dated July 30, 2017
by Todd Reddick
For the second straight year, the host CA District 57 team from Danville Little League opened up with a win in the Intermediate World Series. This year, it was a hard fought, well played 3-2 win over Freehold Township Little League from Freehold, New Jersey.
After New Jersey tied the game in the top of the sixth by way of a double from Jonathan Olik, Danville opened the bottom half by putting their first two runners on base. But after a strikeout – throwout double play, it looked like we would go to the 7th inning tied. But Danville get a couple runners on base, and Cole Boscia hit a soft line drive up the middle that plated Tyler Wood with the go-ahead run.
Blake Alameda stayed on the mound, and after a brief conversation after one out, Manager Jim Grant decided to go past the planned pitch count for Blake and let him close it out. Blake got three straight outs to give the large pro-Danville crowd a win.
Cole is not a stranger to delivering the big hit. In the District Championship game against Granada Little League, Cole came up with Danville down by one run, the bases loaded and two outs. On the first pitch, Cole drove a ball down the third base line that ultimately plated both the tying and winning runs.
Blake pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 run, while striking out 5,
Jonathan Olik was 2-3 with an RBI and run for New Jersey, and Zachary Gorman had the most impressive pitching performance of the tournament thus far. Zachary gave up just 2 hits and 2 runs in his 4 innings, while striking out 10.
Manager Grant said that the teams focus and success depends on limiting walks allowed and their own errors. That is exactly what they did in allowing only 2 walks while not making any miscues in the field.
Pictured are Cole Boscia, Manager Jim Grant, and Blake Alameda.
Danville plays next on Monday July 31st at 6pm PST against Texas (Southwest).
New Jersey will play next on Tuesday August 1st at 6pm PST.