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Mid-Atlantic has to fight from being eliminated, a story of their summer

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher South Williamsport, PA – Mid-Atlantic is facing a similar fate they’ve faced many times over this summer. Toms River Little League, which represents the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Little League World Series, is no stranger this summer to losing a game in a double-elimination tournament. Toms River was down in each one of the tournaments, before fighting back. Hamilton, Ohio Little League, representing the Great Lakes Region, beat Toms River, 16-6, in Game 5 of the Little League World Series. “We had this same thing happen in district play, sectionals, state, as well as the regionals,” said Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Paul Deceglie. “We lost the first game in each one of them, then poured it on to be able to come back. I’m not going to say that will be the case here, because the teams here are very good teams. But all and all, I’m very proud of my team. They went out there and tried their hardest. It’s another day tomorrow.” With the loss, Toms River will meet Waipahu, Hawai’i. The loser of this game will be elimination from the tournament. This game is scheduled for a 2 pm broadcast. Yet with an 80% chance of rain in the forecast, the game may turn out to be canceled and made up later on in the week. Joey Rose, who struggled yesterday may get to start again today if the game is played. He went 0.0 innings and allowed 4 runs, including 2 earned. He allowed just 1 hit, while walking 1 for a 99.99 ERA. He also threw less than 20 pitches, which allows him to come back. “I don’t know yet,” said Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Deceglie. “We are going to talk to our kids [last night] and see.” In the top of the 6th inning, Burns was replaced on the mound by Cody LeBar. Burns went 2.0 innings and allowed 3 runs, all earned. He allowed 5 hits and walked 1, while striking out 1 for a 9.00 ERA. LeBar went 1.0 innings and allowed 2 runs, all earned. He allowed 3 hits and walked 1 for a 12.00 ERA. After the Mid-Atlantic pitching change, Landon Stephens walks, before scoring on a double by Cole Heflin. After a fielder’s choice that put advanced Bryce Couch to first base, Jarod Morrison singled. Ryan Robinson singled to load the bases. A Sam Scott putout for out number two allowed Couch to score. “It was our first game and we couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Hamilton West Side and Great Lakes manager Ken Coomer. “Morrison got into a little trouble – and defensively, there’s some things we could work on. But overall, we had a good game” In the bottom of the 5th inning, J. Morrison was replaced on the mound by Brooks Robinson. He went 4 2.3 innings and allowed 6 runs, just 5 earned. He allowed 5 hits and walked 2, while striking out 9 for a 6.43 ERA. B. Robinson went 1.1 innings. He walked 2, while striking out 3 for a 0.00 ERA. “He threw very well,” said Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Deceglie. “He has a good change up and was able to throw strikes. Our kids were swinging at balls out of the strike zone. I will talk to them about that [last] night. Our lineup is an aggressive lineup. We like to swing. We play aggressive, but it didn’t work for us [yesterday].” R. Robinson singled to start the top of the 5th inning. Scott also singled, putting two on base. After a Christian Halcomb putout, B. Robinson advanced to first after fielder’s choice. R. Robinson scores. In the top of the 4th inning, Morrison led off with a home run. R. Robinson advanced to second base with a double. Sam Scott was then hit by a pitch. Jacob Jones hits a 3-run home run to score R. Robinson, Scott, and his self. After the top of the 4th inning, Marinaccio was replaced on the mound for Toms River by Zach Burns. He went went 2 1.3 innings and allowed 3 runs, all earned. He allowed 3 hits and walked 1 for a 7.72 ERA. “Patrick came to me and said he was feeling sick,” said Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Paul Deceglie. “So, I didn’t want to take that chance. They’re kids, so when they say they’re not feeling well, they’re going to come out.” After the 2nd inning, when the score was 9-6, Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Deceglie thought his team would be able to come back and win the game. “I thought when we got it to 9-6, we were able to win the game at that point,” he said. “But their pitcher shut us down after the first two innings. It was a tough day.” In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the inning started out with multiple stubstitutions. After a strikeout, Michael Tiplady advanced to first base on a single. Lazzaro was hit by the pitch, which hit his hand first, before redirecting towards and hitting his helmet. Joe Hertgen would replace Lazzaro on first. Hertgen and Tiplady advanced to second and third respectively on a wild pitck. The following batter, Kevin Blum, would hit a triple. Both Tiplady and Hertgen would score. Blum would score on the very next play, after a Russell Petranto putout.In the top of the second inning, Morrison walked. After a R. Robinson putout, Morrison advanced to second on a passed ball. Then, Scott singled and Morrison advanced to third base. After a Tyler Hannah putout, Morrison was allowed to score. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Toms River started to mount a comeback. After an out, Russell Petranto singled. Patrick Marianaccio advanced to 1st base after an error by the third baseman. The following batter, Joe Rose, hit a 3-run home run off of Great Lakes pitcher Morrison. “They do have that mindset that they do battle back,” said Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Deceglie. “It was evident in the first two innings when we were able to score 6 runs. It didn’t go well with our pitchers. We weren’t hitting our marks. We thought they were strikes and the umpire said they weren’t strikes – it’s just the way it goes. This is a big stage for 12-year-old boys at any level, so maybe that played a part in it. But the bottom line is that the kids are having fun. We are happy that we are here. We’re going to be here [today] and we’re going to try to pull off a win.” In the top of the 1st inning, Great Lakes exploded for an 8-run inning. After the bases were loaded, Morrison singled to score Landon Stephens and Cole Heflin. Three plays later, a R. Robinson put out allowed Couch to score. The very next play, the Toms River shortstop makes an error, which allows Morrison to score. B. Robinson would then come up to the plate and hit a double. The 2-RBI double would allow Garrett Hogan and Tyler Hannah to score. Jacob Jones would then hit a two-run home run to end the scoring in the first. “It felt great,” said Jacob Jones of his two home run game. “I haven’t done that all season.” Mid-Atlantic went through three pitching changes in the inning. Rose started out the inning, before Jeff Ciervo went 2.3 innings and allowed 4 runs, all unearned. He allowed 3 hits for a 0.00 ERA. And finally, Marinaccio closed out the inning. “Well, it wasn’t the type of game that we typically play [yesterday],” said Toms River and Mid-Atlantic manager Deceglie. “Great Lakes is a great hitting baseball club, and there’s no doubt about that in my mind. Unfortunately, we had trouble hitting that Morrison pitcher, while we had a lot of pitching issues [yesterday]. We got down 8 runs in the first inning and we knew we could come back, but it would be very hard to do. All in all, it’s not a game that Toms River normally plays. I will say though it’s the way things go for us.”

Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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