SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Monday night August 3rd, a baseball traveled through the mist and fell into the glove of the first baseman for the South Plainfield Rumble, giving the team the Cal Ripken District 9 Championship.  With the win the Rumble, managed by Dan Mejias, gave the South Plainfield Baseball Club its third straight 10U District Title.  The 2020 Championship by the Rumble follows the 2019 title by Dave Loniewski's Spartans and the 2018 title by Jay Culver's Tigers.
The Rumble started off strong posting a 4-1 record in pool play with victories over Franklin, Monroe, Marlboro and North Brunswick.  That left the Rumble as the #2 seed heading into the semi-finals where a rematch with Monroe awaited them.  A hard fought 2-1 victory over Monroe propelled the Rumble into the championship game against the #1 seed East Brunswick Brown Bears.  South Plainfield started off strong and jumped out to a 4-1 lead until rain halted play in the 4th inning.  After a 60-minute delay, South Plainfield added three more runs to take a 7-1 lead.  The Rumble had to hold off a late rally by East Brunswick before winning the game and the championship by a score of 7-5.
The South Plainfield Rumble is made up of 12 players ages nine and ten:  Gavin Anderson, Justin Andrade, Andrew Bena, Vincent Canavan, Anthony Cicenia Jr., Michael Gerardo, Andrew Kolenski, Derek Mejias, Shaye Patel, Blake Piazza, Gabe Raphel and Alex Teal.  Assisting Manager Dan Mejias are coaches, John Bena, Anthony Cicenia and Nick Piazza.  
The South Plainfield Rumble now head into the State Tournament, which begins on Monday, August 10th.  South Plainfield will take on teams from Summit, Roxbury, Ridge, Mountainside, Kinnelon, East Brunswick and North Brunswick.  The tournament is being played at The North Brunswick Community Park Complex.  First pitch for the Rumble is set for 8:15 on the 10th, 11th and 12th.