked his coaches George Mendoza and Vinny LaRosa, as well as "a ton of other fathers who help at practice," and also thanked his wife and children for their support.
Wood-Ridge/Moonachie 10U District Champions
Manager: Ray Crewes
Coaches: Vincent LaRosa, George Mendoza
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