WOODBRIDGE, NJ - Coming off a heartbreaking 15-14 loss in the State semifinals, the South Plainfield Titans battled back to capture the Woodbridge Summer Slam Tournament in championship style.
The Titans didn’t allow a tough loss in the States to keep them down; they outscored their opponents 57-6 and went 5-0. The Titans faced a tough Woodbridge squad in the championship. After jumping on top in the bottom of the 1st, they never looked back. Aldo Pigna led off with a single, followed by a walk to Chase Donovan. Nicholas Campagna grounded out to second, moving the runners into scoring position. Anthony DeLisa drove in Pigna and Donovan with a single. This gave South Plainfield a 2-0 lead. Campagna and DeLisa added hits in the 3rd, and Donovan scored to give South a 3-0 lead. Hits by DeLisa, Zachary Robinson, and Jake Aiello scored Campagna and DeLisa, making it a 5-0 advantage. DeLisa was 3 for 3 on the afternoon to lead the offense. The story of the day was Chase Donovan and his pitching. He pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 15 batters. Brian Potts did a tremendous job behind the plate, keeping Chase in a zone while catching all six innings.
The Titans were equally impressive a week earlier in the Colonia tournament where they went 6-0 and won the Championship. Once again, the Titans met Woodbridge in the finals. This time, it was a nail-biter. The Titans stranded numerous runners in the first 4 innings and found themselves down 1-0 going into the bottom of the 5th. Robbie Krovatin started the 5th inning rally with a 1-out infield single, followed by walks to Nicholas Irizarry and Joey Padovano. Matthew Ciullo had a great 10 pitch at bat, but made the 2nd out. Aldo Pigna scored Krovatin and tied the game with a 2-out single to left field. Chase Donovan reached on an infield single, scoring Irizarry with the go-ahead run, followed by a walk to Nicholas Campagna, scoring Padovano. Anthony DeLisa singled in Pigna and Donovan to cap off a 5-run inning. Nicholas Campagna, Matthew Nigro, and Zachary Robinson also had hits in the big game. Donovan and Pigna each pitched great for the Titans, holding Woodbridge to 1 run. Good defensive performances were turned in by Nigro, DeLisa, Ciullo, and Brian Potts.
“The boys did a tremendous job throughout the spring and summer, going 34-9-2, said Coach Pigna.” They had many accomplishments, including:
· 2nd in USABL Spring League
· 2nd in North Edison Memorial Day Tournament
· 2nd in Districts
· 1st in Colonia
· Played to the semifinals in the States
· 1st in Woodbridge
Coach Pigna, Coach Campagna, and Coach Robinson said they were extremely proud of the way the boys battled, learned, and improved throughout the season.
They also wanted to thank the Titan parents for all of their support and time throughout the spring and summer.