LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two 2019 Livingston Little League teams, the Livingston 9/10/11 Williamsport Baseball Team and the Livingston 12U Williamsport All-Star Team, were honored by the mayor and council on Monday for their outstanding seasons.
In order to “thank them for the pride they brought to our community,” the township council presented the coaches with a commemorative plaque and each player with a special citation congratulating them on behalf of the 30,000 residents of Livingston.
In addition to being ranked third in the state this season, the 2019 Livingston 9/10/11 Williamsport Baseball Team was also the winner of the New Jersey District 8 Championship and the New Jersey Section 2 Championship.
Stating that he has known coaches Shane McLaughlin, Dave McLaughlin, Mike Sorrentino and Greg Bushwell for a long time, Mayor Al Anthony praised the “incredible baseball board” for the lessons instilled in the players each year.
“Livingston teams always make us proud when you go outside of this town,” said Anthony. “You guys are getting life lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, manners [and] we always seem to be fundamentally stronger than other teams.”
Members of the Livingston 9/10/11 Williamsport Baseball Team included Will Atkinson, Beau Belcuore, Ridhit Beri, Jimmy Bonardi, Mack Dockx, Christian Giordano, Adam Goldberg, Sean Mullen, Nicholas Mullin, Jack Silberman, Jaden Silberman, Jaden Tang, Nate Vays and Ryan Zhu.
Anthony said the same of 12U coaches John Maiello and Brian Meierhofer, manager Ed Murray and the members of the Williamsport All-Star team, who also became the New Jersey District 8 champions in 2019 as well as finalists in the New Jersey Section 2 Championship.
Team members included Jackson Becker, EJ Frayne, Jacob Handler, Benjamin Leeds, Michael Leger, Jared Levine, Matthew Lopa, John Marco Maiello, Joseph Meierhofer, Max Peri, Ben Reed and Julia Schultz.
Anthony made a point to mention the 12U’s victory over Nutley, saying, “That alone makes us very proud.”
In addition to congratulating the teams, Anthony told the players to go home and thank their parents for “going the extra distance” during the season.
“A few years ago as mayor, my son’s team went to third in the state, so I know what’s involved in Williamsport baseball,” he said to the parents in the room. “I know that you had to sacrifice a lot and I know that you had to drive all over the place, so you guys really deserve a round of applause.”