RANDOLPH, NJ- While most people are familiar with Little League baseball Summer All-Stars, and the official Little League World Series Tournament for the oldest age group ( 12 year olds ), many do not know that the summer tournament play continues after that age level.
After that 12-year old level, kids age out of “Little League” and move to the big standard field (60/90). The next level up is juniors (13/14U) and the highest level is seniors (16U).
The Randolph Seniors ( 16U ) recently won the New Jersey state Senior League title. After the district round (in which the teams play all their local neighboring towns ), they advanced to compete at the sectional level.
Much like the divisions in high school sports, NJ is divided into 4 sections. Section 1 is NW - NJ, Section 2 is NE - NJ, Section 3 is central NJ and Section 4 is south NJ.
Each sectional winner then advances to a four-team, double elimination, state tournament, where the final team standing gets crowned state champions.
Randolph emerged as the Section 1 winner, and in that final four tournament round, Randolph defeated all three other sectional champions in consecutive games. They beat Section 2 champ Secaucus 12-0, then Section 4 champ Buena 10-5, and then beat the Section 3 champ 7-6 in extra innings.
They will now represent NJ at the East Regionals in a 10-team bracket to be held in Bangor Maine. One winner will emerge, and will represent the East at the National World Series in South Carolina.