dated August 2, 2017
Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick
Freehold Township Little League from Freehold, New Jersey has seen their usual solid hitting remain quiet in Livermore. So in order to stay alive in the tournament, they were going to need to continue to play good defense and have some very good pitching. Which is exactly what they did.
In one of the best pitching performances of the tournament to date, John Abrahamsen put on a clinic. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 0 runs, 4 hits and no walks to shutdown Western Little League from San Angelo, Texas. And he did it with a very efficient 67 pitches. He only went to 3 balls on two hitters the entire day.
John said his fastball was his best pitch today, and he was hitting his spots.
Manager Jeff Gorman said it was not the team’s best game, but John’s effort was outstanding.
The New Jersey offense only had four hits, but they combined that with 5 walks to manage to squeak across 2 runs, which is all they needed today. Connor Morie had the best day at the plate, going 1-1 with a double and walk.
For Texas, they too had great pitching. Cayden Box went 4 1/3, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 earned run, and Kayden Hameister threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and no runs. Unfortunately, their tournament is now over.
Pictured are Connor Morie, Manager Jeff Gorman, and John Abrahmsen.
New Jersey will play its next game on Thursday August 3rd at 6pm PST.
For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.