Bombers Do It Again

November 1, 2011

Nothing Left to Prove

With an 18-6 record, a Bomb Central hitting order and a dynamite pitching staff, the Bombers 11U Blue may be one of the best teams around.

Believe it or not the Bombers outscored their opponents 49-14 in a very competitive Diamond Nation Tournament. It was a twenty team tournament, the largest the team has ever participated in and it was their second tournament title this fall.

Matt Christopher and Ryan Graham stole the show with their tournament MVP performances.

The lights went out early in game one vs the ASBA Warminster squad. Ryan Graham threw a remarkable 39 pitches in three innings. He collected six strikeouts and only allowing three hits. Carella polished off the last three hitters in the fourth to help the bombers cruise to a 14-1 victory. In game one Ryan Graham and Matt Christopher were both 3 for 3 while Sal Cusumano went 2 for 2. The Bombers posted 14 hits in the contest.

Game two was another blow out pushing Arsenal to the side after putting up 8 hits and 11 walks and beating their opponent 17-2. Nick Dziuba and EJ Mangione combined for the three inning mercy-ruled game. Dziuba and Mangione both put up two strikeouts a piece. G-Unit, a.k.a. Garrett Carella, put up two hits while collecting three RBI’s.

Nate Liedtka took care of business on the hill in game three while only throwing 59 pitches. Through 5 innings, Liedtka only allowed two runs while striking out four. Graham closed the game in the sixth. EJ Mangione and Dylan Kleiner led the way for the Bombers offense by each adding two hits a piece including a double for each of them.

Game four was a bit more interesting as the Kingsbridge USC Knights dressed a large group of 13 yr olds. However, their size was no threat to the Bombers. Matt Christopher and Garrett Carella both pounded doubles. Christopher and Nick Dziuba finished off with two hits a piece in the the first playoff game. Ryan Graham threw four innings while giving up four runs and striking out two. Christopher also contributed by pitching the 5th and 6th innings to help close the door and finalize the 8-6 win. There was a bit of a controversy with the final out as there was an appeal to the home plate umpire on a great play by first basemen Sean Dugan. Dugan apparently dove back to the bag on a wild throw. The base umpire originally called him safe. Coach Chris Murray ran out and argued to check with the home plate umpire which then resulted in the changed call.

The Championship game was all EJ Mangione for 5 innings. EJ shut them down while only allowing one run in 5 full innings pitched. The defense was outstanding as well keeping them in the entire game. The final ended up being 5-4 as Lehigh Valley added on a few runs in the sixth. Garrett Carella and Nick Dziuba both contributed two hits in the championship. The Bombers put up a total of 5 runs with 11 hits. Doubles came from Cooper Quigley, Dylan Kleiner, EJ Mangione and Nick Dziuba. Congratulations 11-U Blue.

Bombers Blow Up Opponents

September 22, 2011

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.

Ryan Graham Goes Yahtzee in 10-0 Victory Over GVAA

September 13, 2011

“You Know This Kid is Butter, Cause He’s On A Roll”

It only took one game in to the fall season for Ryan Graham to jump on the board. Home Run numero uno came for the stellar ten year old who can pretty much play any position on Saturday afternoon. Graham was 2 for 4 on the day with 3 RBI’s. The 10-0 win over GVAA in a league game put the Jersey State Bombers 11-U squad at 1-0 on the season.

As always the offense came ready to go. Matt Christopher and Cooper Quigley both brought their bats to the game as they combined for 7 hits with Quigley having four and Christopher with three. Carella added a two for three day with a bomb of a double that nearly went out. Nick Dziuba and EJ Mangione were also 2 for 4 on the day. Sean Dugan and Tim Heslin also added singles in the contest. The team put up a total of 17 hits with four doubles, one home run, seven walks and nine total RBI’s on the day.

Everyone is starting to get used to the bats pounding the ball every game but one thing that sparked a great fall season opener is the way the defense executed plays. With exception to the last inning on defense, the Bombers looked great. There was an excellent run down play on a runner going to 2nd between 2nd basemen Garrett Carella and 1st basemen Sean Dugan to get the second out in the 2nd inning.

