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Barrington Little League Majors ready for showdown with Erial

After mowing through the first three opponents in the N.J. District 14 Majors tournament, the undefeated Barrington Little League 12-year-old team will go head-to-head Saturday with the only other undefeated team, Erial.

12-year-old All-Stars during the borough's Independence Day parade Tuesday

12-year-old All-Stars during the borough’s Independence Day parade Tuesday

In the first three games of the tournament, Barrington’s offense has come alive while its pitching has stayed consistently strong. The team started with a 7-4 victory over Stratford on June 26, followed with an 11-4 win over Audubon on June 30 and a 14-4 drubbing of Blackwood this week at the Barrington field on Shreve Avenue.

“This ride that we are on right now is something these boys will never forget,” Manager Bob DelVecchio said. “This small group of kids really come together and play like a team when tournament time comes around. That’s what makes me proud to say I coach Barrington.”

Barrington will have its hands full Saturday against Erial, which combines a high-powered offense — scoring 44 runs in three games — with solid pitching — 11 runs given up, 10 of which were scored in one game.

“Erial hits for the long ball and do it very well,” DelVecchio said. “We played Erial Last year (2 times) and lost in the District 14 Tournament with a very young team. Erial went all the way to the New Jersey State finals but lost, so this year we think could be different.”

The two perfect teams will battle at 7 p.m. Saturday in Mount Ephraim. Then, on July 10 in Erial, the winner will face the final team standing in the elimination bracket. If one team remains undefeated after that game, it will be declared the champion. If not, a tie-breaking championship game will be played July 11 at Erial.

Barrington Under-12 team (submitted photo)

FAST FACTS

  • Barrington Manager: Bob DelVecchio
  • Assistant Coaches: Glenn Posey and Matt Mckeown
  • History: Barrington won the District 14 title in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1997, 2007
  • Team: DelVecchio says: “This years team is special. Five returning players from last years All-Star team, Darren Mckeown, Billy Watson, Danny Shell, Jason Cavalieri, Matt Diorio – power hitting from Mckeown,Watson, Diorio can hit the long ball and change a game real quick!! We are very deep in pitching and its lights out when Mckeown and Watson pitch.”
  • Tournament and beyond: The District 14 tournament is the first part of the Little League tournament to get to Williamsport, Pa., and the Little League World Series. After the district tournament is Sections, which is made up of four counties in South Jersey; then comes States. If you become New Jersey State Champs, then it’s off to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bristol, Conn., which is made up of champions from N.J., Pa., Washington, D.C., Delaware, New York and Maryland; then that winner goes to Williamsport.
  • DelVecchio quote: “I tell my team, it’s 1 game at a time, just go out play hard and have fun!!”
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One comment on “Barrington Little League Majors ready for showdown with Erial

  1. Pingback: Barrington Little League falls to unbeaten Erial; still has one more chance tonight « Barrington Bulletin

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