NUTLEY, NJ – Things didn’t go as planned for the 13-year-old all-stars from Nutley American as they were upended 11-2 by Alabama in the first-round of tournament play at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) World Series on Sunday night, July 28 in Livermore, California.
Nutley American, representing New Jersey as the East Region Champions, were overpowered by an 11-run, 11-hit attack from Alabama, the Southeast Region Champions.
A watch party was hosted Sunday night at the Parks & Recreation Center as more than 100 enthusiastic Nutleyites rooted on their local hero’s in a game broadcast on ESPN+.
“Nutley is a baseball town, first and foremost, and to see our kids get in a World Series is something that I don’t think any of us thought we would ever see,” Nutley American President Joseph Hannon told TAP. “It means a lot to all of us, these kids are great players and they deserve it.”
Nutley American continues tournament play on Tuesday, July 30 at 9 pm (EST). Their opponent is TBA. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN+.
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.
“This experience for these kids is pretty incredible and I don’t think it will sink in for them until they are adults and look back and realize ‘wow, I did that’ – it’s pretty special,” Hannon added.
On the road to California, Nutley’s captured their first-ever State Championship. The New Jersey representatives then beat Maryland 13-3 in final game of the East Regions last Wednesday, July 24 to advance to the World Series.
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.