MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Mountainside 8U baseball team won their first district tournament in 10 years in a dominant fashion. The young team went 6 and 0 for the district tournament and qualified for the states that begins July 12.
The Mountainside 8U team won four games against New Providence (18-4), Watchung Hills (10-5), Cranford (11-1) and Westfield (11-2) to advance to the playoffs. In the semifinal game , they beat Millburn/Shorthills 11-1 and blanked Scotch Plains/Fanwood, 8-0, in the finals.
The success of the entire tournament can be summed upped by one word: pitching. The kids only gave up seven hits in six games which is quite an achievement for this young team, said Coach Steve Filiaci. The team was anchored by strong pitching and hitting from Addison Adornato, Michael Donahue, Matthew Filiaci, Mateo Liloia, and Tyce Hanratty.
Jacob Minnefor, C.J. Cantagallo, and Noah Hunter consistently hit all tournament providing one clutch hit after the other. Drew Peris and Alex Pater provided timely hitting to help their team win and keep rallies alive. Bobby Poth and Greg Dardanello also contributed with strong at bats and base running to keep piling on the runs. "The entire team played solid defense and fundamental baseball which led to their success," said Filiaci.
Coaching staff is Steve Filiaci, Eric Cantagallo, Terry Hanratty, Geoff Hunter, Vinnie Donahue, Michael Liloia and Andrew Adornato.
Next, the team begins their State Tournament run on Thursday.
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