Monday, July 2, 2012

LITTLE LEAGUE: Nottingham 12s punish HTRBA

For The Trentonian
ROBBINSVILLE — For anyone who has followed the Nottingham little league team this season, Monday night felt extremely familiar.
Nottingham continued to steamroll through the District 12 Little League tournament, beating HTRBA 16-1 in a mercy-rule shortened game at William Tantum Park. In its three tournament games thus far, Nottingham has outscored its opponents 44-5.
“The bats have really been working for us,” manager Mike Sacco said. “I can’t really complain at all.”

Nottingham pitcher Joey Sacco (photo by JOHN BLAINE)

After scoring three runs in the first, the floodgates truly opened for Nottingham in the bottom of the second. Sacco’s squad burned through three HTRBA pitchers en route to scoring 11 runs in the inning. The flurry included back-to-back home runs from Jake Muller and Chris Harkness, as well as another bomb from third baseman Dom Chiarella.
“Pretty much everyone has been hitting,” Muller said. “There really isn’t anyone who hasn’t been hitting well.”
Nottingham starter Joey Sacco was extremely effective if not quite as dominant as he was in his team’s 15-0 victory over Millstone-Roosevelt. Sacco allowed just one run in three innings of work, but needed 52 pitches to do so. That prompted the elder Sacco to use Chris Cote for the fourth inning. Cote had three strikeouts and a walk.
“With the tournament being spread out like it is, we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to throw Joey in pretty much all of our games, but it was good to get Chris Cote some work tonight,” Mike Sacco said. “He looked good coming in in the last inning.”
The was a scary moment in the third after HTRBA pitcher Thomas Kozemchak had given up three consecutive walks. HTRBA first baseman Nick Foster collapsed on the infield attempting to field a ground ball. Foster was helped off the field by his coaches, appearing to favor his right leg.
Nottingham’s Tristan Spadola scored on the Foster play. With the bases loaded, Cote hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field.
Nottingham advances to play Bordentown Friday, while HTRBA falls to the lower half of the double elimination bracket and will try to stay alive against Robbinsville Wednesday. Both games will be at Robbinsville.
HTRBA – 001 0 — 1
Nottingham – 3(11)2 — 16
WP- Sacco LP- Fremgen HR- (N) Muller, Harkness, Chiarella RBI – (N) Muller 4, Sacco 2, Chiarella 3, Harkness, Cote 2, Coleman


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