Graham also had a nice pick-off play to SS Matt Christopher to nail a base runner with a big lead. Graham pitched three innings while only throwing 23 pitches. He only let up two hits and struck out three. Nick Dziuba pitched two innings with 16 pitches, no hits and two strikeouts. Cooper Quigley and Sean Dugan combined their efforts on the hill in the sixth to finish off the game.

10U Jersey Bombers Finish Spring / Summer Season On Top

August 30, 2011

The Blue team recently won the 9th Annual GT All-Star Tournament in Blackwood, NJ. The tournament took place July 29th-July31st. The team is coached by Chris Murray who said, “The boys played incredible all season, but to end the spring/summer season on such a high note is awesome. They worked really hard and truly deserved it.” Overall the Bombers Blue went 4-1 on the weekend, outscoring their opponents 54-11, and went on to beat Mt. Laurel in the Championship Game 13-3.  In this tournament, the Bombers played up an age level and actually played 11-U.

The Red team won the Medford Killer “B” Tournament over the July 15th – July 17th weekend. The team is coached by Owen Boles who said, “What we saw this weekend was the payoff of all the hard work the boys have put in all season. When we needed a clutch hit, to make a pitch or a big play, we did it. We simply played great baseball all weekend and it was fun to watch.” The Bombers Red went 4-0 on the weekend, outscoring their opponents 53-8, and beat cross-town rival, Medford, 6-3 in the Championship Game.

About the overall success of his organization, General Manager Al Roach said, “This was the first full year for all of our teams, so our focus from the start was teach the kids the game and find the right position for each player. Our coaching staff, made up of former college and professional players, continually teach the kids what, where, when, and why we do certain things within the course of a game and practices. During the second half of the season we saw the kids really starting to gel which, in turn, brought many more wins. I am really proud of all our teams, and to win two tournament championships our first year is really special.”

Bombers 10 – Blue go 2-1 and take 4th seed in Playoff for the 3rd Annual showdown by the shore Tournament

July 6, 2011

In game one the Bombers came out and beat the Lacey Lightning 12-6. Matt Christopher pitched three innings while giving up no hits and striking out and walking two. Guest player Michael Rotindo pitched the last three innings giving up six hits while mowing down four. The team totaled up 21 hits by the time the game ended. Garrett Carella, Nate Liedtka, Matt Christopher and Ryan Graham all led the way with three hits a piece. Cooper Quigley, EJ Mangione, Sean Dugan and Michael Rotindo all had two hits each as well. The team had a total of 21 hits in 32 at bats giving them a team batting average of .656 for game one.

In Game two, the Bombers lost a game that probably should have been won. In the first inning two runs scored when only one run should have on a dead ball thrown in to the third base dugout. Final Score was 5-4. Nate Liedtka and Ryan Graham both pitched well while throwing three innings a piece.

The final score for game three was Bombers 18 and the Mt. Olive Marauders 8. Matt Christopher, Ryan Graham and Nate Liedtka all combined their pitching efforts to hold the Marauders to 8 runs through six innings. Going in to the fifth inning, the team was down 7-4 until the Bombers did what they do best, HIT!!! The highlight of the inning came off the bat of Nate Liedtka who blasted a grandslam over the fence. Doubles were also added in the game by Carella, Christopher, Liedtka, Graham and Cooper Quigley. The Bombers came up with 14 runs in the fifth inning with a total of 22 hits in the game.

Bombers 10-U Red Go 2-1 at Show Down at the Shore Tournament

July 6, 2011

The Bomber’s came to play at the Doc Cranmer Blvd tournament over the July 4th weekend. The Bombers won their first two games outscoring their opponents by 13 runs!!!

Coach Owen was quoted as saying “This squad continues to exceed my expectations. The boys show up ready to play each game and leave it all out on the field. You can’t ask for much more from your guys.”

Max Sakach, Donovan Wu, Brendan Scott, and Eddie Cashwell all had .500 batting avg’s for the tournament while Sal Cusumano led the team with a .571 avg. The pitching staff, led by Brendan Scott, JC Dobis, and Nick Dziuba once again proved to be more than the opposing hitters could handle. Their only loss came to the Titans on Monday which knocked them out of the playoffs due to giving up to many runs throughout the tournament. Despite not making the tournament playoffs, taking two of three in any tournament is still an accomplishment. Way to go Bombers!!!

