New Jersey Flexes Muscle in 7-2 win over Florida

dated August 1, 2017

Max Baer 1, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick

Freehold Township Little League from Freehold, New Jersey was a little nervous in their first game of the Intermediate World Series.  And after getting down 2-0 after 3 innings, Manager Jeff Gorman wondered when his offense would finally wake up.

And it woke up in a hurry.  Jayce Shapiro ignited the offense when he tied the game with a 2-run HR off a fastball, and two batters later John Abrahamsen hit a solo HR to give New Jersey a lead that they would never surrender.

John unloaded on another fastball in the sixth for a 3-run HR.  This second home run was estimated at well over 300 feet.

Three Freehold pitchers limited the Highlander Youth Recreation Little League team from Georgetown, Indiana to only 7 hits and 1 walk.  The most impressive pitching performance may have been from Jayce Shapio.  He retired all five batters he faced, on a mere 7 pitches, which consisted primarily of his new-found knuckle ball.

For Indiana, Jadon Stoner was the star, going 3-3 with a double and RBI, and retiring all 6 batters he faced.

With the loss, Indiana has now been eliminated from the Intermediate World series

Pictured are Jayce Schapiro, Manager Jeff Gorman, and John Abrahamsen

New Jersey will play its next game game on Wednesday August 2nd at 12pm PST against Texas.

Indiana will play a consolation game on Thursday August 3rd at 12pm PST.

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