MILLTOWN, NJ - It was a history-making spring season for the Milltown Little League's U12 teams. Both the boys U12 baseball team and the girls U12 softball team brought home District 10 championship titles to the borough. For the girls, it was the first U12 District 10 title in the league's history. Last season, the league's U10 softball team claimed the District 10 title. Four of the girls on that championship winning team were a part of this season's U12 championship team.
The girls went 2-0 in the District 10 tournament, defeating Sayreville 10-0 in the first game and 24-20 in the second, to win the championship. The team then moved on to the sectional tournament where the girls went 2-2, winning the first-ever sectional games in Milltown history. Last year's U10 district championship winning team dropped both sectional games.
The sectional tournament was double-elimination. Milltown made it to the final three in the tournament, losing to Robinsville and Lincroft. The team defeated Ocean and Holbrook. Robinsville went on to win the sectional tournament.
Most of the players on the U12 team have been playing together since they were seven years old. The team was put together in 2017. The District 10 title winning roster included Isabella Vitale, Lizzie Calandruccio, Ashlee Freebern, Molly Walsh, Caroline Citro, Delanie Distefano, Sasha Soffer, Maya Redondo, Allie Constantino, Catie Frost, Ava Rodrigues, Charley Cuminskey and Megan Lavelle. Frost, Soffer, Distefano and Constantino all played on last year's U10 district championship team.
The team's manager is Frank Calandruccio and the coaches are Doug Redondo, Larry Citro, Kevin Walsh and Nick Vitale.
"The five of us have all been coaching the girls since they were seven," explained Redondo. "We started the first ever Milltown travel team, the Milltown Royals, in 2017, which is where the girls really started playing together. In Little League we would have three teams in each division and they would play each other."
"They loved playing together and loved playing for the town and representing the town," Redondo continued. "They took so quickly to playing with each other that they won the USABL Championship in only their second season. This past spring in USABL they went 6-0 and lost in the championship game by only one run."
Redondo said the District 10 tournament had many highlights for the team, including shutting out Sayreville in the first game and not allowing a single runner to get past second base. The championship 24-20 victory over Sayreville was a history-making thrill for the team as well.