SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- The South Plainfield 10U baseball team recently won its third consecutive District  tournament title with an 11-3 win over the Falcons of Monroe.

South Plainfield went 5-0 at districts scoring 43 runs while allowing just 13. Against the Falcons, Monroe led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Daniel Kapsch led-off the frame with a single and William Bethea later hit a two-RBI double to score Kapsch and Dominic Massaro. The Tigers plated 10 runs in the inning to take control.

In the fifth, Ryan Balent hit a triple to start the inning and eventually scored on a base hit by Nicholas Irizarry.

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Braden Tankiewicz earned the win on the mound pitching the first four innings before Massaro finished out the last two innings.

Tigers were down 1-0 going into bottom 4.  Daniel Kapsch started the inning with a base hit, followed by Dominic Massaro reaching base. William Bethea then hit a double scoring Kapsch and Massaro and the rest of the tigers followed suit and were able to plate a total of 10 runs before the 4th inning ended.  Monroe scored 2 runs in top of 5. Tigers put up another run in bottom 5 with Ryan Balent leading off with a triple then eventually scoring on Nicholas Irizarry’s base hit.  They then held the Monroe Falcons in top of 6. Game ending final score 11-3.

Pitchers: inning 1-4 Braden Tankiewicz and inning 5 & 6 Dominic Massaro.

The team won the 8U District 9 tournament in 2016, 9U District 9 tournament in 2017, and now the 10u District 9.

Next, the Tigers will embark on their quest for their third straight Northern New Jersey state tournament crown as well. They begin Pool B play against North Hunterdon on Thursday night (July 5) at 6:00 p.m. South Plainfield then plays Mountainside on Friday at 8:00 p.m. and then Long Hill at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Should the Tigers earn a good enough record to move on, the semifinals will take place on Monday. The final game is scheduled for Tuesday.

Pool A has teams from Millburn-Short Hills, Hillsborough, Marlboro, and Union City.

Every state tournament game will take place at Mountain View Park in Hillsborough. South Plainfield is the only returning team from last year.

This year, South Plainfield has the honor of hosting the 10U Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament starting on Thursday, July 19. And because the Tigers are hosting, even if they don’t win the the outright Northern New Jersey state title, they will still play in the regional tournament. It’s a win-win. They will be playing in Pool A with winners from Maryland, Northwest Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern Eastern New York.

Pool B will consist of the champions from Northern East New York, Western New York, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the winner or second place team from Northern New Jersey.

Stay tuned to TAPinto South Plainfield as we update you on the Tigers’ tournament run.

Eddie BUDZINSKI - 18

Ryan BALENT - 7

Justin CULVER - 27


Daniel KAPSCH - 11

Dominic MASSARO - 6

Alex PIGNA - 10

Will BETHEA - 19

Braden TANKIEWICZ - 33

Aidan KAPLAN - 4

Dylan OLLER - 44

Anthony TOMEI - 5


Manager - Jay CULVER - 8

Coach- Dan KAPSCH - 25

Coach- Ed BUDZINSKI - 18

Coach- Bill BETHEA - 49