NEWTON, NJ - In the opening-round game of the Section 1 Little League Baseball Tournament, The Randolph East All-Stars broke out the big sticks, hammering Pequonnock to take home a 14-2 mercy-rule victory.

A leadoff home run by Alex Marks to open the game gave Randolph an early spark, and a grand slam in the fourth inning from shortstop Ryan Cox helped blow the game open.

A "lights out” three-run blast by Justin Townsend rounded out the scoring and ended the game by mercy rule.

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Tyler Hutchinson got the victory on the mound for Randolph.  Townsend was 2-for-3 on the game with a double and a homerun.

Marks finished the game 2-for-2, Cox was 4-for-4, and Aden Koenigsberg finished 3-for-3 with two RBI.

On Saturday night, Randolph defeated Hobb Engler Byram in another high-scoring game, 13-11.  Randolph East plays next on Monday night against Somerset Hills, continuing to inch closer to the state title.