Bombers Blow Up Opponents

September 22, 2011 by  

Over the September 17th & 18th weekend, the Jersey State Bombers 11 year old Blue team headed down to Sports at the Beach located in Rehoboth, Delaware to participate in this year’s Fall Classic Tournament.  The outcome was Bombers!!! Bombers!!! Bombers!!!.  They posted an astonishing 5-0 record throughout the weekend, crowning them tournament champions.  Three of the wins were come from behind wins in the last inning.  Very Exciting Baseball!!!!!

In game one the Bombers beat the Delaware Blue Hens 6-5 in a sloppy & wet game while rain continued to fall the entire afternoon.  Nick Dziuba pitched well striking out five in three innings pitched.  EJ Mangione shut the door down throwing only 19 pitches and allowing no hits in the last three innings.  Mangione and Dugan were 2-3 in the contest.  Carella posted 2 RBI’s, Quigley and Welling both had RBI’s as well with Welling’s being the walk off.   Kleiner and Heslin both also added singles.
Game two was a bit more interesting as the game went on in the night.  The game didnt start until 5:45pm forcing the two teams to play the final inning in a near pitch black environment.  Ryan Graham, Matt Christopher and EJ Mangione all combined for a good pitching performance.  Sal Cusumano and Matt Christopher both went 3 for 3 while totaling 3 RBI’S.  Mangione added a double and Carella, Graham, Dugan and Heslin all added singles to combine for an additional 3 RBI’s.  The total score ended up being Bombers 7 and the SJ Young Guns 5.
Game three was against the BCC Bombers.  It was 3-1 going in to the last inning with the JS Bombers down.  The bottom of the sixth was led of by a Garrett Carella walk only to be followed by more walks, hits and errors on the defense.  Cooper Quigley had the game tying single while Nick Dziuba had the walk off single to score the go ahead run.  One of the highlights of the game was a catch by Sal Cusumano in centerfield, he came up firing to the plate to nail a tagging runner which would have made the difference in this game.  Final Score Jersey State Bombers 4 and the BCC Bombers 3.
Shortly after a great come from behind win the Bombers took on the Gallagher Select who were also 3-0 in the tournament.  Ryan Graham stole the show on the mound by pitching all six innings.  In those six innings, Graham only threw 56 pitches.  Mangione was 2 for 2 with a double and a single.  Welling was also 2 for 2 with two singles and an RBI.  Ryan Graham added two hits with one being a double off the top of the left field wall, a ball that would have gone out if the wind wasn’t blowing in.  Carella, Quigley, Dugan and Dziuba also had doubles totaling 3 RBI’S amongst them.  The final score was Bombers 7 and the Gallagher Select 2.
Immediately following game four, the Bombers played game five against the Delaware Rockets for the tournament championship.  The game turned in to a blow out.  The Bombers offense blew up with 17 hits.  Matt Christopher showed off his power by blasting two home runs over the 200 ft fence.  Garrett Carella also peaced on a ball to center field that was no more than 33 feet off the ground, give or take 4 inches for his first home run of the fall season.  Ryan Graham stands out again going 3 for 4 with an RBI.  Sean Dugan was 2 for 3, Nick Dziuba was 2 for 2, Sal Cusumano was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’S and Dylan Kleiner and Jack Welling both had singles.   EJ Mangione had a phenomenal pitching performance going all five innings and keeping the opponent at only 3 runs.  At the end of the championship game Bombers Catcher / Pitcher EJ Mangione was awarded the MVP of the tournament.  Final score was Bombers 13 and the Rockets 3.