Tim Schroeder and Tripp Miller Blast First Long Balls of the Season

July 5, 2011

Bombers 12 U Blue split with All-Out after pounding 26 runs in Sunday Double header.

In game one Greg Albert was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 rbi’s. Jarrett Wambold and Trey Crumpler were both 2 for 3 and Tripp Miller smashed his first home run of the year. Unfortunately the Jersey State Bombers fell short with an 18-10 loss.

In game two the Bombers ten runned their opponent with a 15-3 win in four complete innings. Liam graham was 2 for 3 with a home run and Mike Christopher and Tim Schroeder both hit home runs. Tim’s home run was a big one and his first on the year. Tripp Miller was 2 for 3 with a double. Joey Robertson and Jarrett Wambold were both 2 for 3 as well. Greg Albert was 3 for 3 in game two making him 6 for 7 on the day.

Joey Robertson got the win in game 2 giving him a 7-3 record on the mound. Robertson’s ERA is now down to 4.02.

Bombers Blue Teams go 4-0 on Weekend

May 25, 2011

The 12-U Bombers Blue squad, coached by former Rider outfielder Matt McCollum, out-scored the Deptford Spartans 15-7 in their Sunday double header. The Bombers offense was led by first basemen Mike Christopher and SS Greg Albert, who both went deep in the contests. Christopher was 5-6 on the day with two doubles and a home run posting 7 rbi’s. Albert was 4-5 with a home run and two saves on the hill. Game one was won 11-7 while game two was won 4-0. The second game was a pitching master piece by Josh Knapp, Joey Robertson and Greg Albert.

The 10-U Blue team also played Sunday against the Tri-State Arsenal Select. The Bombers posted 16 runs in the two games beating the opponent in game one 7-0 and 9-1 in game two. The offense was led by EJ Mangione, Ryan Graham, Matt Christopher and Cooper Quigley. Christopher reached base six times boosting his average to .511 while Mangione added three more hits and boosting his average to .594. In the first game, Nathan Liedtka pitched a fantastic five innings with 0 runs and 9 strikeouts. In game two, Christopher threw 3 and 2/3 innings while striking out six. Graham added three strikeouts in 1 and 1/3 innings pitched. Carella finished the last inning with no hits and a strikeout.

All around it was a great day for Bombers Baseball!!!!

Bombers 10-yr olds post 39 hits in three game weekend

May 16, 2011

Over the weekend the Bombers 10 yr old Blue Team headed to Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ where they went 2-1. In the three games the team posted up 39 hits and 20 walks to boost the team batting average to .370 and the team On Base Percentage to .460.

The final of game one was the Jersey State Bombers 10 and the North Jersey Expos 4. Ryan Graham pitched a gem while throwing the entire six inning game. The second game was an unlike-Bombers performance where they fell to the Young Guns 11-5. Walks and errors haunted the Bombers for part of this game allowing many un-earned runs.

In Game three the Bombers took on Gallagher Select. This game was neck and neck until the 5th inning. The score was 2-1 with Gallagher in the lead going in to the fifth until the Bombers batted in the bottom of the inning scoring 7 runs making the score 8-2. Somehow the final was 8-7 with the Bombers taking the W. Nate Liedtka pitched outstanding through five innings keeping the opponent to only 2 runs scored. In the last inning there were some errors mixed in with a couple hits to help give the Gallagher Select one more last minute run but the Bombers held on to give them their only loss of the tournament. The Gallagher Select went on to win the tournament beating Medford in the finals.

Cooper Quigley, Matt Christopher, EJ Mangione and Sean Dugan put up 5 hits a piece in the tournament. Jake Bianco and Blake Olsen both finished 4 for 8 on the weekend. Olsen also had 4 rbi’s. Garrett Carella was 3 for 8 and Ryan Graham was 3 for 6.

The next game for the 10 yr old blue team will be this Wed against the SJ Rattlers followed by the ET Riptides on Thursday. Sunday they will host the Arsenal National Team in Southampton at 12pm and 2:15pm.

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