NUTLEY, NJ – It was a heartbreaking loss for the 13-year-old all-stars from Nutley American as the host team from California rallied in extra innings for a 10-8 win in the second-round of tournament play at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) World Series on Tuesday night, July 30 in Livermore, California.
Nutley American, representing New Jersey as the East Region Champions, got off to a fast start against the Californians with 3 runs in the first inning and 3 runs in the second inning to take a 6-1 lead.
California chipped away, adding 1 run in the third and 2 runs in the fifth, closing the Nutley lead to 6-4. Nutley answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth to widen the gap at 8-4.
In their final at bat, California scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie to score at 8-8. Nutley didn’t score in the bottom of the frame, forcing the game into extra innings.
California scored 2 runs in the top of the eight and held Nutley scoreless in the bottom of the eighth to claim the 10-8 win.
In the losing effort for Nutley, Myles Gomez had 3 hits, Kevin Jiratatprasot picked up 3 RBI’s and Jonathan Breihof had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
Jiratatprasot started on the mound for Nutley, going 5.1 innings while striking out 13, but was the unfortunate beneficiary of some sloppy Nutley defense as the team committed 5 errors.
It was the second straight loss for Nutley, as they fell 11-2 to Alabama from the Southeast Region in the first-round of tournament play on Sunday night, July 28 in Livermore, California.
Both games were broadcast on ESPN+.
Nutley American now drops into consolation play on Thursday, August 1 at 3 pm (EST). Their opponent is the representative from the Australia Region. The game will not be broadcast.
Players on the Nutley American team include Anthony DiPaolo, Chris Sarno, Erik Thompson, Jake LoMonaco, Jayden Velez, Joey Haines, Jonathan Breihof, Kevin Jiratatprasot, Myles Gomez, Rocco DeLitta and Ryan Roque. The squad is coached by Pete Breihof, Joe Haines and JP LoMonaco.
There are six teams from United States and six International teams in the Intermediate World Series. After a week of tournament play, the United States and International championship games will both be played on Saturday, August 3. The US winner and the International winner then meet in the World Series Championship on Sunday, August 4.