SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - The Somerset Hills Little League earned a trip to the New Jersey state championship this summer, and came within one play of earning a trip to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. Their summer season ended suddenly in the title game, where the 12 and under team lost to Jackson Township by a score of 7-6.
Somerset Hills arrived to the state championship round undefeated, winning ten straight games in the district and sectional tournaments.
Their performance in the District 17 tournament sent a message that the team was loaded. In the District 17 Round Robin, they won all four games they played against Green Brook, Piscataway, Plainfield and Middlesex. In those four wins, they allowed only one run.
Somerset Hills continued to dominate in the District 17 finals against Piscataway and Middlesex, outscoring their foes by a total of 43 runs to 7.
The team did not break stride in the Section 1 championship where they defeated Ridgewood by a 10-1 score before taking back-to-back games from Randolph East by margins of 10-0 and 10-4.
They extended their winning streak to eleven by burying Livingston in four innings, 21-0. The streak reached twelve when they defeated the eventual state champs, Jackson Township 12-1 in four innings.
Jackson Township emerged from the losers bracket and took its revenge on Somerset Hills by winning back-to-back games. Jackson Township will move on to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, where they will play the winner of the Maryland/District of Columbia matchup on August 11.