Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nottingham 12s claim Jim Davis Cup

For The Trentonian/ JOHN BLAINE - Nottingham's Dom Chiarello slides safely into home.

For The Trentonian
 ROBBINSVILLE — Dom Chiarello went 4-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and eight RBIs to lead Nottingham’s 12-year-old all-stars to a 14-8 win in the District 12 championship game Tuesday night over Robbinsville at Tantum Park.
 Chiarello also scored three runs as Nottingham won its third district title in four years and the 25th in the history of the tournament.
 Chris Cote was the winning pitcher for Nottingham. He allowed four hits and six walks before reaching his pitch limit with one out in the fifth inning. Jake Muller pitched an inning and Alex Coleman finished on the mound.
 Nottingham got started quickly, sending nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning en route to building a 4-0 lead.
 Coleman, Dom Chiarello and Joey Sacco all singled with one out before Danny Melnick drove home two runs with a single. Tristan Spadola followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Sacco and Melnick scored on a throwing error.
 Nottingham added a run in the second frame as Coleman walked and was lifted for pinch-runner Andrew Barlow, who eventually scored on Chiarello’s RBI single to make it 5-0.
 In the top of the fourth inning, Nottingham got two more runs, both unearned, to extend its lead to 7-0. Spadola had an RBI single and Chris Harkness forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
 Robbinsville got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on homers by Justin MacCagnan, a solo shot to break up Cote’s no-hit bid, and a two-run blast by Tyler McGuigan after Danny Palmer walked. Robbinsville had a fourth run erased for a baserunner leaving early from third base trying to score on a flyout to right.
Nottingham got back the three runs in the top of the fifth. Cote and Coleman each singled and Chiarello drilled a homer to left to make it 10-3.
Robbinsville refused to go down without a fight. Grayson Cooke started the bottom of the fifth with a walk and one out later was joined on the bases by Palmer, who also drew a free pass. McGuigan then launched his second bomb of the night, this one deep over the centerfield fence.
Moments later, Robbinsville got within 10-7 when Nick Dottino walked and came around to score on a succession of wild pitches/passed balls. Cole Benner and Matt Griffin followed with walks to bring the tying run to the plate, but Nottingham reliever Muller got a strikeout to end the threat.
 Nottingham added four insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Matt Adams singled and Cote and Coleman both walked to set the stage for Chiarello, who lofted his second homer of the game — a grand slam this time — to left.
 McGuigan finished a strong game for Robbinsville with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, giving him six RBI for the contest.
Nottingham 410 234 – 14
Robbinsville 000 341– 8
HR: N – Chiarello 2; R – MacCagnan, McGuigan 2.
RBI: N – Chiarello 8, Melnick 2, Spadola 2, Harkness; R – McGuigan 6, McCagnan.


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