MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morristown American 10U team has been crowned District 1 champs. The team defeated Randolph on Saturday in the winner's bracket final, 7-4, and then beat Randolph again on Monday evening in the final of the double elimination tournament, 13-8.
On Saturday, Artie Conover pitched a gem going 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing no earned runs, 3 hits and striking out 6. The team received key hits from Tyler Garretson, Jackson Groenveld, Andrew Summa, Drew Friday, Christian Fell, Thomas Lucignani and Vince Achilarre. Oliver Elms started a momentum changing double play in the first when he caught a fly ball in left field and threw the runner out at home trying to score.
On Monday, Randolph jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first, but the Morristown American team was relentless and immediately tied the game in the bottom of the 1st with a 5 spot of their own. Garretson keyed the rally with a lead-off double followed by consecutive hits by Groenveld, Summa and Conover. Oliver Elms had a 2 out bases loaded hit in the inning that scored 2 runs.
Morristown then scored 8 runs over the next 3 innings fueled by hits from Conover, Groenveld, Friday and Jake Lobel. Summa went 4 innings for the win allowing 3 earned runs and striking out 5. Weston Elms pitched the last 2 innings in relief holding off any Randolph rallies. Evan Curnow had a spectacular two games behind the plate for Morristown as well. Jack McGinn, who had the game winning RBI in an earlier district game, also contributed in the victories.
Morristown American finished district play 7-0 despite trailing in 6 of the 7 games. The championship was truly a team effort as every single player had a key contribution at some point over the 2 and a half weeks of play.
The team, which consists of Vince Achilarre, Artie Conover, Evan Curnow, Oliver Elms, Weston Elms, Christian Fell, Drew Friday,Tyler Garretson, Jackson Groenveld, Jake Lobel, Thomas Lucignani, Jack McGinn and Andrew Summa, now advances to sectionals which start on Sunday, July 14th, at Ginty Field.