Middletown All-Stars earn a hard-fought district title

first_imgAfter losing their first game in the double elimination portion of the District 19 9- and 10-year-old Tournament, the Middletown All-Stars reeled off six consecutive victories in seven days, defeating Colts Neck Little League twice to, capture the District 19 9- and 10-year-old Little League Championship. On July 17, Middletown lost to Marlboro North, 9-0, in the first round of the tournament. However, the kids and coaching staff didn’t hang their heads. Instead, they pulled it together and defeated their next three opponents (Eatontown, Sandy Hook and Freehold American), to allow them to reach the semifinal round and another shot at Marlboro North. Middletown’s squad came ready to play and avenged their earlier loss by beating Marlboro North, 10-0, in four innings, behind a solid pitching performance from Gavin Koegel (3-0 in tournament play). The hard-throwing righty shut down Marlboro North, allowing only three hits while striking out eight batters. The offense was powered by Jake Fay’s three hits and five RBIs, Jason Huelbig’s two hits (including a two-run double), and Andrew Suarez, who collected two hits and two RBIs. With the win, Middletown moved on to the championship round against undefeated Colts Neck. The task would not be easy, as they would need two wins against Colts Neck, in as many consecutive days, to capture the crown. Once again, the Middletown team pulled together. In the first game, the score was knotted at 3-3, with Middletown coming to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on second base (Sean Wollman), Andrew Suarez stepped to the plate and crushed a 2-2 pitch to the left center-field wall that knocked in Wollman for the game-winning run, giving Middletown a 4-3 victory. Wollman (4-0 in tournament play) was tremendous on the mound, allowing only three hits while striking out seven batters. In the final contest, Middletown opened the scoring with two runs in their first at bat. Jason Huelbig (three hits) singled to lead the game off, and scored on Sean Wollman’s RBI single. Wollman scored the second run of the inning when Jake Fay lined a base hit to center. The score remained 2-0 until the fifth, when Colts Neck battled back and tallied two runs of their own to tie the game at 2-2. In the top of the sixth, Huelbig singled to center, and Joe Kissenger followed with a sacrifice bunt, moving Huelbig to second. On the next pitch, Huelbig went to third on a passed ball. Wollman then hit a 2-2 pitch for a single to right that brought home Huelbig for the winning run and gave Middletown the District 19 Championship. Once again, Gavin Koegel was the king of the hill as he picked up the victory, his third of the tournament. Faye (two hits), Wollman (two hits), Adam Gocinski, Sean McKee and D.J. Begley provided the offense for Middletown. The coaching staff, which is comprised of manager Steve Wollman, and coaches Jay Huelbig, Jim Fay, Pete Koegel and Mike Gocinski, would like to thank and congratulate the All-Stars on a tremendous tournament. The players are Rob Barnack, Will Barnack, D.J. Begley, Jason Huelbig, Joe Kissenger, Sean Wollman, Andrew Suarez, Sean McKee, Gavin Koegel, Adam Gocinski and Jake Fay.last_img read more