HOBOKEN, NJ- The Randolph West 11U Little League All Star team will need to play one more game to decide who brings home the state championship after dropping Sunday afternoon’s matchup with Bordentown. The loss for Randolph West marks their first in the state final four. Under the double elimination format, it gives them a second matchup with Bordentown on Monday Aug. 17 at 7PM, in a do or die game in which both teams are sure to bring their A-game.
Randolph West battled the whole game after an early deficit, but was ultimately unable to overcome the eight run first inning that Bordentown put up. Despite their decisive 11-4 loss at the Hoboken Little League Turf Field, Manager Dave Tamres and his team still believes they played the better overall game, stating, “They came out and they got a couple of big hits on us early, rattled us a little bit but then we settled down. Once we settle down we can go toe to toe with this team or any team really.”
Randolph West intends on putting the beginning of this game behind them, and carrying the momentum they gained as the game matured into tomorrow night’s winner takes all matchup.
One important bright spot for Randolph West was the play of the center fielder Joe Reed, who popped two monster home runs and a double Sunday afternoon. Starting pitcher Eric Recchia showed excellent resolve throughout the game as well; he started off with a rough first inning on the mound but kept his cool, batting in a run the next inning, and throwing three solid innings subsequently.
Leadoff hitter Dylan Haun collected a base hit and scored in the first inning, and nearly changed the complexion of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Randolph West loaded the bases with hits or walks from Matia Clement, Jake Hart and Jack Bibbo, giving Haun a two out chance to put his team within striking distance. Haun got a hold of a pitch and smoked a ground ball up the middle, but a phenomenal play by the Bordentown shortstop prevented a hit and any runs from scoring that inning for Randolph.
Tamres talked about taking advantage of opportunities in the final game Monday night, “Tomorrow we have to have confidence in ourselves, and trust our abilities, and we’ll make the plays we need to,” he said.
Monday night should mark an exciting game for the young players, coaches and fans that turn out to watch Randolph West play in 2015’s final game for that state championship at scenic Hoboken Little League Turf Field.
Although they suffered a loss to Bordentown Sunday afternoon, the team is quite confident that they can turn their loss around, as they did in both the Districts and the Sectionals, and make one last push for the title.
“We told our guys just look at the scoreboard. If you take the first inning out, it’s a four to three game for us, we can do it tomorrow,” said Tamres.