WESTFIELD, NJ - The Millburn 12U baseball team defeated New Providence in the semifinal round before losing to Cranford in the championship game of the District 12 Tournament Saturday morning at Gumbert Park.
Although Millburn lost in the final, the Millers still qualified for the States Tournament in Roxbury in July.
The Millers needed two days to defeat New Providence, 5-4, in a game that was suspended due to rain Thursday night with the score tied, 3-3. The teams came back Friday night to finish the game, which sent Millburn into the final against Cranford.
Cranford won the championship game, 13-4. The Cougars built an 8-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings before Millburn scored three in the third. Cranford scored two in the top of the fourth before Millburn tallied its final run in the bottom of the fourth.
Jack Meyerowitz singled in a run in the third inning, then scored on Brett Molka's two-run homer to bring the Millers within 8-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tyler Neary started a two-out rally with a single, Ben Klein walked and pinch-hitter Will Stisko singled to load the bases. Neary scored when Matt Weiner reached on an infield error. Weiner had singled in each of his first two at-bats and scored a run.
Millburn threatened again in the fifth when Molka reached on an infield error leading off, then Isaiah Shoyombo walked. Peyton Conn followed with a solidly hit flyout to center, and Cranford's pitcher then struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
No team made it through the entire tournament without a loss. Millburn came into the championship game undefeated at 5-0. Cranford and Millburn both went 5-1 in the tournament.
(All photos by Guy Kipp)